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#Singing is #emotionally good for you.

This site is about singing being fun and healthy.
Well what about #emotional health?
I sing when I’m tired, discouraged, blue, sad, even happy.
Then I always feel better.
Deanna Durbin presented a song in the movie “It Stared With Eve” about how singing helps when down.
And how ones sings when happy in movie “Can’t Help Singing”.
Both movies can be had it a set from Amazon.

Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack

I’m deeply involved in an online karaoke site, SingSnap.
I check in daily and record and share and listen to songs.
I feel it is the best social network site on the net.
I explain in a post at http://jaybeacham.com
One of my aquaintainces who also sings on this site is Carlie. She and her husband Larry live in Texas.
One of her dear friends was Marion Borg of Malta.
Marion struggled with cancer and it won.
I’ve included the following from Carlie about her experience with grief and singing.
“I chose “Autumn” because to me when the trees are “dying”, they show their most beautiful colors and the sky is more blue than any other time of year. And so with that thought, I am trying to accept when my dear Snap Sis, Marion (zakky) died on the 24th of October and my dear Mom died on the 25th of October, perhaps when it was their time to leave this earth, they were at their ultimate beauty, inside and out. Singing is helping me find a closure~ Thanks if you L/C. Many hugs,”-Carlie

I wrote:
Remember my song?
There are sad ones like Bright Eyes
Singing is good for the body and soul and is healthy.
“Hard to stay sad when you are singing” a friend once told me.
my web site?
The site about singing being fun and healthy.
Would you mind commenting on how singing is helping you emotionally?
“Oh yes, I remember Go To The Light

I’ve never heard Bright Eyes before, it’s lovely (commented about that) and I started crying and could barely see to type, but it was worth the tears. They are nature’s tranquilizer. I left a comment about Mom and Marion too.

I’ve attempted to go to your site, but the little circle keeps spinning And so, I’ll tell you on here how singing helps me emotionally, especially now.

When I sang Forever Autumn and the other dedication to Mom, I felt every feeling of sadness in my body being pulled to the song and out of me during the time I sang it. It’s like a cleansing while singing. Yes, the sadness came back, but it comes back with a step missing….as if singing it helped me take a step forward, not backward and not just standing in one place. For Marion, I spoke of her and told a story she and I always laughed about, I needed people to know what a wonderful person she was and then I put one of her songs below so the listeners could see her and hear her song.

When I sing a song, be it silly, happy, sad, deep, etc., it pulls me into the invisible world of the sound and words. I respond to that world with different feelings because it depends on the song, of course. I see the words and they become part of me, but, the sound of a song is invisible, therefore, one can make it your own, anyway you choose to sing it. That’s why I have “Sing It Your Way” on my profile.”

And just listening to a good song can help our emotional health.

“Hi Jay,
Can’t hardly see to type with all these tears. Thank you for sending this. You sang it beautifully and informed greatly. I keep asking my Mom and Marion to let me know they are okay, but they are silent or their spirits are…for now. Thanks again.
Hugs,” -Carlie

So when you are happy or sad, discouraged or hopeful, singing can be healthful to you.

That’s it for today.

Talk to you again.


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Heavenly Choirs

Some very fine singers have joined the heavenly choirs since January 2013.

In April Edna Mae (Deanna) Durbin (Read about her in other posts)

Singer Slim Whitman. Whitman died Wednesday, June 19, 2013 of heart failure in Florida. He was 90. Whitman’s career began in the late 1940s, and his tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks. They were also an inspiration for countless jokes thanks to the ubiquitous 1980s and 1990s TV commercials that pitched his records.   (Slim Whitman is gone but your can still hear him sing. http://lnkd.in/samWZr  )

George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died. He was 81. Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013.   (George Jones died this past April but his voice lives on http://lnkd.in/xCccPC   )

Richie Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, has died of a heart attack Monday, April 22, 2013, his family said in a statement. He was 72.)

Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls whose hit “I Touch Myself” brought her international fame in the early 1990s, died at her home in New York City on April 21, 2013. She was 53 years old.

