Making music is one of the most powerful forms of self-expression that we have, but it isn’t always easy. It takes a lot of practice and a lot of hard work, and it’s not unusual to face disappointment along the way.
Singers in particular tend to attract a lot of attention, both positive and negative, because even if they’re in a band instead of working as a solo artist, they’re still treated as the group’s figurehead. When the feedback is positive, it can inflate their ego, and when the feedback is negative, it can damage their confidence.
The good news is that there’s hope out there, and it comes in the form of these six inspiring quotes. We think it’s impossible to read these without going away with more confidence. Here’s why.
Lou Rawls: It’s great communication
Rawls says, “Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” Music has often been referred to as a universal language, although Psychology Today says that this depends upon your definition. Still, it’s certainly true that you don’t need to speak German to appreciate Mozart – or Rammstein, for that matter.
Amanda Seyfried: It’s cathartic
Seyfried explains, “Singing is a way of releasing an emotion that you sometimes can’t portray when you’re acting. And music moves your soul, so music is the source of the most intense emotions you can feel.” John Watts of Australian Writings, who writes everything from songs to short stories, goes as far as to say that writing and singing his lyrics is his version of therapy.
Swedish Proverb: There’s always a way
According to a Swedish Proverb, “Those who wish to sing, always find a song.” It’s a timely reminder that where there’s a will, there’s a way. It ultimately boils down to the fact that our voices are our greatest asset and a vital tool for self-expression. If you want to sing then nobody can stop you – you’ll always find a song.
Stephen Sondheim: It’s liberating
Sondheim says, “If I cannot fly, let me sing.” Unless you’re a superhero then the chances are that you can’t fly either, but singing is a good alternative. Columnist Judith Timson suggests joining a choir for its health, psychological and social benefits, as well as for that feeling of liberation. It’s a reminder that singing can benefit us all – and not just professional musicians.
Yip Harburg: It makes you feel a thought
Yip Harburg says, “Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.” That’s why singers have a responsibility to improve both their vocal skills and their overall knowledge. This combination of musical ability and knowledge allows you to make people feel a thought in a way that other mediums can’t keep up with. In an essay on modern music, Carey Jones of Assignment Geek explains, “The best musicians use a combination of words and music to tell a story and to engage their listeners with their emotions.”
Lauren Myracle: It makes you happy
Myracle says, “If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be.” This is an outlook shared by Johannes Croft of EduGeeksClub Writing Service, who says he takes regular breaks when he’s working from home to sing a song or two while playing his guitar. It’s also backed up by new research that found that singing every day reduces stress, clears sinuses and helps you to live longer.
If you’re a singer, confidence is vital. It impacts your stage presence and your ability to sing overall. A certain amount of nerves is par for the course and can help to get your adrenaline going, but if you’re not confident in your ability to sing then the pressure can become too much and end up being counterproductive. It can lead to your voice shaking and even cause you to miss your cues.
That’s why we wanted to share these quotes, to remind you why you fell in love with singing in the first place. We hope that they inspire you to be more confident and to become the superstar singer that you’re destined to be. Good luck.