All posts tagged: hymns

Let Your Soul Sing

I glance to my left and see a line of puffed-up chests. Chins are lifted, eyes the same, or squeezed shut. The chests, they puff with words and breath that climb in a collective up-current like those that catch sheets on clothes lines or carry dandelion seeds away. Me, I struggle to squeeze the words out my suddenly-swollen throat. All the voices: the young ones, the old ones, the tenors, the sopranos, the soft ones, the bellowy ones, the gifted ones, the tone-deaf ones; they all muddle to make one magnificent noise, one hallowed space. We could be anywhere. Anywhere they sing – at the footy, in a choir, at the Olympics, at a state event, at a concert, at a rally or at church. We could be singing anything: the national anthem, a team song, a chart-topper, a ballad or a hymn. Singing releases endorphins (the pleasure hormone) and oxytocin, the hormone that both reduces stress and strengthens feelings of trust and connection. Countless studies vouch for the benefits of singing – particularly collective singing – …