The Mystery and Demystification of the Voice

I’m fascinated with both the mystery and the demystification of the voice. 

                  photo: Trey Ratcliff

                  photo: Trey Ratcliff

THE MYSTERY - why we are moved in a way we can’t explain when we hear a voice that resonates with our personal experience. What stirs those vibrations, sensations, emotions? Is it the tambre of that voice? The intangible expression of something we struggle to define? The sense of freedom expressed? The poignant suffering? An ethereal, pure aesthetic? Why does it feel so cathartic to sing? What causes that palpable sense of joy and release?  I don’t know and I love that I don’t know.

                     photo: Austin Kleon

                     photo: Austin Kleon

THE DEMYSTIFICATION - understanding how the vocal instrument works so that we have ideal conditions for creating the types of sounds that express what we most yearn to express.  Before nerding out on vocal technique and vocology (study of all things voice related - the science of it - the physics, medical perspectives, etc) I had limiting beliefs about voice. I thought that you could sing or you couldn’t. The camp of ‘some people were just born with great voices’. Now, I’m not denying that some individuals are born with an instrument and facility for singing - in the same way that some are born with a body that may have a facility for high jumping or sprinting - or a mind with a tendency towards abstract thinking or problem solving. However, I’ve witnessed enough growth in singing now to see that knowledge is power.  When someone connects her breath with creating a resonant sound and that little lightbulb goes off - magic! - like riding on air - except that it wasn’t magic! Haha!  It’s silly how much I love this stuff.  I’m getting giddy remembering someone’s reaction to their own voice.  

Demystifying the voice gives you the tools to free your voice, find your voice, increase your capacity to express yourself with your voice.

What are some things you've demystified about your own voice?  What remains a mystery?