Banish Writer’s Block 1st Blog: Let Freedom Sing!

What does the word “freedom” really mean? Let’s break it down, as I am fascinated with the origins of words. Others which intrigue me are kingdom, kinship, relationship, friendship… See the pattern? These words all end in “dom” or “ship”. So the first word, “freedom” is a real enabler because the very pronunciation of this word makes you feel that way. Try it! Say the word aloud. Feel into it and let the meaning wash over you, and sink into your pores – FREEDOM. It almost makes you want to deepen your voice and sound like that guy who sang “Ol’ Man River” in the musical “Showboat”. Just remembered his name: Paul Robson. Listen to that song, for it will resonate with your soul. But I digress – or do I? Maybe that song is about more than a river flowing along. Could it be about freedom to move as you choose? Let’s think about that [for] a moment. Words are tools for communication, which we humans rely upon for all facets of our lives. But what if we were all told to sing our words, instead of just speaking them? Well now, I know that you’re thinking, “I can’t sing.” OK I have news for you. It doesn’t matter the least bit whether or not you have a good voice. If you simply start humming, which that is a beautiful way to vibrate not only your voice box, but your entire body as well. It feels absolutely wonderful doesn’t it? [You can] just with everyday speech start singing — any notes, any timbre or tone. You will find that instinct will kick in and soon you’ll be singing like a bird! It’s fun to experiment with that exercise, and in so doing the word FREEDOM (make it part of your lyrics) will start to take shape beyond the definition and your whole body will FEEL the true meaning and spirit of that beautiful word. It embodies what we cherish most in this country, and sparks controversy and political unrest in other countries. Kind of makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it? [Please] don’t make that word into something political or contentious. Remember that phrase: “It is the spirit of the law, more so than the letter of the law”. Let that be a beacon of light which liberates you such that anytime you speak of freedom and/or the liberties we are blessed with, you feel the true meaning in your heart.

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