In the constant pursuit of perfecting technique, artistic expression and slogging our way through the competition that is the music industry, it's easy to lose our sense of personhood. Life as a professional singer is a tricky and incredibly involved enterprise with many hours spent in the "on" position. What I wouldn't give to be able to take my larynx and folds out and give them a nice essential oil bath. Alas! My voice is with me when I'm yelling in a bar, when I'm sick, when I've been spending the day talking and making lots of phone calls. For better or for worse! whether in dry climates, humid, cold or hot-we must be able to produce our glorious sounds. Our developing industry has more and more demands on us. My hope is that we all just remember to be humans first: We aren't music making machines. We have good and bad days, and we are creating expressive art in an increasingly unfeeling world.
My plea is that we keep the vigorous, beating heart of live music truly alive. I want all of us artists to care and protect ourselves and one another. Be around your people, musical and nonmusical. Give yourself time off- courageously be off as intrepidly as you are on. Be around other artists. Know what recharges you and replenishes your spirit. Perhaps it's time away by yourself, or socializing, or keeping work and personal life separate? Take time to find these out. They will empower you to be the best colleague, person and artist for it. Ask yourself what you love about this art form. This is always a process. There is no arrival point.
It is a necessary evil to become slightly obsessed with technique and all things singing. It is a natural inclination of mine to be all in or all out- fully in singing-mode or fully checked out. Sometimes those extremes are necessary, but I encourage myself to look for the places within the expanse between those extremes. Be good to yourself.
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