Note: edit organizing owner Sarah Gant is exploring 14 ways love can be expressed during the first two weeks of February. This is the 5th installment.
I love to sing. I have always loved singing, and when I was a kid, my brother and younger sister and I sang all the time. My older sister Laura loved music and to this day has an impressive collection of 45s which she uses in her juke box, but she is not a singer to my knowledge. I remember singing Carpenters songs and Bobby Sherman ditties with my little sister Ali, and because my brother was an accomplished pianist, I was exposed to lots of great classical, Broadway and popular music through him.
When I think about how singing songs with people I love is a true gift of love, really special memories percolate to the top. Harmonizing Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Moon” walking on the beach at night on Amelia island with Alison; having the amazing experience of going with the Kent Place School Chorale to England where we sang American spirituals in several cathedrals; howling the Hallelujah Chorus, Roches style, as I drove my Kenyon gal pals to Krogers in Mt. Vernon (Lessie, do you remember?)
But what really gets me, always, are songs that are bestowed, especially when those that round the corner and run headlong into me. Like the time Alison was over and she was singing “One elephant went out to play under a mulberry bush one day,” a lullaby, to my infant Allaire, and I realized it was the only song I could ever remember our mother, with her gravelly voice, singing to us when we were babies. Or the time I picked Allaire up from pre-school, and I asked what she learned, and she sailed into a rousing, lisping “Sittin’ on a fence post, chewin my buuuuublegum.” I was so delighted, I asked her to sing it over and over– “Do it again!” which was a delightful turnaround of her constant refrain to me, “Do it again Mama!” And at my 45th birthday party, where the theme was music (remember the little plastic thingies we stuck in 45 records?) and John surprised me by cornering me in the kitchen and quietly singing, “King of the Road” to me in his beautiful baritone voice.
Expressions of Love: As Karen Carpenter would say, “Sing. Sing a Song. Sing out loud….” Learn a love song and sing it for your sweetheart. Choose something within your vocal range, and choose something that captures the very best your relationship with that person. My go to artists are Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Ella Fitzgerald. It is the performance that is so delightful, so give yourself time to practice and make a special moment to give this gift. I would love to hear how it goes so please comment below.