Nursery Magic is Very Strange and Wonderful: Singing your REAL voice

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.  Elizabeth Lawrence

Teachers of singing will often tell you that they will help you “find your voice”. Good on them. It may sound cheap or glitzy, but that’s really the aim of the vocal technician at any level. (A voice coach, on the other hand, you will hire primarily to address your issues of style and musicality.)

So you’ve set out to find which voice? Whose voice? Rarely do teachers and coaches discuss exactly why singers should get in touch with their own “primitive” voices, the voices of their infancy, their voices stripped of filters, culture, and dialect.

If you have an extra moment now, please read this recent post by my teacher, Jean-Ronald LaFond…I can’t say it better than he does in his article Primal Voice and Civilized Music. Also, GEEK OUT! to the links at the end of this post.

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To be a real singer you must sometimes be a child. (Insert tenor joke here) 😉

A baby has no governor on the sounds she makes, she simply obeys instinct. A young child will convince you that he can climb a tree and touch the moon. Children are not self-conscious of the magical world they enter when they play. They run with abandon, they make uncivilized sounds, they will accept any storyline. It’s only when we are older that we realize how strange and wonderful is childhood magic.

Jean-Etienne Liotard
Young Girl Singing Into A Mirror, by Jean-Etienne Liotard

Singers, sing with your REAL voice. Let loose primitive sounds. Invite clean, honest vowels to come out and play.  Be imaginative in the way you approach your character’s story. Love the child in you who can accept any sound you could make without judgement.

Read yesterday’s introductory post “SINGING FOR REAL” and come back tomorrow for “ACTING FOR REAL”

GEEK OUT! to these links and listen for operatic and musical theater sounds…

Sabine Kobongo and tribal singers from Andhra Pradesh India

Elementary School in Chittoor,AP,India. This s...
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Children of Bharati

Roomful of Teeth projects


Yodeling meets throat singing

Roomful of Teeth and tUnE-yArDs

TED lecture

Claron McFaddon singing in the Stadsschouwburg...

Claron McFadden: Singing the primal mystery

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