Choosing To Sing

by 123pizza on February 22, 2009

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Hubby surprised us this weekend with Rock Band 2.

This is great news except I want to sing and I don’t sound very good when I sing. What am I to do? I can’t keep playing the drums and bass. (I could play the guitar but I stink at it so I play bass instead. It’s much easier.

I want to sing but what if they make fun me? I’ve been made fun of my singing enough times that I don’t sing around others. Seriously, I don’t know how many years Best Friend and I had been friends before I ever sang in the car with her. It’s rare but every once in a while a song I absolutely love comes on and my singing slips out.

The thing is I love to sing but I sound horrible. Ask hubby he’ll tell you. Oh wait. Even hubby hasn’t heard me sing very often but the times he has I’m sure he wished he hadn’t.

Anyway, we have Rock Band 2 and are having a Rock Band night after church Saturday evening. I’m worried about what I’ll do if one of the kids asks me sing when it hits me….I’ll sing and not worry about what others think.

I realized I didn’t want my kids to start focusing on their insecurities and be afraid to try new things. If I refused to sing because I didn’t think I sounded good then what message am I sending my children? How will my 10, 8, and 3 year old interpret my not singing? How will that affect them?

So I sang. I sang to the best of my ability and I had fun. No, I had a blast!

This afternoon Son #1 and I were playing RB2 again with him on the guitar and me singing. Guess what he said to me? He said, “Mom, you should be in rock band. You’re good!” I loved it! After we finished that song he wanted to sing the same song. He did great! (and I still stink at the guitar.)

I don’t think he would have sang that song had I not sang it first. After all, he picked it because the vocals looked hard and the guitar looked easy. (Thanks son.) My taking the plunge and getting over myself helped my son build confidence in himself. I am thankful I didn’t give in to my insecurities.

Not only has it affected Son #1 but Son #2 also sang a song and he doesn’t play video games. He doesn’t think he’s good enough but with us encouraging him he’s starting to ease out of his box.

Plus, Daughter has been hogging the mike because she’s singing like Hannah Montana. You have to understand Daughter is only 3 (can we say No Fail Mode). She can’t even read the words but she sings and she shines as she’s doing it because she is confident in herself. I don’t want that destroyed for her.

So, neighbors if you hear me and don’t like it put in some ear plugs because my kiddos self-esteem and self-worth are more important than whether or not you like my singing.

Photo Credit: Jake of 8bitjoystick.com

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1 Toby February 23, 2009 at 8:42 am

Now that right there, is an AWESOME post!

My wife refuses to play any instrument in Rock Band, but she’ll sing. I pray to God that He forgives us for the horrid sound coming from this house at those times :-) . But she sings nonetheless!
Awesome lessons for your kiddies!

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