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Wild Fires and Your Voice

Every year, it seems that California’s wild fires become more frequent, bigger, and closer to our cities. People in evacuation zones naturally face the biggest risks and disruptions. But everyone in the region can see and smell the smoke that turns our sky such an eerie yellow-gray. Vocalists use our airways in special ways, and […]

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Allergy Season Voice Care

Voice Care in Allergy Season I’m not much of a gardener, but this spring I clearly saw the jade plant on my porch plumping out thicker-than-usual green leaves, after our winter of much-higher-than-average rain. Thriving plant life means more air-borne spores springing forth, to which human bodies often react badly. Rather than mutual celebration, 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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Singers’ Guide to Throat Lozenges

Before you use an over-the-counter throat lozenge, think carefully about why you want one. The most common reasons why people use lozenges are (1) a hoarse-sounding voice, (2) throat pain, (3) cough. Sometimes these symptoms occur together, sometimes not. They are relieved by different ingredients, and some of those ingredients have side effects that you […]

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