It's not what it sounds like. Honest.
I spent yesterday with a great group of people at a day event called Mind Spa led by Daryll Scott of Neuroflexibility fame (I should have an announcement on an event we're co-hosting soon).
After a day of mind-body altering activity, we decided to get even more social with a night at rockaoke.
Think karaoke without the recorded music and instead with a live band.
After a few of the group got up and sang their hearts out, I decided it was my turn. Putting my fear of causing a room full of bleeding ears to one side, I got a up and did a duet on Britney Spears classic "Baby One More Time".
I don't remember ever being able to hold a tune. I would like to be able to one day and my curiosity around doing so led me to watch everybody else intently.
The backing band had a singer that did a few songs on her own and helped a few of us out from time to time. Unsurprisingly, her singing was the best of everybody's.
Not only did it sound different but it looked different too.
Her face was softer, her shoulders tended to be lower and she moved more freely as she sang than with the others.
She was loud without shouting. It never sounded like she was straining for notes.
She sang with ease where most of the rest of us were trying our hardest to sing. In doing so, we actually make ourselves sound worse than we could.
To me, it's like the type of athleticism I talk about and help my clients (become one, get yourself down to the new Harley Street office, everybody wins) do more of. My strapline is "Move smoother, strike harder."
It's about moving with a lack of strain or perceived effort to really be powerful.
Like being loud without shouting.
Or being fast without hurrying.
Or reaching further without stretching.
Singing is vocal athleticism and we can learn a great deal from the effortlessness of those who do it well.
Arton "Baby One More Time" Baleci