“Use What Talent you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best”
Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) American scholar, educator, lyricist
What do you think the quote means?
I like this quote because I think he’s telling you to open up and let it out. Don’t wait until you are the best to offer your abilities in music or whatever it is that you do to the world around you. If you enjoy singing then sing. Don’t just sing in the shower but sing as much as you enjoy it. Join a band and sing away. If you’re having trouble singing in tune then take some vocal lessons. Singing lessons aren’t just for beginners. Professional singers always have teachers and coaches to help them continuously improve. Lessons will help you improve, but we still need the confidence to sing and be ourselves without worrying about being the best.
I think everyone knows that the above quote can be adapted for any musical instrument or anything in general. Mr. Van Dyke is suggesting that one should not hesitate to share their voices with the world. Most endeavors basically require a series of failures in order to attain the ability to get better. There has always been and will always be room for improvement. So come out of the bedroom with that guitar and give it a go. Make the first step to playing in the living room, then the front porch. No matter how good or bad you play guitar, some people will like your music and other people won’t. So if you are worrying about that then find a way to stop. Who decides the best anyhow. You are the best anyway because nobody can do exactly what you can do. So they are laughing at you, at least you’re making them laugh. Program yourself to focus on being better rather than the ever elusive attainment of being the best. Let me know your thoughts. Please respond with what you think this quote means or how it applies to you.
I’m not the best at poetry but I wanted to fit in a few more keywords so here it goes:
Play the Guitar and Sing out loud
Beat on those drums and be one with the crowd
The Piano Forte so magically resolute
Here comes the Bass, then the Sax, then the Flute
Violins and Violas impeccably played
The sounds make music and eventually fade
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