wisdom wrote:I love doing karaoke. For me karaoke is a practice in selflessness because the nervousness we feel on stage is the result of imputing subject-object duality, of thinking there is a self and other. So I get on stage and do my best to be aware, present, mindful, and without anxiety knowing that there is no duality, nobody to judge me, and nothing but manifestations of my own mind even while a room full of people watch me and judge everything I am doing in their own minds. Then when I do a good job, the next stage of this practice is accepting praise and congratulations without pride or elation, maintaining equanimity and good will without letting my ego get inflated, and if I do a bad job, the next stage is to not allow my poor singing or not knowing the lyrics well enough to cause me to get negative towards myself and think that I am somehow a bad person or a failure for doing poorly. In either case the whole thing becomes a practice in mindfulness, awareness, and selflessness.
This is a very good discription about what happens mentally.
There is furthermore a mental-physical occurence:
The stagefright is stored in the body. Knees are shivering, stomac muscles get weak, the breath is somewhere where it should not be.... To overcome this one learnes to overcome fear by breathing or/and positiv thinking. Or even thinking nothing anymore, just focus one-pointed on the situation, on the next line of the song. Every thought of the past (like 'This was great right now' or 'Uh, I failed right now') will distract the singer.
This is big mental-physical work.
Once when i had to sing something with a very loud voice i had to put all of my one-pointed concentration on how to take every tone. Every second of the song was set in where to breath and how to take which vocal or consonant, or how to take this tone with the stomac or with the head... And the text, the text, the text...
After this song a friend came to me and asked "Hey, it was great fun, wasn't it?" I looked at her with astonishment - because it was so much work that i forgot completely about having fun.
Furthermore we can look at the context of the song, the meaning of the lyrics, and try to impart that meaning to other people. Perhaps its a positive and uplifting song, in which case our intention can be to spread joy and positive energy to other people. If its a sad song, perhaps we can have the intention to turn peoples minds towards the suffering of samsara with the wish that they renounce it. The possibilities are wide and vast in our daily activities to transmute common actions into dharmic activities. In my opinion at least. We just have to see how we can do it.
Yes, while singing "Operator, information, give me Jesus on the line" i was imaging Tara whom i did sing this to.
But now these funny songs which i have to learn right now, they are more about samsara: desire, lust, hate and enjoyment. These contexts are only funny, they emphasize on the unintentional humor of this life. It is very coloured and my brain is full of this right now.
phaseolus wrote:...if you have access to a webcam and would like to join us, ...
So, @ Phaseolus, there is no chance that i join another choir to learn more new songs right now. But thanks.