Annette Funicello, singer from the “Mickey Mouse Club” and films died at the age of 70 on April 8, 2013. ( Watch a video of her’s at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8RDjxjJdbw   Very silly.  You can buy a DVD collection of films with her at:     http://lnkd.in/nz77Qv   )

Opera singer Rise  Stevens  performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York  in “Carmen.” Stevens sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years spanning the 1940s and 1950s, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at her Manhattan home. She was 99. Hear her doing a Jerome Kern favorite http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOLxo3NX8dg                         here’s a DVD of her work http://lnkd.in/ufZEut  

Singer Patty Andrews, the last survivor of the three singing Andrews sisters, who has died in Los Angeles at age 94. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at her home in suburban Northridge of natural causes, The Trio was very popular. Hear them again… http://lnkd.in/_DeGr7 

Singer Patti Page. Page, who made “Tennessee Waltz” the third best-selling recording ever, has died. She was 85. Page died Jan. 1, 2013, in Encinitas, Calif.    Those heavenly choirs have been getting some fine singers lately. Hear Patti any time you want just get this collection of her works http://lnkd.in/p2kKq2 

Janie Thompson died.June 1, 2013 at age 91.

Who was she? Read and listen at the link below.

Cherilyn Eagar posted a tribute to Janie Thompson.
I’d not heard her version of “I’ve been everywhere” for many years and hers covers the world.
I thought you be interested in listening.
The video is embeded in this page.
Have a good day.

ps Cherilyn posted about a tribute to Bobby Engmann of the Leterman too.


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Who inspires you to sing better?

Some singers have studied the style and mannerisms of famous singers to help them.  I’ve read of some who were inspired to greater efforts and even greatness by those they looked up to.

One lady said of my singing “

I love how you make every song you sing your own. You don’t sound like any one particular person had an influence in shaping your vocal talent… you’re just Jay. And I really do love that! Love the way you sang this song too!

I read of someone who said that Deanna (Edna Mae) Durbin had inspired him.

So here are more Deanna Durbin films for you to own. Maybe she will inspire you. She does me.










The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
Deanna Durbin (Actor), Edmond O’Brien (Actor), Bruce Manning(Director) | Format: DVD
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Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack (Three Smart Girls / Something In the Wind / First Love / It Started with Eve / Can't Help Singing / Lady on a Train)
Deanna Durbin Sweetheart Pack
Alice Brady (Actor), Barbara Read (Actor), Charles David (Director),Frank Ryan (Director) | Format: DVD
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For the Love of Mary
For the Love of Mary
Deanna Durbin (Actor), Ray Collins (Actor), Frederick De Cordova(Director) | Format: DVD
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His Butler's Sister [VHS]
His Butler’s Sister [VHS]
Deanna Durbin (Actor), Franchot Tone (Actor), Frank Borzage(Director) | Format: VHS Tape
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I really enjoyed all of these movies. In fact I’ve watched them over and over.

I’ll catch you next time.

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A tribute to a great singer

This is a tribute to a great lady singer.

Edna Mae (Deanna) Durbin

Who passed away on April 20th of this year.

I’ve always enjoyed her singing and films. She didn’t like the character Deanna and escaped the studio film industry to become a wife and a mother, you know, a real person.  But she left behind a great work of inspirational films.  I’ve spend hours the last several months watching as many as I could find on You Tube; even those that had Russian dubbed overs.

I’ve watched some many times. But dislike the ads, the parts, and all the other annoyances of the internet while enjoying the films and her fabulous and inspiring voice.

Now there is a great solution for fans like myself.


Here we go! Get you own copies of her films.


Six great films



This one includes: Three Smart Girls( three sisters save their parents’ marriage), Something in the Wind(Deanna and Donald O’Conner both sing the Turntable song-a DJ classic), First Love(a modern day Cinderella type story), It Started with Eve(a cute romance), Can’t Help Singing(a musical tale set in the old west-filmed in Southern Utah and the only Durbin film done in Technicolor as the producers said they couldn’t afford both Durbin and color), Lady on a Train(a comical who done it mystery).

I bought this one.

Or this is in my mind the best of them all.  The Amazing Mrs. Holliday   (Eight orphans, a sea captain, and romance set in WWII)

The Amazing Mrs. Holiday


Just click on the name and be taken to Amazon where you can purchase a copy of that collection or browse for any of her films.


