Courage. Strength. Taking heart. We could all use a little more of these things.
This week, feel your own courage rising, and sing bravely from it. Even if you are feeling anxious or doubtful—if you lack the vim and verve, if taking heart just doesn’t seem to be an option — that’s fine, sing from there.
Option A: Beyond fear. The dictionary defines courage as “the ability to do something that frightens you.” So think of something you are truly afraid of: spiders, failure, sharks, heights, public speaking, death, bankruptcy, clowns, the dark. And sing to us about it. Courage, singers! It’s only a song.
Option B: Encourage yourself. Another definition of courage is “strength in the face of pain or grief.” So think back to a moment of sadness, grief or pain that you experienced in the last month. It could be something big, but it could also be subtle, like losing your phone, or stubbing your toe, or seeing a child in distress. And now, sing back to yourself at that moment of pain. A song of encouragement.
The steps are as follows:
Step 0: Sign up for a free SoundCloud account here. Join the SSS group.
Step 1: Record yourself singing for two minutes.
Step 2: Upload to SoundCloud and post the track to the SSS group.
Step 3: Listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow singers. (Play nice!)
Deadline: Your tracks should be uploaded by midnight wherever you are on Monday, June 15, 2015.
Description: It would be awesome to include a short description of where and when you sang your piece.
Title/Tag: When uploading to SoundCloud, put “[sss-courage]” in the title of your track. Also include the term “sss-courage” as a tag. This will help us find it.
Group: Once the track is uploaded, click on the “Add to group” button below the waveform and make sure to select the Society for Spontaneous Singing group. (This option will only appear if you have already joined the group! So do that now.)
Linking: You are welcome to include this info in your description:
This track is a reply to “SSS Prompt 20: Sing Your Courage.” More on the Society for Spontaneous Singing at http://singthis.org .