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(10 weeks in)

I thought I might be on a roll last week; I talked of emerging from a cocoon, butterfly-like. I had grand plans that I would begin practicing bit by bit. Maybe even start gently: ten minutes. Fifteen minutes. Twenty minutes. I had one day where I spent some time doing...

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Re-emergence

Re-emergence

Wake me up when it's spring (my garden: May 14, 2020) I just got tired of titling what had become a weekly "in isolation" series in relation to, well, isolation.* I'm sick of it. You're sick of it. We're all sick of it. And hopefully, we're not actually sick. Because...

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Singing in Isolation, Part VIIIKeeping Still

Singing in Isolation, Part VIII
Keeping Still

Some days it's about all we can do to keep our heads above water. Other days, we feel an inkling of hope. Often it's in the stillness that we are able to hear the voice of truth inside of us. I heard a quote last night that resonated with this very message: "The way...

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(not) Singing in Isolation Part VII: Rest Assured

(not) Singing in Isolation
Part VII: Rest Assured

Will it ever end? That's the $24,000 question. And not just if, but how? One thing seems for sure, though: Rest is Assured (that is, if we are able to quiet all that inner turmoil). We are being asked to upend all of our routines, let go of many of the things that...

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Singing in isolation,  Part VI: Digging Deep

Singing in isolation,
Part VI: Digging Deep

The courageous task of grabbing the figurative spade and plumbing the depths of inner feelings often means charting new territory, an expedition that feels terrifying in and of itself. But what I am realizing is that in this new context, while such anxieties may be real, they are irrelevant…

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Singing in isolation, Part V: Hibernation

Singing in isolation, Part V: Hibernation

I feel like I am in vocal hibernation. But perhaps it’s only hibernation from the sort of “diligent practice” that I try to model for my students, the kind of practice that is set on some sort of performance goal…

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Singing in isolation,  Part IV: Ring your bell

Singing in isolation,
Part IV: Ring your bell

Week 4 of isolation. The days blend into one another. As one wag wrote recently: “it’s the eleventy-seventh blursday of bejebuary”*. How do we even know what day or time it is? And why does it matter? I basically gave myself permission this week to not obsess anymore about why I wasn’t practicing…

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Singing in isolation, Part III

Singing in isolation,
Part III

This week it’s been tough to stay on track. I’m trying to be patient and compassionate with myself, because I realize that what I am feeling is grief. A student sent me a link to an article on this very topic, and I cried when I read it; I knew that this was exactly what I was experiencing…

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Singing in isolation, part II

Singing in isolation, part II

At first I didn’t really want to sing at all. I couldn’t bear the routine of it, for one (the seeming “drudgery” of practice). But there was also the seeming futility of it. What good would it do anyone? And besides, I had no desire to investigate much beneath the surface. But this week, I began…

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Singing in isolation

Singing in isolation

Three Decembers: My abandoned project The world feels a lot different this week than it did last, doesn't it? COVID-19 being declared a pandemic has sent many of us into a tailspin. Things that seemed secure are no longer givens. What might have been considered...

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