Probably some of you have been at a party, around a campfire or at some other sort of gathering where people are singing together. Maybe you joined in. Maybe you didn’t. Maybe you don’t get it- why do people like singing together?
I don’t know either. Maybe it’s sharing the experience of liking the same music. Maybe it’s the physicality of it. I love singing. I’m not good at it, but I love it. Really opening up my throat and singing is a beautiful thing. Doing it with others is even better.
I’ve never been much of a “jammer.” In most of the bands that I’ve played in, practice is just a matter of showing up, going through the songs we play and maybe adding a new one if there’s time, or if someone has a new song to play. It’s been years since I brought in a riff and started playing and then tried to build a song from that. I find it frustrating, and being busy adults we rarely have the time to do this.
But every now and then we’ll play through a song we all know. Lately it’s been Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin. Sometimes we’ll play some Misfits or Dead Kennedys. Or some Ramones. It’s a joy to share songs with a band.
I’ve also never been a fan of Karaoke. You might say “well duh, you’re in a band, why bother?” And that’s part of it. But also it’s just not that fun to be in a crowd, by myself with everyone staring at me. I’m just not that rock star. But with a group, we’re a team, working together to make sure the audience has a good time.
Some of you may have been around a campfire and someone will bring out a guitar and start singing. Some of you probably groan. Most of you won’t sing along. Try it! Trust me, I’m not a good singer. But when you’re in a crowd, no one can tell. It feels good. Do it.