A shower is a wondrous place. Carefully hidden from the rest of the world by a semi-transparent privacy screen with bright colors around, the shower is a perfect stage with amazing acoustics where one just can’t help singing. Why does it happen? Let’s have a look at it.
Spontaneous expression of emotions.
You must know that feeling when during the telephone conversation or office meeting you are instinctively drawing some shapes or scribbles in your notebook. The psychologists come up with various theories concerning the meaning of spontaneous drawing but they all agree that this is the way our mind communicates pure emotions and helps us to focus on a task or express ourselves.
Griffonages (this is the correct name for spontaneous drawings) or doodles are known from the earliest times. The list of people who loved to draw on the sidelines holds such big names as Alexander Pushkin, Vladimir Nabokov, Franz Kafka, and many other famous writers and poets. Some researchers study these drawings carefully, trying to find in these scribbles clues to the genius and way of thinking of these great authors. The others turned this spontaneous art into the basis of art therapy, which is applied successfully in the treatment of psychological trauma and disorders.
You are probably wondering how the drawings in a notebook have something to do with singing in a shower. They do have. Our brain is keen on switching off logical thinking from time to time and doing the stuff that might look weird at first glance. This stuff, however, is critical for our wellness and spirit. For instance, it’s a great thing to imagine you’re a rock star while you’re shampooing your hair.
Nothing but the shower?
There is a kitchen, living room, and bedrooms after all. Indeed, the shower is not our only “stage” for singing. We are tuning while doing some work, chores, driving, or when we’re overwhelmed with emotions. It’s just we don’t always realize it because we don’t register that. Meanwhile, singing in a shower is connected with many stereotypes, promoted by the mass culture and integrating into the social and cultural codes – so our brain can register it easily.
Here’s an example. Woody Allen’s “Rome Adventure” plotline is based on a story of a talented agent who finds a genius tenor too modest to sing on the stage. Then the agent places a shower cabin on the stage and the singer, “washing” himself with bath wool, is singing a magnificent opera aria.
There is more than one reason to sing while the water is falling down. According to Music Mic research, your voice bouncing from the ceramic tiles adds up power and volume, while the construction of your bathroom provides for the sound waves traveling father and resonating in the air. Your voice sounds deeper and more resonant with the sound “hanging” longer than it usually does.
And we love it! While singing, our brain produces dopamine – a happy hormone that improves your mood. Together with a refreshing morning shower and a sense of freedom, evoked by the fact you don’t need to be ashamed of the audience, singing in the shower provides you with a huge portion of joy. The better we sing and the better our voice sounds, the more brain areas are getting involved, and the more we’re enjoying the process.
The first half of 2021 was a mess, saying the very least. The second part seems to be no better. Instead of traveling, we are going to stick in the living-room armchair, weekend plans will only hold video games, and visits to a karaoke club will be replaced by the home battles with your nuclear family.
What is also important is the privacy of a bathroom. The shower is the space where we’re naked and lonely. We’re calm and relaxed, we don’t worry about anything and nothing can get under our skin. In a certain way, the shower booth is the place where we become ourselves, true and sincere. We seem to contact our inner nature, and singing is our tool of communication – a dialog that restores harmony with ourselves.
Singing makes us happy.
Music has a massive impact on us. Music is proved to improve the performance of boring routine tasks. For example, the assembly line workers show better results and make fewer mistakes if the radio plays in the workshop. Other findings reveal that music improves the ability to recognize symbols, digits, and letters. It means that besides cheering us up, music improves our efficiency and productivity.
So, is it fair to suggest that singing in the shower charges us with energy, releases stress, and boosts our satisfaction with life? It certainly is. Not so long ago, during the lockdown, we were watching people around the world going out to their balconies and singing to comfort their close friends and accidental audience, thus helping them to overcome anxiety and fear.
Singing is believed to emerge even before the speech, so we find it easier to absorb and memorize the words accompanied by the music. This is probably the answer to the question of why some melodies give us goosebumps, while the others overturn our lives and make a difference in the entire world.
A legend goes that Confucius once heard the song by Li Bo and was so shaken by it that he refused to eat, drink or sleep for seven days. After that, he finalized his renowned teaching and was spreading it by singing the doctrine, using Li-Bo’s tune.
So why do we sing in the shower? Because we seek happiness, of course. And because we love singing.