When the Journey Takes a Detour

In a talk given by Tara Brach I heard an old adage - ‘a truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.’

This struck me deeply - as the less mindful, less patient side of me would most easily default to thinking - ‘For the love of GOD, why do I keep getting SIDETRACKED?!’  (Hello there, drama queen :).

My body and my relationship with it has become a profound detour.  Upon reflection, it has been trying to communicate with me for 25 years.  I am learning now to listen. . . . .

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Breathing for Singing - Is it Really that Important?

So is breath really that important for singing?

Listen carefully . . .BREATH IS EVERYTHING. 

OK - fine. I have a flair for drama.  Not everything.  JUST 99% of everything.  Still too much?  Fine. Breath is 90% of everything that you should understand about singing.

If you appreciate full, warm, resonant tones and a sense of strength, fluidity, and openness you want to spend time working with breath. . . .

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ is achingly beautiful.  I encourage you to read it ALOUD. . .

Before learning how to use my breath as well as other ‘flying’ techniques, I felt caged.  I knew exactly where the edges were. I knew the limitations of my reach and approached them either with trepidation or conversely using a lot of energy to try to break free.  

. . .The caged bird sings

with a fearful trill

of things unknown . . .

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The free bird leaps

on the back of the wind

and floats downstream

till the current ends . . .

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