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The Vocalist’s Grand Bargain

“I guess I’ll have to take better care of my voice now,” said the college sophomore seated in the front row of my workshop, her drooping ponytail and husky sound showing a resigned determination after she admitted a recent diagnosis of vocal polyps. A senior at the back of the group, his baritone matching the […]

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The Power of Voice – Quotes

“The human voice is the most pure expression coming from your own being. There is nothing between your soul and your ability and your body, and the audience… that’s why it’s so sensitive.” —Bill Maxwell, vocalist contractor, in 2013 documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. “A defective voice will always preclude an artist from achieving the complete […]

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Voice and music—some favorite quotes

“If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.” —Daniel Webster “The best communications technology is the ear.”— Esther Dyson “A voice that is free, that feels its inherent right to speak, will have no fear of calling […]

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Teaching and Healing—some favorite quotes

“Health is a dynamic and harmonious equilibrium of all the elements and forces making up and surrounding a human being.” —Andrew Weil, MD “Knowing the person who has a disease is as important as knowing the disease the person has.”—Hippocrates “Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow, whatever is rigid and blocked will wither […]

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The Next “Voice Science”

[What public health, ethnology, and neuroscience have to do with it] In the mid-20th century, people started to understand how the vocal cords actually work. Nineteenth century singing teacher Manuel Garcia had famously arranged a mirror and candle to SEE his voice, but until technologies arrived to capture moving images of the cords as they […]

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The Vocal Big Bang

Just after midnight on January 1, 2000, my husband ran into our music room, grabbed a 30-inch brass gong and its mallet, and held them high as he opened the back door, then raised his arm for a massive hit. BANG! The gong’s rich, metallic vibes joined a cacophony of  car horns, shouting, and rattling pots and […]

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