Rita: This day was perfect. You couldn’t have planned a day like this.
Phil: Well, you can. It just takes an awful lot of work. –Groundhog Day, 1993
In the movie Groundhog Day, Phil Conners (Bill Murray), finds himself stuck in the same day, forced to live that day over and over again, until he can turn his life perspective from inward, to outward.
The turning point in the movie comes when Phil realizes that there is more to life than just himself, and he begins to help others, and to improve himself. Given the gift of endless time, he transforms himself.
When it comes to the reality of our own lives, and transforming ourselves into better singers, Groundhog Day is a great metaphor for how we achieve this goal. While we aren’t blessed with limitless time, we are capable of developing a groundhog day like system designed toward self improvement.
Last month I talked about developing a plan. This month, if you haven’t already, consider putting that plan into action via a routine. Routines become habits, habits become lifestyles, and in this way we can make real and lasting changes in our singing.
Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
- Hum in the shower.
- Listen to repertoire music during breakfast.
- Do lip trills on your daily work commute.
- Choose one rep song per day, and sing it on endless loop (humor intended) on your commute home.
In short, incorporate singing into your daily routine. Remember, improvement isn’t an accident, it requires careful planning, and dedicated carry through. And you can do both. Happy groundhogging!