As this is my first blog post I feel like I should introduce myself. My name is Sophia Metcalf, I’m a 16 year old West Milford student, I’ve been going to mama Zuke for 5 years, and I am a singer-actor. I also dabble in some songwriting and dance, but my focus is mostly on musical theater... without the dancing... mostly because I’m uncoordinated... Anyway, what I wanted to talk about today with you is something pretty personal to me that I hope you’ll be able to relate to: the way I feel when I sing. I don’t know if it is the same for everyone, so I thought I should put it out there and see how you react as fellow artists.
For me, singing is an incredibly spiritual activity. Now don’t get turned off . I promise I’m not about to preach at you. I mean "spiritual" as in soul-loving, blood-pumping, really feeling awake and alive kind of spiritual :). I remember about a year back a group came to my church to talk about confirmation and stuff. I honestly don’t remember anything about sacraments or confirming my faith or whatever I was supposed to learn that night, but I do remember this: A college girl with a joyous, mousey expression with a guitar who said “Singing is like praying twice.” Now, even for those of you who aren’t religious, I feel as if this quote has a lot of meaning. Praying is typically something very intimate. It essentially expresses all of one’s hopes, one’s dreams, and one’s fears to an omnipresent being that takes faith to even believe in. By singing, you’re doing all the same things-- exposing yourself in an incredibly intimate way to an audience. You are forced to trust in your ability to connect with them, just as in prayer you’re trusting in your ability to reach God, or Allah, or Yahweh, or whoever. It’s terrifying, but that’s the best part. For three and a half minutes, your soul is completely bared to people you have never met, and with whom you may never have a conversation, and with it they can do whatever they wish. Being able to put faith in the connection I make when I sing, and in the crowd’s human (if not always positive) reaction is a kind of religious experience for me.
Please feel free to comment with your thoughts! I’m thinking if I get some very interesting responses I’ll feature them next week. Also, if you have anything you’d like me to talk about, you can comment that too.
Peace, DFTBA (Don’t Forget To Be Awesome)