Making Music

Published on septembre 15, 2010

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Something special happened today.

Mid-afternoon, I had my voice lesson. While singing the Presentation of the Rose in Strauss’ Rosenkavalier, I totally lost hold of everything that I normally try to control or hold onto – my breath, the positioning of my body, my tone (and especially my vibrato), and most importantly, my emotions.

This is some of the most beautiful music ever written, and the amount of release that is absolutely required of the singer to even sing the notes is something that most people would not be comfortable with. I had a feeling of wanting to burst into tears, but also the most amazing sense of calm. Everything was working without me making it happen – my body really does know how to sing. As Michael said at my coaching this morning, ‘All you should really need to do is just stand there and feel, and vibrate.’ And for the first time in my life, that is exactly what I did.

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1 Comment

  1. eris

    It sounds like you achieved a moment of Zen. Brilliant!

Pour répondre à la question : "Est-ce que vous chantez toujours ?"

I have learned that there is a difference between my physical voice, and my voice in the broader sense. I have mastered my physical voice – all the nuances, the breaking points; learned the ways my voice likes to move and blossom. There is freedom and joy in the practise of using my voice in that way on stage. But I needed something more.

La magie de la vulnérabilité : Un an de sobriété

Inspirée par une petite puce en plastique argentée qui se trouvait dans ma poche et qui portait l'inscription "Women in Recovery" d'un côté et la prière de la sérénité de l'autre (et par mon téléphone rempli de nouveaux numéros), j'ai découvert un désir en moi que je ne savais même pas que je voulais avant d'entrer dans cette réunion. Je voulais me retrouver.