Sing a Song

Now that the weather is warm, we are spending more of our quarantine time outside. The girls spent the morning swimming in the backyard while I worked on my laptop on the patio. 

The streets are so quiet. Usually we can hear road noise from our backyard, but there is no noise other than a bird singing its song in a nearby tree.

At 11, it is time for them to log on to their music class. The girls stand next to me as I click the link to join their online class.

They stand in their bathing suits, goggles on their heads, watching a video of their music teacher on the laptop and singing along with a song she wrote called “Sing of…” It’s a song about singing of courage in the face of fear and of hope when you think all is lost.

Their teacher plays the piano from her home. She sings each line of the song and then asks them to try. After they familiarize themselves with the words, they sing the entire song together. 

The girls stand close to each other, watching the computer screen carefully. Their little voices ring out in the quiet of the backyard as they confidently sing the words, “Sing together, though you’re worlds apart.”

I sit on a nearby chair, imagining the notes floating up out of our backyard and into the empty streets. There, the notes join with their classmates’. So many small voices united as they sing the same song.

Author: Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD

An expert in behavior change, substance use disorders and empathic communication, Dr. Alyssa Forcehimes serves as President of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.