Sing and Grow Younger

Many work hard to counter the effects of aging. However that may be too modest a goal. For example, Deepak Chopra sets out in his book, “Grow Younger, Live Longer” Ten Steps to Reverse Aging.

He and his associate, David Simon, M.D., show how it is essential to renew all dimensions of the self—the body, mind, and spirit — in order to feel and look younger.

He believes that you must learn how to maintain a youthful mind, cultivate flexibility, strengthen your immune system, nourish your body, and much more. As you begin to reverse your biological age, you will find yourself tapping into your inner reservoirs of unlimited energy, creativity, and vitality. This assumes that the normal experience of the body and its aging is a conditioned response, a habit of thinking and behaviour. By changing your habits of thinking and behaviour, you can change the experience of your body and its aging.

What should you do?

1st capital chorusSo is there some key activity you might take up to achieve this life-changing experience? The First Capital Chorus, which is a Langley based barbershop quartet group, believes it has the answer. Their mantra is “Sing and Stay Young”. You can get the flavour of what they do in a recent post on a Big Chorus event they held. If you would like to connect with others who sing, then this is the place to go.

Their website suggests that Science Proves Why YOU Should Sing with US.  This sets out 10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind.

Effects of music include improving verbal IQ, aiding in heart disease treatment, evoking colours in the mind and even helping you see happy faces all around. Every fan knows the tremendous effects of music and the power it can have over both thoughts and emotions.

Great music can transform an ordinary day into something magical, even spiritual. It can provide solace, release, strong sensations and more. But the effects of music spread further still: right up from our genetic code, through our thoughts and bodies and out into how we relate in groups.

You can find much more detail on the website but here is a quick list of the 10 effects:

  1. Improve verbal IQ
  2. Feeling the chills
  3. The happiness effects of music
  4. Singing together brings us together
  5. Effects of music on heart disease
  6. Why sad music lifts you up
  7. Seeing happy faces
  8. The colour of music
  9. Could music bring back your vision?
  10. Babies are born to dance!

The author of the article is Dr Jeremy Dean, a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog. His latest book is “Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick“.  So we see that Dr. Dean is very much in agreement with Dr. Chopra.

Why I like barbershop quartet singing

If you ask anyone who takes part in barbershop quartet singing, you will find they may well offer any or all of the following reasons:

  • I like to sing
  • Music can trigger powerful emotions and you can connect with your audience
  • Music can improve your positive outlook
  • It’s a community that is fun to be with
  • You can do it anywhere without needing instruments or equipment (A cappella)
  • It’s a great cardiovascular activity
  • It encourages mental sharpness
  • I can be proud of my skills
  • As a charity, we can generate funds for those in need. It is one of the most pleasant ways of paying it back to society.

Barbershop Harmony Society

People engaged in barbershop quartet singing are often members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, which was founded in 1938. However it is far from a group that is looking back with nostalgia for its past achievements. Instead at the end of June this year, it proclaimed a new mission which you will see described in the following video.

Please contact me if you would like to know more.

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