I was thinking about something the other day…When I got my first tattoo, it was this small treble clef on my left hip; it was my daily reminder that music is a huge part of my life and that regardless of where life takes me, not to lose that escape. It may be a small tattoo but the meaning is quite large.
As for my second tattoo, I was living in LA and had been dreaming it up for quite some time. I always loved those old 50s-style condenser microphones but for awhile I didn’t know where I wanted it or how to make it extra meaningful and impactful.
I decided to wrap the microphone with words, but the question became which words or lyrics were what I wanted permanently on my body. Then it hit me.
Sing as if no one is listening.
You may recognize it, from this quote:
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
Of course, it could be related back to my days of singing…practicing in the practice rooms in the basement of my dorm, knowing very well that they weren’t fully sound proof, hearing all of these amazing musicians in the rooms around me and feeling like I didn’t quite meet the same bill, but with that said, it does also extend well beyond that, and continues to do so to this day.
“Sing as if no one is listening” is a reminder to be myself, to be authentic, and to stop caring what others think. When we do that, we hold the power to be who we want to be, to pave new paths and reach new heights.
When I actually sing as if no one is listening, my voice has power, confidence and I’m able to hit notes that otherwise are significantly more difficult to hit.
It is because of those reasons and those daily reminders, that no, I will not regret the changes I made to my body when I got my tattoos. It’s not to say that others won’t, but that’s my tattoo story and it’s one I’m happy to share.
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