Go now and start to get to know her.  I’m sure she’ll be smiling in heaven.

Catch you next time.

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Is singing healthy?

Is singing healthy? You bet it is.

A friend, Ginny, needed oxygen and was very unhealthy in her early 60s. After her husband died, she started doing Karaoke singing on line and threw away the oxygen bottle and became healthy and a good singer. Now in her 70s, she is happily re-married and happy with a healthy life that singing enhanced.

My Mother died last year in June at 96 years. One of her last activities was singing to the nurses and all her guests one day.

One of my all time favorite female vocalists is Deanna (Edna May) Durbin.     She died just last month on April 20th. Though she gave up professional singing in 1949, she told a reporter that she still sang an hour a day.       Learn more about this great singer at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deanna_Durbin                                        (Wikipedia has some fine reports.)

Last year in 2012, two great male vocalist went on to join the Heavenly Choirs.   Tony Martin and Andy Williams.

Tony Martin (December 25, 1913 – July 27, 2012), born Alvin Morris, was an American actor/singer, was married to performer Cyd Charisse for 60 years. He was 99.  Learn more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Martin_(American_singer)

Andy Williams died at 85.  Get the scoop on his life at: http://www.biography.com/people/andy-williams-162966

Country legend Kitty Wells 92 and Andy Griffin 86.

We all have to die and some earlier than others but singing can contribute to a happy and healthy life.                                                                            Good breathing, getting emotions out, and just the joy of it.  All that and more helps us be healthier.

Keep singing and be healthy.


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Songs about the joy of singing

hoveneIn the Movie “It started with Eve” Deanna Durbin sings  happy lyrics to a classic piece of music.  It tells how singing effects her.


I shared a link  to her “Can’t Help Singing” in the post titled:

Singing – Practice the Fun Way

I get revitalized when I’m tired; happy when I’m sad, and just feel better.

How about you?

It’s kind of hard to stay sad when you are singing. I guess that’s what the Neil Diamond song “Song Sung Blue” tells about, what song can do for a person.  Can’t get him here so I recorded a version of the song.


4 women and 1 man commented on my rendition. Now you have a chance but if you can’t say it’s good, don’t say anything please.

What songs can you suggest about the joy of singing?


I first wrote this post on May 8.2013. But no one has commented so I will. Most comments coming to sites like this are just automated advertising. You must know I won’t approve those.

Singing is joyous!  Just look at those in this street concert audience.

Flashmob Flash Mob – Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJcQYVtZMo

(performance From May 19, 2012)


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Singing – Speaking Lessons – How the Voice Works, & Why Singing & Speaking Are Not So Different

Here is an article about this topic.  Then I’ll give you my take on the matter and refer you to some videos etc. that will help in this area.

“While a whole book could be written on this, we are just going over the bare bones here. Lets start with the anatomy. You have two tubes at the back of your throat. One carries food and water to the stomach, the other, air to the lungs. The one which carries air to lungs is in front. At the top of the air passage is the larynx, and it is made of cartilage. Inside the larynx is where the vocal chords sit. Oddly enough, we are a bit like a combination of a wind and string instrument. The vocal chords are a pair of mucous membranes that vibrate at very fast varying speeds to produce our voices. The slower the vibration, the lower the sounds, and vice versa.

The vibration is like that of a string instrument, but we use wind to cause the vibration. A combination of airflow, chord positioning, and the use of our bodies as a resonating chamber determines our pitch, volume, and tone. It is the pressure behind the chords that builds up that causes them to open an close and varying speeds. A benchmark commonly used is the A above middle C. To make that sound, the chords open and close at 440 time a second. Many singers neglect to look at their speaking habits as source of problems for their singing. I urge you not to make this mistake. Since singing is merely speaking while holding a tone longer, and changing that tone, many of the mistakes you will make while singing are also made while speaking.”

That wasn’t much was it?

Breathing is essential to life whether we are sleeping,working, resting talking or singing.  Some folks huff and puff to get air even when not exerting themselves.  That can be due to ill health or overweight.  But assuming one is in good health and is at the proper weight and is not exercising or working or running, breathing should as natural for an adult as for a baby.  And should be easy and not strained while speaking or while singing.

I made a video about this very topic so let’s go there and watch it right now before we so on with this.  It’s about 8 minutes long.

