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The Singer's Truth

Updated on April 11, 2017
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Respected vocal coach and professional singer, Audrey Hunt lays it on the line when it comes to the responsibility of singing.


The Singer's Truth

Translate the human condition into words and song

Go into the trenches of darkness

Meet loneliness


To sing is to feel

Renewing ourselves

Giving birth to the printed page

Weigh and balance every word

Expose small vignettes of self

Be human

Melody and lyrics are the muscles that matter

Illuminate the entirety of humanity

Travel through the dark to become light

Words and music refreshed

Spontaneity, vitality, life-affirming presentation

Breath-taking, confident form

Ever growing as an artist

Expansive risks abound

Extracting fragments of another time

Sweet, tranquil sounds bless nature's heart

Naked emotion surrounds itself

Truth exposed beyond the phrase

Pure joy, raw passion, renewed with each execution

Truth is the music, you are the song.

The singers greatest responsibility is to interpret the words and music of the song with truthfulness. No amount of talent or musicianship can compensate for this duty.

Audrey Hunt


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      Kenneth Avery 2 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Loved your poem. I mean it. I am an addict when it comes to lyrical poetry, abstract/prose and all of the poetry except early French Period pieces.

      Keep up the great work and I ain't spilling sunshine on you!

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      Victory Shine 2 months ago

      The poem is so much admirable and reflects one's emotions transcribed in the lyrics in to the singing.

      Victory Shine

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent poem and such an important message at the end!

      I agree with you that it is the singer who can make a song immortal by putting emotions and expressions in the lyrics by singing it with passion.

      Thanks and what a wonderful submission in the Poetry month!

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      Louise Powles 2 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a beautiful poem, I enjoyed reading it. Thankyou. =)

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago from Texas

      Audrey, beautiful poetry and the drawing is beautiful, you are such a gifted writer and artist.

      Blessings to you dear friend

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I was watching a video of Ann Wilson of Heart performing in you know she has not lost any of that miraculous voice? She still hits the high notes with power. I find that amazing....that's not normal, right? This has nothing to do with your beautiful poem, but you're the pro I wanted to ask.



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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Audrey this is so beautiful, and I love the picture of you. You captured the beauty of singing in poetic form, just lovely!!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 months ago from Dubai

      Beautiful poem enjoyed reading. Singing with feelings from the heart and soul will lead to a great truthful rendition of a song.

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      Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Audrey.........That is a self-portrait? Gosh, wonder woman.....Writer, poet, singer, sketch artist & beautiful, sweet lady too?? I believe I understand the meaning of "Complete Package!"

      WoW!.....You're my idol! :) Peace & Hugs, Paula

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.


      I've been wanting to try my hand at writing lyrical poetry for sometime. Your kind words mean so much. Just what I need to hear. Thank you my friend.

      Victory Shine

      Thanks for your comments. You've found my reason for writing this poem. Appreciate it!


      Very happy to know you agree with my ending message. It is the singer who breathes life into every word by reflecting one's emotions. Than you my friend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      'To sing is to feel," and "Truth is the music, you are the song." These lines are compelling. They, like the entire poem, come from a divinely-inspired heart.

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      rdsparrowriter 2 months ago

      Hi Audrey I enjoyed reading your poem :) It's beautiful :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Audrey,

      I am in awe by your humble comment. Everything that I said, I meant.

      You are a tremendous talent--just keep on writing no matter what.

      Love you!

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      Vladimir Karas 2 months ago from Canada

      Audrey---What a nice poem, it's a true expression of what you stand for in this world with your talent and your call to help others to express it.

      Of course, I couldn't share a similar story, but I did sing for the most of my life---with a voice somewhat like the one of Pat Boone, and with my old guitar that saw me hitting on quite a few girls in those years.

      Well, somewhere around my age of 57 I suddenly lost my singing voice. Crazy, because that coincided with my quitting smoking. I must say, I miss my singing. My guitar hanging on the wall and just blending with some framed photos depicting dear memories.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Love the poem, Audrey, and it's message. When I was a kid I used to always be singing songs I heard on the radio or record. When I got a little older I realised I was quite tone deaf and my singing voice left a lot to be desired .. So I stopped unless I was alone. Sad, but that's I write poetry and actually have one being released as a song soon and being recorded and filmed at Abbey Road Studios would you believe?

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      Nell Rose 2 months ago from England

      That was great Audrey! I love poetry so really enjoyed it!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.


      Thank you for taking the time to read my poem. You are kind to leave such a nice comment.


      My father was a poet though he didn't consider himself as such. Writing poetry seems to open a great big door for me "come in...make yourself at home." And I do. Thanks my friend.

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      Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed your poem very much, Audrey. I especially liked the first verse. I love its imagery.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Bill

      Actually it is normal for a singer to retain a rich, powerful voice as they age. But like the body the voice must be used. That means continuing to sing regularly and properly to exercise the voice to maintain control. Ann Wilson still performs which means she's working her voice regularly.

      So for the rest of us, who aren't up on the stage year after year, we must keep singing - practice regularly. "If 'ya don't use it, you lose it" applies to singing as well as muscles, etc.

      Know what? You've posed a good question for the Q&A section of the book!

