Authenticity  

There comes a time in everyone’s life, hopefully, when what we have been trying to fix, perfect and improve in our own warped way has to be accepted, completely.  

There is an inner longing that grows stronger inside of us that has a need for unconditional love above all else.  Above all of the reaching, searching or grasping for something more than what is right here.

This realization that fixing and perfecting our voices, our bodies or our wounds has to come to an end. 

That this outside need for approval from others or the nod of approval from ourselves is not enough anymore. 

For singers we know how good it feels to sing really well and we also know the kind of dizzying affect it has on others, and we want nothing more than to always have our voice be like That. 

We know it’s in us, this beauty, this freedom and this capacity for well, more. 

This freedom can be found but not through the lens of perfection, it’s the other way around. 

Perfection can be found through but through the doorway of freedom. 

This is the path of authenticity, the path of loving ourselves versus fixing or altering ourselves. 

To uncover the voice and for beauty to arrive and grow up inside we are asked to let go of any fixing, working, pushing and perfecting and to move towards an inner wholeness, an opening and an embracing of The Authentic Self. 

When we move gently towards this search the inner space grows and fills us up from the inside and begins to bloom outwards.

The beauty of our voice is a direct reflection from this inner sound space.  

This Tone is felt by others but in a quieter, more gentle way.

The healing sound of the voice then points others towards themselves rather towards you. 

It’s a revelation. 

Chiaroscuro – dark and light

Mind your tone! Watch your tone with me! You may or may not remember these words from your younger days? We can’t help the tone of our voice telling on us! The truth is inside the tone and not the actual words we are saying. It is our Living Word. Let’s see what’s...

We are like trees…

We are like trees… We are like trees. Twisting around life the best we can. Twisting, growing, bending and changing into the beautiful works of art that we are. She said, ‘but how do I untwist myself?’ She didn’t know she was twisted and closed off until she tried to...

Shake off the nasty…

Shake off the nasty…

Those statements that locked time into a small room along with their voice and carefulness crept up around them to replace freedom.

Singing and Safety

I did a podcast yesterday and the interviewer shared her experience of when she was a child she was told by a family member to be quiet after she sang.  She shared that at the time that she was singing she felt so open and free and then a familiar voice said to...

Digging roots in the playground…

I call the root chakra the Playground. It is the ground of play that we as children were raised in.  Play started with our Mothers and the play between Mother and child with cooing and the wiggling of arms and legs and such as well as the playful and loving sound...

I think confidence is overrated. I really don’t think we’re built like this - to work to achieve confidence. It takes courage to move in this world, and it takes courage to sing. Our vulnerability is our strength and when we try too hard to be confident inadvertently...

Getting out of the way!

I was trying to help Louis find a new pathway for his voice using boring old musical scales.  Up and down, up and down with each time introducing very subtle movements for him to try.  Listen to the vowel! Focus your gaze forward! Soften your eyes! Enjoy yourself!  I...

Rants of a voice teacher…

The rants of a voice teacher…. Do you know the kind of mess that is being made inside the body because of the cork, words, truth etc that gets stuck in the throat?  Not expressing and being silent creates a bottle neck of energy that is like a log jam in the...

The Pleaser and the Voice

Are you a people pleaser?  Putting others needs before yours is understandable yes, but here's the thing, it kills the authentic voice.  Having a voice for real is about coming face-to-face with this protective, knee-jerk grip that speaks first out of our mouths out...

Open & Release Your Voice!

The singing voice gets a bad rap. It’s criticized and judged from a very early age. I don’t know what compels grade school music teachers to shame innocent children into ‘standing at the back‘, or to ‘mouth the words,‘ but it happens all the time. There are so many...

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