Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sing Out Loud, Sing Out Strong

♪♫ Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud, sing out strong
♪♫

Recognize these lyrics? They’re from the tune “Sing”, which was created for the very well-known children’s TV show Sesame Street. It gained a tremendous amount of popularity when it was performed by The Carpenters, an American vocal and instrumental duo that consisted of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter.

This song comes to mind when I think of something my mother has told me many times throughout my life. That one of the most joyous things to do in life is to sing. “Sing” she reminds me every now and then. “Sing while you work. Sing while you cook and clean and garden. Sing while you shower and do the laundry and drive. Sing with feeling. Sing with joy. Sing to celebrate life. And sing out loud.”


I do. All the time. It fills my heart with happiness and lifts my spirits. And every single time I sing, I think about my mother and all the wonderful things she has instilled in me. How she’s taught me to seek out the simple things in life, and find happiness and harmony in them.

I thought about her again last night as I listened and sang along to Christmas music while I baked another batch of cookies. I imagined her smiling and saying “That’s it, my daughter, sing. Be happy and sing.”

My parents and my oldest brother many Decembers ago. My mom was pregnant with her second son
who was due in March, and I was going to arrive 11 months after he was born. We were Irish twins.
I’ve always enjoyed Christmas music, but I find myself appreciating it more and more as the years go by. This is the time of year I sing louder than usual. Because I feel the joy of the season. Because I am grateful for all my blessings. And because I think about my mother, and how much it would please her to know that even after all these years, I still sing out loud.

Here’s a beautiful holiday tune I ran across earlier this week that I’d like to share with all of you. You might find it difficult to keep from singing along.




A lovely Tuesday, to all.

♪♫ Don't worry that it's not good enough
For anyone else to hear
Just sing, sing a song
♫♪

39 comments:

  1. Good for, that's the way to do it.

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  2. I love belting out a tune, but make sure I do so in the privacy of my chambers so no one else has to suffer the pain. LOL

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    1. Hahaha... Well, I'm totally heartless 'cause I just don't care!

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  3. I LOVE singing Christmas carols out loud...the people around me don't like it so much though :)

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    1. But I bet they envy that you have the courage to sing out loud!

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  4. that song is going to play in my head all day - I loved that song as a kid

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    1. I hear ya! It's been playing in my head since yesterday!

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  5. True it is good to sing out loud . I used to sing in concerts at school then got older and sang in a band for many years ya know the bands that would be in bars live back in the good ole days and did Karaoke to . I am a hummer though I hum all the time even whilst I am even here typing lol ! I find belting out a good tune makes the blood pump and cleans out your pipes lol ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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    1. Humming is another one of my favourite things, especially when I work in the garden. That is pretty cool that you sang in a band! Bet that was a lot of fun.

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  6. Great video, Martha! Are you a fan of the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black"? Danielle Brooks plays "Taystee" in it and Uzo Aduba is "Crazy Eyes." I must share this video with My Rare One -- we LOVE these girls!

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    1. I've heard of it but never watched it. But I do know who these girls are. And Danielle Brooks has the most amazing voice I've ever heard.

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  7. I haven't seen real Christmas carols in person in a long time

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  8. What a beautiful photo of your parents and brother. Thanks for sharing the song. It's so wonderfully cheery and fun!

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    1. I agree; it's a cheery and fun! Gets you into the Christmas spirit.

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  9. Singing is one of my favorite things... even though others may wish I didn't love it oh so much. ;-) But music, it's such an incredibly intricate and vital part of my life and gets to bemore and more so as I get older. Love this post. Happy singing!

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    1. I hear you, Bird! Music is very important to me, too. Not a day goes by that I don't listen to something or other, and even sing along. I can't imagine a world without music.

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  10. Great post and memories Martha! I remember my mother 'singing as she worked' around the house. I think I learned this too as I will 'break out in song' if something triggers my memory of a song from the past......and away I will go with it!! Jsut ask Ron, I am doing this all the time!!
    Irish twins!! I like this term. Does 15 months difference count? My sister and I just may be Irish twins too!!

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    1. Good for you, Jim! I think singing is one of the most uplifting things to do. Irish twins are siblings born less than a year apart. You almost made it, Jim! LOL...

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  11. I Sing all kinds of Song, and I love the Carpenters so you better sing along with me :)

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    1. Sing away, Lorraine, to whatever tune makes you happy!

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  12. darn it my vocals here are on , nothing is muted but when I try to play it puts and x on the music ,,,,:( tralalalalal, stupid laptop, I even fixed the setting to unmuted made it loud and still I doesn't work so I'll sing something in my mind the photo is beautiful though, so glad you were born, you look a little like your mom

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    1. I do resemble my mom a little, and I have some of my dad in me, too. I'm a mish mash of both sides of the family!

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  13. That is a fun song. Thanks for sharing it. Gotta l little boogie to it.

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    1. I was already happy about my chores being done, so this just put me over the top. Very Imagine Dragons-like to me. I could easily hear them doing a fun Christmas album.

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  14. This is a great tribute to your mother. Now remember that you are passing things along to the next generation and that's something to sing about.

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    1. Absolutely! And that is a wonderful thing to pass along.

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  15. Lovely Christmas tribute and reminiscing. I do know that first song!

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    1. This time of year makes me reminisce about things like this!

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  16. I sang where I worked, where I lived, on the commute, on the street.... never even knew I was doing so until someone would ask... what's the name of that song?

    kinda like someone says ... I like your earrings and you reach up and touch your earrings... lol

    I had one co-worker who complained about my singing. I said ... well? if you'll walk the other way, you won't hear me! ... she said ... YOU SING WALKING BY MY DESK ... oh well? sorry. I'll try to hold it down.

    I had my defenders though ... she was a reeeeal bitchy old broad ... never smiled. I also liked to a casette tape in my dictaphone ot listen to while I worked and would forget and SING away... my boss said to knock that off.. ok ok ok

    He and I would go out for brunch with a bunch of others from work ... went to this great quirky bar where they had the best juke box in the world! ... others tried to get OUR song taken off... Cattle Call by Eddie Arnold .. HAHaaaa...

    oh, me... well? thanks for the memory and am glad to know someone else sings ... for no reason other than ... it's a fun thing...

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    1. It sounds like you had a great time singing! Except for that bitchy old broad that never smiled. It's kind of sad that people live that way, unhappy and bitter. I always wonder what their story is. Were they always that way? Did something happen that made them that way? It must be tiring to be so miserable.

      Yup, you got that last part right, Carolyn; I sing just to sing. Do we really need a reason? I don't think so. It makes us happy, and that's enough.

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  17. A wonderful post, Martha! I love to sing, too, and sometimes I don't realize I'm singing while I work around the house until my husband smiles at me. I'm no great singer--I can carry a tune, but I'm no soloist. But it's the joy of it that makes me do it. :-)

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    1. Good for you, Tina! Sing away, girl, just because it makes you happy.

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  18. I love Christmas and I love singing too! I'm learning some Christmas songs to play on the piano :D

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    1. That is fantastic! I bet you're having a great time with that.

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  19. Your mother was so right (and so are you)! Singing lifts the spirits and it doesn't matter what you sound like. Make a joyful noise...Thanks for this post.

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    1. That's it, Cathy...make a joyous noise! Music is one of the most beautiful things in this world!

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