Sing a song
Suchetha Satish, a 15-year-old Indian girl living in Dubai, shatters Guinness World Records.
She set one record when she was a seventh grader by singing songs in more than 100 languages. Her epic concert, “Music beyond Boundaries,” lasted 6 hours and 15 minutes.
It takes her about two hours to learn a new song. Her first foreign song was in Japanese. She has found French, Hungarian and German the most difficult languages. Her first criterion for shortlisting a song is the availability of karaoke. Karaoke gives her the tune, freeing her to concentrate on memorizing the lyrics of a new language.
Suchetha is an excellent dancer. She single-handedly choreographs her performances. In her spare time, she learns to play the keyboard and guitar. She aspires to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a physician.
“I have been actively involved in campaigning against the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs,” Suchetha explained. “I use this opportunity to tell my young friends to stay away from these three vices and, instead, take up music or sport to attain a high.”
These days she is busy composing songs about the novel coronavirus in many languages, admonishing her admirers to wash their hands and maintain social distancing.
Plato wrote: “Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life.”
Granted, Suchetha is a precocious child, possibly a genius. Her calling is to point us, the less gifted, to two truths.
One, if you find the pandemic boring, learn something new, like a foreign language or a musical instrument. Have something positive to show for that spare time. Don’t waste the opportunity.
Two, like Suchetha Satish, put whatever gifts you do have, or you acquire, into the service of love and bettering the human condition.