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.