I've always been too scared to sing
All of my relatively short life I've listened to music and found myself drifting off into a dream about having the courage to sing myself, but I've never actually tried. I've admired from afar the balls of karaoke singers in bars, but of course I never dared to dream of taking the mic myself.
Recently my girlfriend has taken to sending me shy clips of herself singing popular songs on a karaoke app. Without telling anyone I downloaded this app myself for a little nosey. I tentatively eked out songs like "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt, you know, ones that didn't really require me to sing out loud, if you catch my drift. I was starting to feel a little good about myself but when it came to songs I like that required me to really sing out loud I just couldn't do it and it made me sad. I can't even raise my voice to get someone's attention without my throat hurting.
I gave it one last try with a song my pious girl introduced to me. I don't know if you know it, it's called "Better Than I" and it's played in some Disney movie about a biblical character called Joseph. The first verse is soft and I got through it then the app indicated that the next line would be high and I thought, "Here we go again..." but somehow I was able to hit it and hold it! My voice had finally broken through - I couldn't believe it even as it was happening! I had FINALLY discovered the joy of singing and I'm not ashamed to admit that I got a bit emotional. I sung the song again and again that day until my throat hurt. I was SO excited to share it with my girlfriend and of course only her. Naturally she said all the right things and made me feel great.
I listened to my singing back and...well, it sounded like a pile of crap. It didn't matter because the spark had been ignited and I went looking for how I can sing that song better. I found my way to Ken's YouTube channel and after consuming a few videos I recognised several mistakes he spoke about in my own singing.
So, here I am throwing my lot in with Ken and all the singers on this forum, and I can't wait to see where it takes me.