To Sing or Not To Sing? To Laugh or Not to Laugh?

Not many people know this but I love to sing, I know the words to almost every 80’s song and I sit at home sometimes and just play music while downloading the lyrics to sing along, in the rare instance that I do not know the words. The downside of this is that you need breath to sing. I cant ever sing a song without missing some of the lyrics because I have lost my breath and/or its made me cough. My solution to this…lip sync. I absolutely love lip sync-ing. I think I am beyond awesome. My all time go to is “Bette Davis Eyes”, because we share the same throaty rasp, her’s from smoking and mine from…not smoking.

I also have a hard time laughing. I love laughing but laughing a hard laugh will send me into a fit of cough rage which becomes not so funny. In fact, I had to create this stupid huff laugh that is more like pressure breathing on Mount Everest. My friend Angela has this amazing laugh when she thinks something is super funny and that’s the laugh I want some day!! It makes me laugh my stupid laugh.

Oh well. My life is about Adapt.Overcome. Move on.

I just wanted to share. I miss singing and laughing for reals.

P.S. My current favourite song to lip sync right now is “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed. It was written by Paul Simon about the burgeoning trend in consumerism and how society became these lambs sucked in by the neon signs and marketing campaigns convincing us all we need something we actually do not need. The ‘narrator’ wishes to help bring us back to a need vs.want but is very disillusioned with the lack of awareness about the issue and how consumerism has buried the truth. It is about simplicity and returning to what was real. I think it is more applicable now than ever.

The Sound of Silence.

Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again

Because a vision softly creeping

Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone

Narrow streets of cobblestone

‘Neath the halo of a street lamp

I turned my collar to the cold and damp

When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light

That split the night

And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw

Ten thousand people, maybe more

People talking without speaking

People hearing without listening

People writing songs that voices never share

And no one dared

Disturb the sound of silence

Fools, said I, you do not know

Silence like a cancer grows

Hear my words that I might teach you

Take my arms that I might reach you

But my words, like silent raindrops fell

And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed

To the neon god they made

And the sign flashed out its warning

In the words that it was forming

And the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls

And tenement halls

And whispered in the sounds of silence

Songwriters: Paul Simon

The Sound of Silence lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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