Singing is defined as the act of producing musical sounds with the voice. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist.
Last May 29, 2015, the best singers within our office nationwide, gathered in one historic event to perform original Pilipino music (OPM). I was very fortunate to represent the legal department. Don’t get me wrong, I am not the only one who can sing in our department. In fact, there were other lawyers who can belt out a tune or two. Anyway, my piece was Till My Heartaches End, originally performed by Ella Mae Saison. I chose this song because it’s my favorite and I have been singing this for twenty years. It has practically become my master piece in all videoke sessions. Apart from the actual performance, what I enjoyed most in that competition was the photo shoot a week before. Here are some of the fun shots:
For a week I felt more like a diva and less than a lawyer. It’s a welcome break. In every singing competition, it doesn’t matter whether you are pretty or brainy. What matters are you get the proper vocal range, vocal weight, vocal tessitura, vocal timbre, and vocal transition points such as breaks and lifts within the voice. In my case, I have been trying desperately to sound like Whitney Houston-before her rehab. Well, my guess is, my desperation didn’t work because I didn’t win in that contest-hahaha. Nonetheless, I gathered a few fans of my own in our office.
People sing for a lot of reasons. Personally, I sing to amuse myself, praise God and sometimes to impress others. My voice teacher, Prosecutor Cristina Miletta Ongsiako-Zulueta (yes, she is also a lawyer) previously asked me to guess what her age was. To my head, she looked forty. But when she showed me the date in her college thesis, she turned out to be fifteen years more than my wild guess. Music does take years off your face.