Recently I had the rare privilege of attending a Master Class presented by singing legend Barbara Cook. She was in Orange County, CA to perform in concert at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Barbara turned 85 last October, and is on tour around the country celebrating her birthday. The class was presented just prior to her concert.
Before an audience of mostly students who could be her great-grandchildren, Barbara offered profound and simple words of advice. She spoke about her philosophy before generously working with four singers on how to better interpret a song. “You are enough,” she told us. “No one is like you, has your talents, values, experiences. So, remember that when you worry about not measuring up or being significant enough.”
Barbara is one of those rare performers who can interpret lyrics so they sound like a story. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Liza Minnelli come to mind. They also had fears to overcome, but always managed to remain authentic in their song deliveries.
At the end of the class, Barbara said, “I guess these thoughts work for life too.” Indeed they do. There is always stress in our lives, especially around tax day, earlier this week! This time of year seems to promote excessive worry.
Do I have enough money to live on?
Do I have the cash to pay my taxes?
Do I need another job to keep pace with expenses?
What about my healthcare?
That kind of self talk can go on and on. And caregivers are especially vulnerable to worry. Worry can cause health problems. There are a number of ways to combat these overwhelming feelings. If you’re a caregiver, you might listen to a favorite song. Check out the web site of another BoomerReviews’ blogger, Sherri Snelling: Caregiving Club. You will find great tips to help relieve stress.
Music can also be a great mood changer. So, whistle while you work today. And remember, the sun’ll come out tomorrow!