All in Singers & Psychology
In the 1930’s when the majority of thought leaders in the burgeoning field of psychology were caught up studying the broken and ailing, Abraham Maslow took a different approach. Seeking out humans he termed as “exemplary” Maslow developed his revolutionary Hierarchy of Needs. This article explore how his findings can be applied to humans in a group singing context.
When a song is shared or a performance delivered, the success felt is an inclusive, empowering experience. A success which leaves no one behind.
There is a compelling humanity to the sound of unified human voices; no instruments, no tools. A collective to add your one voice to. Or not.
As part of a choir, you are one fraction of the greater whole. At times when your silence is important, then at other points, you are responsible for breaking the silence.
Group singing is not about one person standing out, but together working & striving for a common goal.
I have sung in choirs for years. And it is as part of a choir I have felt the strongest sense of connection & identity.
No one should walk into a gym, squat down, & expect to lift one of those cartoonishly over-sized barbells. The same is true of singing...
There is an invigorating energy that comes from achieving something outside your comfort zone... that zesty feeling YOU ARE ALIVE!
In this life, we all have to deal with fear. And, at times, we are forced to confront it.
If my life was a house I would want to furnish it with more than just the bare necessities.
In this life, there are a few necessities humans require for life; air, water, food, shelter, security.
I believe that while a single human voice is comparatively quiet & small, it holds the power to change the world.