The Pros and Cons of Singing In a Car
Is there any better environment in the world to sing than in your car? Ok, maybe an actual music studio, but is there anywhere more fun to sing? Heck no. Whether you’re belting out “Bohemian Rhapsody” with your friends or perfecting your version of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” on your own, the car is where you can really let loose while enjoying a nice view. At the same time, there are always pitfalls: You can get distracted, ridiculed, and even lost. Here are some pros and cons of singing in the car.
PRO: It’s fun to do alone
There are few places you can sing by yourself without the worry that someone else will hear you. For those who live in apartments, crowded houses, or anywhere with thin walls, it’s hard not to be self-conscious while singing smooth R&B to yourself in the mirror. So, when you’re stuck in traffic and finally hit the highest note you’ve ever hit, thank your lucky stars you had so many errands to run on the other side of town.
CON: No one will ever believe you
How convenient that you happened to finally hit the high part of “Africa” by Toto and no one was around to witness it. While you’d like to believe your friends will stick by any musical claim you make, there’s the off chance that they’ll just think you’re simply hyping yourself up.
PRO: Even chores become fun
Even the most mundane chore becomes ten times more fun when you crank up the music and sing like you’re trying to get the lead in Hamilton. No matter where you go -- whether it’s a quick drive to the convenient store -- or an 8-hour road trip out of state, singing in the car is the perfect way to pass the time and have fun doing it.
CON: Unless you get lost…
Here’s the thing about having too much fun in the car… it can get distracting. While the idea of making the journey more fun than the destination is nice, you’ve got to keep in mind that the destination is kiiiinda important too. So, while you’re having a ball singing along to Weezer, make sure to remember to take that exit or else prepare to have your singalong ruined by the dreaded “rerouting” sound of your GPS.
PRO: It helps road rage
Here’s a true fact -- singing actually makes you happier. In a recent article by Time magazine, it was said that singing actually releases endorphins, which makes you happier. In that very same article, they cite a study which makes the case that “music evolved as a tool of social living”. So, when you’re singing with friends, you’re all happy bonding together.
CON: Unless you don’t like the music in the car
A driver shouldn’t have any control over the music. The passenger should rule the radio. Because: A. It’s dangerous and B. They’re the one with the iPhone. So when someone in the backseat opens Wurrly and chooses a song you particularly dislike, there’s not much you can do except grin and bear it.
PRO: You can play your music as loud as you want
No neighbors, no rules, no problem. Is there anything better than cranking your music up to the highest number it’ll go and screaming at the top of your lungs? Nope. There isn’t.
CON: Careful about blowing out your stereo… and voice
Seriously, know the limits of your machinery and voice box and take it down a couple of notches. Where’s the fun in singing “Dookie” by Green Day on the way to the supermarket if you can’t sing “When I Come Around” on the way home?!”
PRO: You can finally prove to your friends you have a good voice
So karaoke in front of a huge crowd isn’t your thing -- no biggie! When you get the chance to sing the entirety of Meat Loaf’s catalogue in front of your friends (and only your friends) you’ll finally understand why professional singers get such a rush performing at concerts. In the car, it’s just you and your buds -- no intoxicated patrons waiting to harass you, no karaoke hogs aching to sing “Let It Go,” and no faulty microphones waiting to electrocute you.
CON: You’re gonna have to wait your turn
Your friends are your friends for a reason -- they all share the same interests as you, including: YUP, singing. So, there’s a good chance you’re going to have to listen to a lot of renditions of “Don’t Stop Believing” until you get your chance to sing the song you wanna belt out. Just plan on driving in circles until they let you take control of the music.