      Thanks Bill

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Ruby

      I'm so glad you liked this poem. How are you doing with your singing these days. Still in the choir? Thanks my friend.


      Yes, you are spot on! If you're going to sing - let the words come from your heart. Thank you.

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      Patty Florence 2 months ago from Illinois

      Your poem is a pleasure to read. Thank you Audrey Hunt.

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      Maria Jordan 2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Lyrical, lilting, and lovely - just like you, dear Audrey.

      Happy, peaceful Easter to you and those you love. Hugs, Maria

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      Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Audrey. What a stunning contribution to Poetry Month. " Truth is the music, you are the song." Just beautiful! Your words make the heart sing.

      Happy Easter. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I really liked your poem Audrey.

      The Voice is a television show I truly enjoy watching. The 3 coaches choose potential contestants sight unseen just by hearing their singing voices. They then coach them to become better singers. There is only one winner at the end. True emotion and feelings are portrayed if singing songs correctly. I'll be watching that show tonight and tomorrow.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 months ago from California

      Loved this Audrey!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      A beautiful poem as well as self-portrait! You have creative talent. I can see you doing YouTube videos on singing ...

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Paula

      I wish I could lay claim to my portrait but alas, the credit goes to a world-fame artist who grabbed me as I walked off stage at one of my shows, sat me on a nearby rock right on the beach, and this is how my portrait was born.

      As for being the complete package...well, I don't even come close but if you keep reminding me that I am - Hallelujah! I'll keep working on it even when I'm six feet under.

      You have a way of motivating me like no one else. You have always left supportive comments to all of us here in hubland. If the best of us can be brought out - you are the one that inspires us to be the best!

      Thank you Paula...thank you!

      Hugs and joy.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.


      I appreciate your comment. Thanks for reading my poem dedicated to singers.


      I love writing about singing. I'm thrilled to read your kind comments. You - are an inspiring person. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.


      Lovely to see you my friend. Thank you for reading my poem. Singing is a wonderful way to release our emotions. Take care.


      Thank you. Your comments mean so much. Love to you and yours.

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      Mark Tulin 2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Love the energy and passion in this poem. There's a feeling of so much to express. The intense and expansive power of music that you feel comes across.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Nashville Tn.


      I was not aware that you were (are) a singer. With a voice like Pat Boone's I can imagine how you would attract fans left and right. I hope you'll recover your singing voice again - let me know if I can help.



      What exciting news this is! I'm thrilled for you. You must let me know when the song is being released. Congratulations!

      Hi Nell

      Thanks for being here. Appreciate your taking time out to read my poem. Take care my friend.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      Beautiful Poetry!!

      You have some great lines and I chose a couple or so:

      'Illuminate the entirety of humanity.'

      'Travel through the dark to become light.'

      'Truth is the music, you are the song.'

      Finally, you alone know your meaning, of course, but interpretation is of the mind and for the mind. The psychic Heart feels and pulls from the ether, like intuition. Music is the language universal; par excellence ... and the soul feeds in Silence. Loving thoughts.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      Linda Crampton

      I appreciate your kind words. Singing is a wonderful vehicle for self-expression. Sing with joy!

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      Audrey Hunt 8 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.


      With your beautiful background and experience as a nurse I'm sure you've witnessed the healing effects of singing. What positive steps forward humanity would experience if we were to replace fighting with singing!

      Thank you and peace and love to you.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Genna

      Thank you for such kind words and appreciation for my poem. Singing is good for the body and the soul. You are an example of this goodness.


      Yes, I've seen this show. Vocalists who express the meaning of the lyrics really mirror our own emotions. When this happens we connect with that singer. Thank you Peggy.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Audrey

      I couldn't ask for anything more than for hub pages top poet to love my poetry. I know your comment also confirms what you, the singer, feels. Thank you.


      I'm blown away by your suggestion on creating you tube videos. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and even purchased a new video camera to get started. I'll start practicing on my video skills tomorrow!

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      Devika Primić 8 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Audrey, great words and with deep emotions. Singing is from the heart and you make it sound so simple.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.


      Yes, singing comes from the heart. It's a connection to our true feelings and it's free. (Not much else is these days.) Thank you for your kind comments my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.


      So nice to see you here. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words.


      Thank you for finding my poem beautiful. But your comments, so full of wisdom, are more beautiful than poetry. In fact your very thoughts are poetry. I appreciate your support and your loyal inspiration.

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      Peggy Woods 7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful image of you to illustrate your well worded poem.

      If sung well a song does expose real emotions and truth. The coaches of the TV show "The Voice" always want to hear that from their contestants.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.


      Thank you for sharing your thoughts about singing with expression. You are right on the mark!

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Audrey, this is beautiful. It was a nice surprise to find another of your wonderful poems on this page!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.


      Thank you for being here. I feel honored that my poem was selected for "LetterPile."

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      Marlene Bertrand 11 hours ago from Northern California, USA

      A very lovely poem. It truly captures how I feel when I sing. I especially love the last line.

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      Audrey Hunt 9 hours ago from Nashville Tn.


      Thank you for your lovely comments and for confirming the truthfulness of my poem. This means so much coming from a singer such as yourself.

      Happy melodies to you Marlene.

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