If you are a music lover and enjoy singing or simply listening to music performances, then ‘Tis the Season for you! With many Christmas concerts scheduled through the next few weeks you don’t have to look far to find a way to celebrate the holidays musically.
For your holiday listening pleasure, Volume One offers a great way to stream “an exclusive collection of holiday favorites produced by a group of X-mas loving local musicians.”
Have you heard of Hometown Caroling? If you’re interested in getting involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if there is a caroling group in your community!
There are church choirs galore who probably have Christmas concerts and don’t count out groups such as the Threshold Singers who have chapters in Eau Claire and Menomonie. They “sing healing and palliative songs for people who are seriously ill, dying, or grieving.” Christmas season can be a difficult time for the ill and grieving; Threshold Singing can be of help.
Let’s not forget the many benefits of singing. According to this article from the website How Stuff Works, all types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd, a la karaoke, naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being. But of all types of singing, it’s choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people’s lives.
There are also some interesting insights from the Heart Research UK website that suggest that “singing has the physical benefits of aerobics because of oxygenation in the blood stream and major muscle groups are engaged while singing, psychological benefits of reducing stress and creating a sense of well-being and a sense of community can be established through the shared endeavor of singing.”
You might also want to check out these items from our library’s catalog:
Hope your holidays are filled with joyful music!