Joys of Singing
by Brooklyn Lovelace
When I was two years old, I
sang my first solo in church. My parents were desperate
to find someone to sing the "special music" on
Sunday, and had very little time to do so. They could think
of no one to ask, when suddenly they heard a small voice
say, "I'll do it, Mommy!" I made my debut on the
stage, and was perfectly content and confident so long as
I was allowed to hold the microphone. Ever since then, I
have grown to love singing. Singing is my passion, and the
unique skill that God has given me. As I have gotten older
I have developed this skill, had many opportunities to use
it, and have discovered the purpose for it in my life.
I grew up in a musical family;
thus, I have been exposed to music since an early age. My
mom is a piano teacher, so my siblings and I have
had piano lessons for as long
as we can remember. I have played for almost eleven years.
I also played the violin for eight years. This early exposure
to music laid a solid foundation that will benefit me for
the rest of my life. My piano and music reading knowledge
have been invaluable to me in my vocal study.
My first real singing experience
was with the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas, which
I joined at the age of nine. I sang with them for about
four years. During that time I had many opportunities, such
as singing in countless concerts, performing with the Dallas
Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Symphony Chorus, and performing
in two operas with the Dallas Opera. Once, I even got to
sing for President Bush at a banquet. Through these experiences,
I grew to love performing, and learned to apply my knowledge
of music to singing.
When I was eleven, my family
and I auditioned for The Promise in Glen Rose. Performing
in this production provided countless opportunities to sing.
I began as a chorus member, but from the moment I first
saw the role of Young Mary performed, I wanted it. I began
to sing for at least an hour every day to strengthen my
voice and increase my range. I got the role of Mary two
years later. This interest in singing continued to intensify
as we continued to do The Promise.
My voice grew immeasurably
during this time, for I was constantly being challenged.
But there was one thing that I learned through this experience
that I had not learned anywhere else: when I combined my
passion for singing with my love for Christ, I was fulfilled
in a way I had never known before. I began to discover that
my passion and purpose was not just performing, but using
my voice for God.
Then, at the age of 14, I began
voice lessons at a Cedar Valley College. Studying voice
opened up a new world of knowledge for me. I learned how
to use my voice properly and develop good technique. I have
had to perform in recitals, juries, and competitions. Through
this experience, I have gotten a tiny taste of what a vocal
major would be like, and have decided to pursue it.
While I was singing in my last
voice recital, I looked around at my audience and reflected
on what they saw. The words I sang had no life-changing
significance. The life of a concert artist or famous opera
singer may be full of glamour, but how long will it be remembered
when they are gone? What impact will their life have on
the world around them?
God did not give me a talent
to be used for my own glory; He gave it to me as a tool
through which He moves to draw people closer to Him. When
I sing for Him, I have a power and a beauty that are not
my own. Instead of fame and fortune, I merely want the approval
of my Father in heaven. This quote by B.J. Hoff says it
best: "It matters not if the world has heard or approves
or understands… The only applause we're meant to seek is
that of nail-scarred hands."
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