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There and back again

There and back again

I have been reminded multiple times in the past week about the spiral nature of learning and experience. We experience, reflect, experience, reflect, constantly returning back to the practice each time with new knowledge…As Samuel Beckett famously said: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

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At X purposes

At X purposes

We all do it. Why? Sometimes it can simply be blamed on ignorance or inexperience. We all misstep. But so frequently, we act in spite of knowing better. We choose the path we know all too well is not the most efficient, beneficial one, but rather the one that feels so painfully familiar. We work at cross purposes to ourselves and our goals.

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Brave New Year

Brave New Year

It’s a new year. A new decade. I’m reflecting with intention on whatI’d like the next days, weeks, months and years to look like as they pertain to my singing life. And as we know from these last few months of Singing and Self, I take the idea of Singing and Voice personally. Which is to say that I believe that they are metaphors for life itself.

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Peeling the onion

Peeling the onion

the way I experience it, both as singer myself and as a teacher of singers, is that the act of learning to sing better is a microcosm of life itself. So it has some kind of poetic sense that a living thing–an onion–might be used as a metaphor for this process.

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Soulstice Sisterhood

Soulstice Sisterhood

As I ponder sisterhood within the context of this blog, I think of all the amazing women I have encountered in my singing life, my Singing Sisters. There are so many of them and they have supported and sustained me over these many years of my singing life. I apologize in advance if there are some who aren’t mentioned here–it’s a long list.

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Such a long journey

Such a long journey

This past summer when I was teaching in Lyon, I walked up these stairs every morning to work. It was no mean feat (where the photo was taken is about 2/3 of the way up--it's steep!). Today as I pondered what to post, I remembered this photo; when I took it I was...

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To bud or to blossom

To bud or to blossom

One of my students spoke of an epiphany this week in performance. She had been reflecting on the disconnect between her idea of perceived vocal “control” and what she imagined to be freedom in her singing and performing. She noted that every performance in which she felt she had done “all the right things” (thinking this must result in a feeling of vocal freedom and abandon), when she watched the video of her performance, she was crestfallen by how tight and rigid it all seemed.

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Burn out

Burn out

Burn out. It seems it’s that time of year. As the light of day gets dimmer heading to the Solstice (my birthday, as chance would have it!), it seems like many in my midst have candles that have burned down to stubs. Including myself…

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Life Boat(s)

Life Boat(s)

My teacher, Neil Semer, often tells me that I’m a “lifeboat person”. What he means by that is that I am the kind of person you want to have in your lifeboat. A survivor. A survivor. Someone tenacious. Someone you can count on in a crisis. A person who will hold on to life with an iron grip. Who never gives up. And this is true. The only downside, as he puts it, is that these attributes are not generally that helpful when it comes to singing…

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The Body’s Score

The Body’s Score

Anyone who knows me knows about my respect for the body’s wisdom…this week’s realization comes from my own body and what it’s been telling me…

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