I believe in singing. I believe in singing together.
— Brian Eno
Her latest book is, Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others chronicles her almost 25 year adventure singing in a colorful community choir, the Choral Society of Grace Church, at Broadway and 10th Street in New York City.
"When I joined the choir I was only looking to soothe a broken heart. Instead I found something that invariably transcends every misfortune I’ve faced and makes me happy," she wrote.
She's obviously not alone and there are multiple reasons why singing in groups makes people happy.
Ohio State music professor David Huron believes that singing may generate Prolactin, which has a tranquilizing, consoling effect. And researchers discovered that a choir singing Mozart's Requiem showed an increase in s-IgA, an immunoglobulin that enhances our immune defense.
According to McGill University professor, Daniel Levitin, the author of 2007's This is Your Brain on Music, group singing releases oxytocin, a chemical that manages anxiety and stress and enhances feelings of trust and bonding.
A new movie, Unfinished Song, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Stamp also illustrates the emotional healing power of choral singing.
Horn has an intricate knowledge and love of the music she sings even though she isn't quite as confident about her talent. She calls herself a "camouflage" singer who specializes in blending in.
Luckily for her, a 2005 study found that group singers experienced the same benefits even when “the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality.”
Her adventures with her co-singers and lessons that different pieces teach her are conveyed with an engaging and infectious spirit.
This book gives the reader a contact musical high and inspires one to run out and find the closest choir.