I Used to Sing in the Shower

Young man is singing in the shower

I don’t know when or why I stopped. Neither do I know when I began. Since I stopped singing the time spent during my showers has decreased dramatically.

Singing was a type of relaxation for me. However, my college roommates and landlords didn’t share my enthusiasm.

Today my showers are methodical contact between soap, washcloth, and skin. I have gone from pleasure to worry. Now my showers are focused on worries, problem solving, and schedule. Oh, what a loss to me and a joy to music lovers.

It’s a widely acknowledged phenomenon that people’s singing voices significantly improve when they’re in the shower. Have you ever been singing whilst having a scrub and thought to yourself, ‘wow, I actually sound pretty good!’ only to mortify yourself on stage that evening at the karaoke bar, as you discover that you still sound like a drowning rat when you try to hit those high notes in Dancing Queen?

Source: https://www.panararmer.co.uk/why-you-sing-better-in-the-shower/

It’s all to do with reverberation and acoustics. Reverberation is the process by which sounds blend together, and the structure of your typical shower provides the ideal environment for this. Essentially, the shower acts as a mixer that modifies your voice, making it sound better. It does this in three ways.

First of all, the volume of your voice is reflected off the hard and smooth surfaces of the bathroom, so it doesn’t fade as quickly as it would in an open space. Secondly, as the sound bounces around the shower, creating reverb – your voice ‘hangs’ in the air longer than usual, giving it an embellished, rich sound. Reverb also evens out pitch as it reverberates off so many surfaces, so even if you’re not hitting those notes, it sounds more like you are when you’re in the shower. Finally, the shower itself acts as a ‘resonant cavity’, naturally amplifying certain frequencies of sounds.

Dear readers, what is your experience with warbling? I have several questions for you.

  • Do you sing in the shower?
  • If you do, what songs do you sing?
  • Do your family, roommates, and friends like, tolerate, or hate your performances?
  • Is a good singing voice necessary to be a shower songbird?
  • Do teenagers sing in the shower?
  • Have electronic devices taken the place of shower vocalists?
  • Does this blog entry encourage to return to singing or discourage you from returning or beginning shower recitals?

Source: https://www.panararmer.co.uk/why-you-sing-better-in-the-shower/

About Allen Mesch

Allen is an author, educator, and historian. He has written six books: The Analyst; Teacher of Civil War Generals; Your Affectionate Father, Charles F. Smith; Charles A. Marvin - "One Year. Six Months, and Eleven Days", Preparing for Disunion, and Ebenezer Allen - Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy. He taught classes on the American Civil War at Collin College. He has visited more than 130 Civil War sites and given presentations at Civil War Roundtables.
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1 Response to I Used to Sing in the Shower

  1. Carolyn Geary says:

    I don’t think I have ever sung in the shower, but I wished I had in the past now that I know about how much better I would have sounded. I think I will try singing in the shower tomorrow out of curiosity.

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