When was the last time you sang with others?
If you don’t attend church, aren’t a member of a choir or band nor have family and friends who regularly break into song, you will be in the minority if it was recently.
My family wasn’t musical but we sang together in the car.
That started to change when cars got radios and now with personal listening devices it’s not unusual to have people in a vehicle listening to their own individual choices of music.
Fewer people go to church and social occasions when singing is encouraged are few and far between for most of us.
When I’m a celebrant for weddings and funerals I try to encourage at least one song because it provides the opportunity for all those attending to literally unite in one voice and be a harmonious and vocal part of the ceremony.
Families organising funerals do usually choose a song but sadly many of the couples I marry say they can’t think of anything to sing.
Music is an important part of any culture and I think it’s unfortunate that the opportunities to sing together are no longer common place.