Do you enjoy singing? It may seem like a stupid question to people who are not professional singers or conservatory students. However, I have met people “in the biz” who seem to have forgotten that singing can/should be enjoyable. When every singing event is high stakes and serious and judged and “important”, it can feel […]
A tiny baby will grab your finger if you put it in the palm of her hand. This is the “grasp reflex”. The body has many such reflexes to stimuli. The grasp reflex, however, is a special one in terms of its metaphorical meaning. The English language is full of references to the need to […]
When discussing politics, pedagogy, problems, conflicts – The hardest thing is to not let our hearts harden. Sometimes we must work very hard to cultivate lightness, humor, kindness, truth, love, and openness. Let’s work together.
Please note that none of these quotations from singing masters of the past indicate a pervasively serious expression, a tall oval mouth opening, protruding lips, or a long, sad face. Most of the mentions of facial expression that I have found instructed something along the lines of the lighter emotions, and the outliers were the […]
If you teach, coach, or conduct singers, you probably inspire people to greater achievement and dedication to their art. What do you do to get inspiration and rejuvenation for yourself? Attending workshops, classes, concerts, and shows may be part of your refueling plan. Taking voice lessons and getting coaching on your own repertoire can keep […]
There is no way around it; you must get to know your body well in order to sing well. You need to find out how to treat it as best you can and how to listen to it – how to be with it, cooperate with it, and use it to the fullest. It’s important […]
Is it emotion? If so, what about a singer’s performance evokes emotion? Can it be feats of strength? Sensitivity? Fascinating ebb and flow of the lyric? Are exciting singers “loud”? Can soft singing be exciting? Can a voice be beautiful but not exciting? Exciting but ugly?
Why study singing? Why create? Why perform? Why stand up for what you believe? Am I not just another tiny redundancy in a mob of billions of people? Here is the answer: This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much […]
Sometimes we need a change. Things we do repeatedly can start to go south, in the sense that we do them more and more automatically, less mindfully, and with less interest. This effect is good for many things, but lousy for staying inspired or enthused. Consider doing something new for mind or body this week. […]
Some of you may ask “Is vocal freedom really a thing? Isn’t it hard work to make operatic sounds, or to be a lead singer for a rock band?”. One must expend energy to sing, of course – sometimes a lot of it – but there are always further efficiencies we can make, muscles we […]
Sometimes I hate the word. Knowing how something can be better and working toward that is a healthy part of any kind of work, but “It must be perfect!” is an ugly belief. Perfection may never come, and you may find that if it does, it will not satisfy more than “good” could have, if […]