This may come as a shocker, but I hate singing! Yep... when they fire up the organ at church on Sunday, I cringe. I know all the scriptures about songs being prayers and singing praises and all that, but the funniest line to me is in "There's Sunshine in My Soul Today" when it mentions ".. the song I cannot sing." That describes it perfectly!! I absolutely cannot sing! And I wasn't fortunate enough to be born deaf, so I KNOW what it sounds like when I open my mouth and try to form notes! And having a perfect knowledge of my inability to sing, I really hate having to do it!
Certain music and songs are bearable... and I'll even voluntarily sing along, if I'm alone. But there are some songs (and unfortunately most in this category tend to be lovely church hymns) that I would rather go give blood than have to sing. And don't even get me started on why I start laughing when a song starts to play with notes so high that even the angels are struggling!
That's not to say that I don't enjoy the music of the hymns, or even listening to all the people around me who sing fine. I'd like nothing better than to sit and enjoy the music (and I do as often as I can get away with it.) But I feel duty bound to be a good example for my daughter and show her that we should be happy to sing hymns to the Lord. And there's no way to be inconspicuous about not singing now that I sit in front of everyone in RS. So there I sit, week after week, not so silently suffering through such horrible torture. (Probably just as tortuous for those who have to sit near me... sorry Erin and Leslie!)
I hope that when I die and head to the other side that there's a special section for those who just want to listen... or (more likely) I'll be sent to a remedial music class where they can try to coax something close to singing out of my throat. Maybe there'll be some sort of miraculous transformation of my vocal chords or something. I'll try to keep that hope alive.
In the meantime, if anyone knows how to teach "singing for dummies" and would really love a challenge... give me a call!