TED Conversations

Singer Songwriter & Vocal Coach, Lizanne Hennessey - Voice Coach


This conversation is closed.

Integrating music into our everyday lives.

My idea is all about making music and singing as a tool to set a positive cycle in motion that will encourage respect, communication and expression, which to me, are key ingredients to a society of individuals who can truly change the world.

No, this is not a new idea - but I think it's something we forgot how to do, and I want to help us remember.

I made a video to explain how we can reap the benefits of integrating music into our everyday lives called "Growing Back into Music", which you can watch here:

I'm so curious what you all think!


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    May 6 2013: Great presentation, almost TED class :)
    I cannot agree more. Just one question. You say, Respect - Communicate - Express. Do you mean in only as an externalization? Can the process be internal too? I am asking because I used to do something during my school years which sort of became a fad within my friend's circle.
    There are 12 cranial nerves and during my childhood I found the names of these nerves funny. After failing for days to memorize the names, I started singing the names out. First I used some popular tune and then finding it difficult to fit the names in the tune, I changed the tune. Soon enough a strange song got composed, but guess what, the names went into my memory to never leave it.
    My friends tried the trick. Within a year periodic tables, electrochemical series and electropotential series became songs in the campus. Some students were spotted humming in exam halls too.
    Later I learnt that it is not that novel idea at all. We, in India, have a legendary singer named Kishore Kumar, who confessed on record “I could do little else besides singing. I was never good at studies so I used to compose different tunes for different subjects. For instance I composed a tune for a paragraph on the Malthusian theory of population.”
    Does this have anything to do with what you are proposing?
    • May 6 2013: Absolutely, Pabitra!
      This is exactly what I'm talking about!
      Utilizing a natural ability to sing and make music and implementing that ability in your life.

      If this idea were to have a 'core purpose', then it starts with self-exploration, a very internal process.
      As Henry said in his comment below (and I hope 'm interpreting this properly), some families aren't 'lucky' enough to provide an environment for kids to sing and make music freely when other issues that have something to do with creative expression take priority. But each individual possesses the natural ability to use music as a tool, in whatever way he/she wants or needs. That is the beauty of music, and the benefit - as you've clearly described with your anecdote! I bet you still know those songs! How wonderful, you set a music-influenced trend to aid your studies! Awesome!
      • thumb
        May 6 2013: :) Thanks! I had to wait for nearly three decades to get confirmation of my idea from a professional musician.
        I think you hit a treasure with your idea. Best of luck!
    • thumb
      May 7 2013: you two make my day. . think I just mention about my daughter wishing for exactly what you are speaking of. I finally got to the point of stating, if it can't be sung about, maybe we ought question the value of it . I like Sugata Mitra's talk to. . about kids figuring thingKs out for their selves. and education a continuous process of getting an or the idea and moving one. . or was that yet another tedtalk. Much magic to both
      • May 7 2013: Good, you did read Pabitra's story! Ignore my question above...!
        • thumb
          May 7 2013: I knew you would come to this one. I think it awesome what you are doing, you totally on the right track, I also love the spontaneity of coming up with fitting songs for the occasion.
          flower power to the people, with the music you make
      • thumb
        May 7 2013: Dear Renessa,
        There is simply no doubt in my mind that Lizanne has hit on something truly profound. I think your daughter did figure out what she should do with music. Every discovery of life need not be hyped and publicized but as explorers we all have our ways, kids certainly more ways than adults :)
        Just embrace with joy what you found and cherish it.
        Kind regards from India!

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.