Five Steps For Better Speaking                     http://www.youtube.com/watchv=VMA2TGrq2_E

The video gives some good exercises for improving your speaking and singing.  And microphones pick up everything even the clicking of a fan in my computer behind my speaking. Hope it doesn’t annoy you too much.

Then I have another video that tells about getting air for speaking and singing.  It’s about 4 minutes long.

Breath right to speak and sing right


And what  did the author of that article mean with A above middle C?    I couldn’t hit that with my voice even if I were hit on the foot with a sledge hammer.

Well back to the article and how to breath properly.

“The foundation of singing is correct breathing and breath support. Without these two things it is impossible to sustain a beautiful tone. The first step in gaining these two vital aspects of singing is to learn to sing with the right posture. The correct posture allows the singer to be as relaxed as possible, to take in as much air as possible, and to support the tone. The feet should be at inside-shoulder-width apart, and the weight should be on the balls of the feet. The knees should be bent to allow flexibility and to prevent passing out. The spine should hold its natural curve, and thus be a strong anchor for the core muscles. The sternum should be out, allowing the shoulders to rest on top of the rib cage like a yoke. The shoulders should not be pulled back, but simply rest on the rib cage. The arms and hands should be relaxed and at the side of the body, thus giving the rib cage adequate room to expand. A good rule of thumb is that the middle fingers should run along the seams of the pants (or where the seams would be). The head should be balanced and looking straight ahead. The jaw, tongue, and neck should be relaxed in order to let the tone freely flow.

After the correct posture is learned, the next step is breathing. The correct breathing should set the singer up for the correct support. There are three different types of breathing. The first is called clavicle breathing, which is the expansion of the upper chest and rising of the shoulders, and is primarily used to re-oxygenate the blood after strenuous activity. It is impossible to control the air flow during exhalation, and there is a lot of tension in the neck and throat which is bad for the tone. The second type of breathing is called thoracic, or costal, breathing, in which the whole rib cage expands using the muscles called the intercostals and is held open after inhalation. There is no use of abdominal musculature. Exhalation is not constant with this type because there is only one muscle of exhalation so there is no antagonistic struggle to create support. The third type of breathing is abdominal breathing. In this type the abdominal muscles and strong muscles of the back are used to push the abdominal viscera (organs) inward, pushing the diaphragm up. The muscles of inspiration are the antagonistic muscles during expiration, and thus are creating a balancing support. You are able to have little or no tension in the neck and throat with this type of breathing. Too much abdominal pressure creates tension in the larynx. The correct way to breathe for singing is to combine thoracic and abdominal breathing.

Support is the last aspect to worry about and should come from correct breathing. It is the act of constantly sustaining the vocalized sound with breath pressure. As the singer breathes in, the rib cage should expand laterally and the stomach muscles should relax and expand out as the diaphragm pushes all the internal organs out of the way. As the singer exhales, they must hold the ribs expanded to serve as an anchor for the diaphragm to resist the abdominal muscles pushing in. This antagonistic fight between the muscles of inhalation and the muscles of exhalation are what creates support.

To explain this further, we need to know about the three postures of respiration. The first is the respiratory posture, which is used for normal breathing. In this posture the principle muscles of inhalation contract and the principle muscles of exhalation relax in order to inhale. The opposite happens to exhale. In this posture the larynx is open and relaxed. The second posture is the isometric posture, which is used for “fight or flight” situations. Both groups of muscles are tight and contracted, and the larynx is tight and closed. The third posture is the pelvic pressure posture which is the same as isometric, except there is downward force. This is used to excrete waste or give birth. The correct posture of respiration for singing combines roughly 90% respiratory posture and 10% isometric posture. That 10% isometric posture is what creates enough support for steady breath pressure and vocal tone, without being too much as to make the larynx tight and to constrict the tone.”

Two examples of unstrained singing are Deanna Durbin of movie fame in the 30s and 40s and Andrea Bocelli of today. Let’s go look at them do some of that.   The Lady first:


And now Andrea Bocelli as introduced by David Foster.


See what i mean?   Remember to breath right and remember singing is just sustained speaking.

Was any of this worth any thing to you? Let me know.

Catch you next time.


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