Voice Art

EVERYONE can sing but what have you got to say? This is usually my lead-in question at masterclasses and it’s quite a divider like oil n water. The blues folk did it in the cotton fields, formulating tunes to express their conditions of life. The Sami nomads did it striding across the northern hemisphere Joiking along with their herd. The metal vikings did it, unleashing repression and defiance skåling their way through potions of absinthe to bond with their tribes. The Finnish and Japanese just love their karaoke. Nature does it, communicates its code of life in song. (Paragraph) Singing is about the art of expression. It connects us to our native self. The vibration and expression – alignment to life of who we are. The native art of expression with our voices intwined in song. (P) It only became entertainment for the kings and queens as well as a lucrative sport later on. (P) I coach vocals, singing and expression in more of a holistic, visual and spatial way by connecting shapes and sounds, pronounciation in a way that facilitates our journey through song. It is not unlike marital arts or sports training actually,. I believe in ‘VOICE ART’. I believe you should sing to be yourself . It is empowering and there is only one of you. And like Bruce Lee once quoted “True mastery transcends any particular art. It stems from mastery of oneself–the ability, developed through self-discipline, to be calm, fully aware, and completely in tune with oneself and the surroundings. Then, and only then, can a person know himself.”

Some performance based lifestyles, people in the arts, actors, media and anything which driven with public motive. This is hard conditioning when we compare ourselves with being judged against these standards which become harvested careers. Not all of us wish to be famous or make a job out of singing, or even draw attention to ourselves. Some of us just want to participate in the ebb and flow of life and find our song along the way. I’m all for this hobby or otherwise. Singing and expression should be a lifestyle, a sanctuary of freedom and discover, an experience (as a young guy once whispered to me onstage – amazing) to share amongst each other. It’s restorative, community, social and brings happiness. My deepest desire is to enable people to reconnect to their native selves though their voice and expression. This is why I sing. I believe in a living principle.

  • Voice Art
  • The tongue, posture, Zen breathing (4/6/4) isolating micro muscles, gargling, the singing from the upper back of the throat, consequent vowel shapes, there are so many crazy random exercises which challenge the muscles to create a reflex action for singing with freedom. It’s a science that works just like sport or any other activity. Routine training and warm ups are essential to maintain vocal fitness, just like nature challenges it’s voice daily in search of food or a partner. More on that later.. ! One thing, we can’t stay in school forever as singers or otherwise. The goal has to be realised. By the way as far as excuses go …. “Our deepest fear is not that we are weak. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world … As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson ‘ A Return to Love’. I used to borrow this quote when after a few lessons in, my students real motives for learning to sing correctly would usually emerge as confidence emerges whilst the insecurity barriers fell away. Its a grand release of voice! Hence “I sing to be myself”
A true piece of art scratched together from a recent class! When we write these things in a physical sense I think we memorise in a visual recall. I think it helps to document the whole experience. These are Voice Art designed from iso-walks during lockdown April 2020!
A trainee extra, our neighbours cat Oscar doing what cats do!