Music is the universal language of mankind. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Humans make and appreciate music wherever they are in the world and whatever their background is. Music is something that soothes the soul and lifts the spirit. Through it, we can express our deepest thoughts, feelings, and endearments. That’s why we can really say that music is universal.
Personally, I am fond of music. My first exposure to it was when I was still in my mom’s womb. She told me that she used to listen to baby lullabies and classical music. So the little Czarinah was already hearing symphonies when she wasn’t out and about in the world yet. My aunt, Cynthia, is a good singer. Me being the panganay (firstborn), all of my relatives’ attention was on me. They would sing to me, sing with me, play the guitar for me, and listen to nursery rhymes with me. In time, my little brain developed this inclination toward music.
I remember when I was two or three years old, our guests would ask me to sing. When there were events in my school and town, I would willingly grab the microphone and sing. People were impressed. They loved it. So in every special occasion, people would look for Innah (that was my nickname) and ask me to sing on a karaoke. As early as second grade, I already performed solo in our school’s events. Well, my mom saw this musical preference of mine and so she enrolled me to vocal lessons for kids. I enjoyed it. Then our recital was at Music Museum in Greenhills. I also had a recorded CD of some five songs. I don’t have a copy of those anymore though. And so my passion for music went on. I listened to Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, and more. Basically, they became my music influences. My singing genre is R&B and mellow.
Then I came to Bethel. I became acquainted with the more technical side of music. We had physical warm-up, vocal exercises, practice and recording sessions. I learned various vocal registers we can sing in – the chest and head voice, falsetto, and whistle. And a bonus was to learn to play another dream of mine – the piano. So Jehovah blessed me with this knowledge and training. He probably saw that this vessel could be used for this purpose, as the book of Corinthians states. So now, I want to keep on appreciating this wonderful gift of music. And above all, I want to use the gift of singing to praise God my whole life.