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Observe: I Want It That Way

Last week, a NYC subway car became a site for communal song contagion. A person walked on exhibiting one of the most irritating of subway behaviors, playing loud music. Within a few minutes the entire car was singing along.

This is a fun incident for certain but it isn’t an isolated one. We are wired for community and for community singing. Still, most of us don’t live that way.

Today, look up a bit and notice the other humans around you. Most people won’t know what to do with that so try it in a “safe” environment such as within your office or school. Really look at people, really listen. Then, really observe how your breathing has changed. We like to believe we are in it alone, but your physiology disagrees.

Extra credit: Next time you find yourself in a song contagion at Ikea or Starbucks, look at the people you just caught yourself singing with for a moment. The inclination to laugh it off and run is real — so is the community you just created.

Gina Razón is the principal voice specialist at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service voice and speech studio in Boston’s Back Bay.  She has over 16 years of experience both as a teacher of voice and speech, and a voraciously curious voice user.  Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker.  For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit

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