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Singing In The Shower The death myth that never was

Ghanaian grandmothers told stories of how singing in the shower could cause one's parents to die. How true was this myth?

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If you sing in the shower your mother will die, this was a constant warning heard from grandmothers anytime they heard children sing in the shower. As little children, the story was believed and children normally never tried singing in the shower. But the urge to constantly start singing in the shower was high. This singing myth is a common myth believed by most Ghanaian children as they grew up.

Despite this scary myth, almost everybody has sung in the bathroom before even the people with the weirdest voice. But not any song will do. The kind of singing that will provide you with significant health benefits have to come from deep inside your chest, even from your abdomen.

Singing in the shower: How Ghanaian grandmothers made children believe the death myth play Grandmothers told grandchildren their parents would die if they sang in the shower to prevent soap lather from getting into their mouth


To some people the bathroom serves as an auditorium where they can sing and express their emotions. It is usually allowed to sing in the bathroom without being stopped unlike any other place in the home that mum or dad could just shout at you to “shut up” because you could be disturbing the peace at home.

Interestingly, growing up proved to show grandmothers were only telling fibs. What the oldies wanted to prevent was lather from soaps entering the mouth which could cause some ailments like Migraines Asthma symptoms and revive allergies when the lather constantly enters the mouth.

Again one common occurrence is the exposure to parabens. Parabens are toxins that can overly trigger the release of estrogen pushing the body to react in various ways decreasing muscle mass and increasing fat deposits.

This notwithstanding, many people sing in the shower because some bathrooms have surfaces of the walls hard mostly with wooden panels and lack of soft furnishings, and this atmosphere creates a very resounding one to enrich their voices.  Small dimensions and hard surfaces of a typical bathroom produce various kinds of standing waves, rumbling and echoing, giving the voice depth.

The bathroom serves as an auditorium for people who like singing in the shower play Singing in the shower for most people is refreshing


Singing in the shower also is very refreshing; you may come out from there feeling energetic for the day already. In the average shower, the resonant frequency is 100 Hz, which is at the low end of the range but the human speech ranges from roughly 85-255 Hz which is appropriate for the voice.

How many people can really explain why they sing in the bathroom? Apparently not many can explain because it is an inherited psychological tendency.

For instance, singing in the shower brings back good memories from childhood.

Others will also pick up the habit by observing their parents or immediate caregivers do same, something psychologist describes as behaviour modelling.

Singing in the shower brings back fond childhood memories motivating repetition of the behaviour in late stages of life.

Singing in the shower, almost everybody does it play Singing in the shower, a habit by many


Mothers and fathers instinctively raise their infants with lullabies, and it actually encourages the growth of the child to process language. So when you sing to yourself, you're calling back to a fundamental period in your life. Researches have proven that singing in the shower expresses sadness, anxiety and depression. And at the end of the day, it increases one's lifespan.

It turns out that singing in general, and especially doing it first thing in the morning during shower has a lot of positive mental and physical health benefits. It is arguably a better way, physically, emotionally and psychologically to start your day that you might not even need your daily coffee.

It is believed that people may sing involuntary for the many reasons and some may include when an individual loves music they unconsciously sing. People who are emotionally disturbed would sing as a way of expressing their feelings to the outside world without knowing. Singing with joy, irrespective of the person’s environment may be the third reason why people sing without knowing what they are doing.

When you sing in the shower, some of the waves are thrown back at you immediately so you get to hear yourself, others travel farther and you do not hear them at all.

Singing in the shower for some people is a ritual play Singing in the shower for some people is a ritual


Most people sing very well in the shower. The shower to them serves as a studio where there are mixes and directors with each of these aids helping the voice sounds powerful and richer. There are also couple of people who are the best artist in their own way. Anybody would wow at their voice but they never had the courage to stand in public to sing. They prefer best to sing in the shower especially when no one is home. Some even sing in their cars with the windows rolled up.

Researchers over the period have proven that singing can be done in sadness, anxiety and in a depression state. When allowed to do this in the shower, one will absolutely be relieved of some heaviness. So get the water temperature right and enjoy your shower.

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