Yesterday afternoon I rejoined Glorious Chorus the vibrant choir I've been singing with as a soloist for the past five years, for a one off special performance of their 'One World' show.
Singing with the choir has been a real liberation for me and my voice; there's nothing like singing your heart out and harmonising in a large group of people, It's utterly primordial and fundamental. When I hear wolves howling in David Attenborough documentaries, I get delicious shivers up my spine, because I know how they feel!
I have always sung, to myself, with my family, to impress my dear granny, to share joy with friends and to connect with people. I've also always written songs; inventing notation methods on the inside of a shoebox when I was six, because it was the only writing surface to hand; I had a fisher-price voice recorder before school age and would record songs for myself to get it down, to somehow capture and hold the tactile sense of emotion I felt and my comprehension of the wide, wild world as I came to understand little details of it.
That desire to make sense of life through song and share my perspective with the world has never left me, it's what I do.