The data suggests that we are profoundly shaped by our social environment and that we suffer greatly when our social bonds are threatened or severed. When this happens in childhood it can lead to long-term health and educational problems. We may not like the fact that we are wired such that our well-being depends on our connections with others, but the facts are the facts.
If you’re looking for ways of connecting with other people whom you may enjoy meeting, then barbershop singing has a lot going for it. We all are affected by music we hear and it can have an astonishing effect on the stress we may be feeling or our moods. The video below provides a graphic example of this.
As the flight attendant for US Airways who uploaded this video to YouTube mentioned:
Our flight to New Orleans today was delayed for maintenance AFTER we had boarded. I started talking to the passengers and realized we had a barbershop quartet in our presence. I asked them to sing and most of the passengers began video taping! It was such a great moment… The mood changed and our passengers were awesome for the whole 5 hours they were on the plane! One of my favorite moments!!! Thank you to Port City Sound for creating a wonderful memory!
If that video encourages you to explore how you might get involved in barbershop singing, then please contact me. If you live in Metro Vancouver, then the First Capital Chorus in Langley, BC would love to welcome you. If you would like to attend one of their Barbershop Big Chorus events, you will have a most enjoyable evening. After all, as they say, Sing and Grow Younger.
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