The Singer's Truth
“The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life.” – Pablo Casals
What is a Singer?
What is a singer? I've been asked this question many times during my lifetime as a vocal teacher. If you've been looking for a definition you'd come across something like this: A person who sings is called a singer. Well, okay, is that it? Heck, who couldn't figure that one out? While a definition such as this is true there's more to being a singer or vocalist.
The Singers Prime Responsibility
The singer breathes life into the words and music of the song causing an emotional reaction within the listener. Until a well-produced voice with vibrancy and clarity interpret the meaning of the song, the lyrics and notes are simply symbols on a printed page.
God bless the singer who brings vulnerability directly to the music. He exposes himself, flaws and all, before the world to see. As performers, vulnerability is integral to the profession. By performing we choose to put ourselves out there, hold our music, and ourselves, up for scrutiny, for praise and criticism. But without this vulnerability we cannot as singers "translate the human condition into the words and song."
The Singer's Truth
Translating the human condition into words and song
Diving into the trenches of darkness
Hungry for spirits love
To sing is to feel
Giving birth to the printed page
To weigh and balance every word
Expose the small vignettes of self
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.
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