Vocal discoveries

Published on avril 3, 2010

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After making my recording last week, I needed a few epiphanies to help me start to really love my voice again, and to start to put my technique back together.

-Music has to move through time – it is meant to make beautiful the passing of time. Dwelling on the past does not help make it more beautiful, nor does trying to prolong a moment. Moments cannot be prolonged. They need to be let go. In this way, music is a constant experiencing and releasing of the beauty of moments.

-Instead of giving the tone space in the long sense in the throat (ie extending the throat), I need to more or less ‘tuck in’ my chin. In this way I will achieve flexibility and warmth at the same time.

-The more I can learn to reveal the unique qualities of my voice, the more honest my performances will be. I am and will be hired (or not) based on the unique strengths of my voice, so I should not try to hide them. Whether or not they are ‘beautiful’ is not important – because the beauty is in honest performance enriched by solid technique.

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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.