In the bathroom.
Parked on a side street.
Hiding in the closet.
Morning, evening, night.
At every given opportunity, almost on the verge shirking familial responsibilities.
And pretty much every opportunity that I get with my phone, I am hiding away pursuing what seems to be a newfound, insatiable hunger. A certain addiction!
About a year ago, I chanced upon an app called Smule, a karaoke app. VIP members have access to songs from multiple languages and choose to sing and record a certain verse and leave the following verses of that song to another. Anyone that searches that particular song, is welcome to join. Little did I know that this app would change my life forever. Let me tell you, I am no singer. The furthest I have gone with my base voice and singing, is my bathroom. With no training in music and absolutely no understanding of beats or musical notes, I am what one calls an auditory learner. This addiction has been consuming me for months. However, I find this to be a good kind of addiction to have for multiple reasons.
- This platform allows for otherwise shy singers, to truly sing to their heart’s content alongside strangers.
- I have found wonderful people who encourage one another to sing. Strangers leave comments with words and emoticons. It brings me back to my core belief – this is indeed a wonderful world to live in.
- This app made me realize how latent memory, when triggered, can prove to be so deep. There are many songs to which I never knew I had all the lyrics to. These are songs I have heard when I was very young. Yet, when the music cues in, I had every word.
- It is huge stress buster and a wonderful outlet.
And above all, it can be very entertaining to strangers too!
On a Thursday morning two weeks ago, I was parked on a side street where I park every morning at 8 am. And I was browsing through my phone trying to find right song to bray to, as I noticed a cop car drive past me, peering into my tinted glasses. I didn’t think too much of it, until a few seconds later I looked up at my rear view mirror to find him parked right behind me. My first thought was, “I am parked. I wonder why he’s coming up to me?” So brought my window down and greeted him with a pleasant smile.
“Good morning, officer.”
“Good morning, ma’am. May I ask what you are doing here?”
“Singing”, I said, with the biggest grin on my face.
“Pardon me?”, he said in complete bewilderment.
“Singing”, I repeated, as I picked up my phone to show him the app and began explaining all about the app. It was in that very moment the two of us burst into hysterical bouts of laughter.
He quickly gained composure and added, “Ma’am, neighbours on this street have seen your vehicle parked here every morning. They never see anyone get off the vehicle and the vehicle drives away after a few minutes. They suspected nefarious activity and called it in.”
At that point, I began laughing so hard that tears were trickling down my cheeks and he turned around to take leave. Through my hysterics, I managed to tell him that he totally made my day.
Moral of the story : Whether you sing or you bray to entertain yourself, there is always more than one benefit to it!!