"Throughout the world the fundamental right to vocal expression has existed for centuries in the form of communal singing. At the lakeside, in cotton fields, in battle and in love, in the funeral procession and at the wedding feast, in the mountains of Argentina and in the great gospel halls of New Orleans, singing has been the most arousing and enlivening communal activity since the earliest of times. However, in the modern era of the western world the culture of singing has been lost to a great extent. The conditioning we receive from parents or teachers who tell us we cannot sing, the sense of inadequacy instilled in those who do not read music and have overbearing preoccupations of everyday life--all these have led to a silencing of a true voice which in fact everyone possesses." -- Paul Newham from The Singing Cure.