Why singing needs a health comeback


As this is my last Journal Talk before my departure from Australian Doctor, I’d like to end on a high note. Don’t worry, I’m not going to sing to you on my way out the door, but I do think it’s worth asking whether a spot of the old serenading is good for health?

This was brought home to me during a recent trip to a remote mountain village in China, where the locals had been converted to Christianity two centuries earlier. On Christmas Eve, I sat at the back of their small church and listened to their beautiful and moving rendition of