Updated date:

The Singer's Biggest Responsibility

Audrey Hunt, a renowned vocal coach, shares valuable information for singing like a professional. Learn how to improve your present voice.

Make The Song Yours

Live the lyrics of the song to reach your audience.

Live the lyrics of the song to reach your audience.

“The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life.” – Pablo Casals

The Singers Prime Responsibility

As a singer, your biggest responsibility is to breathe life into the words and music of the song. If you don't believe each and every word, neither will your audience. Your concern should be about 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."

Recalling a past experience with which relate to the lyrics of the song will help you sing with full emotion.

Six Tips To Sing With More Emotion

The singer’s instrument is composed of the body, the voice, the imagination, emotion, the brain, and the life experience of you the singer. When you have a liking for a particular song you are influenced by the poetic expression found in the lyrics and melody. So, get busy, and Increase your emotional appetite, and let it grow throughout the words:

  1. Use dynamics (loud/soft.) Dynamics are one of the most important parts of singing music because you can express so much emotion with them.
  2. Place emphases on different words.
  3. Linger over a long note.
  4. Use grunts, whispers and other emotive sounds but do so sparingly to avoid vocal damage.
  5. Use falsetto for a special affect.
  6. Add vibrato on long notes.

Remember this: You have so much to share, so much inside you, so use your experiences, the good, the bad and even the ugly. Your audience has probably gone through most of the same stuff as you and will relate emotionally.

The Singer's Truth

Translating the human condition into words and song

Diving into the trenches of darkness

Meeting loneliness

Hungry for spirits love


To sing is to feel

Renewing ourselves

Giving birth to the printed page

To weigh and balance every word


Expose the 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.

© 2017 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 30, 2017:

Demas

Thank you for being here and for recognizing the teaching points in my poem. Enjoy the moment!

Hi Kenneth

Thank you for the lovely poetry. How beautiful. I couldn't ask for anything more. Hugs to you my friend.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on July 30, 2017:

Vocal Coach,

May I?

Just keep riding on a sturdy horse;

Living an understanding life;

Casting your stars within reach;

And dreaming of dreams to dream .

Hope you like this for it is Strictly for YOU!

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on July 30, 2017:

I liked the last verse best.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on July 30, 2017:

I found you here in the "Letter Pile" of Creative Writing. Good teaching points I am sure you share over and over with vocalists I hope they all get the message, and I know the best students do.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 25, 2017:

Marlene

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.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 25, 2017:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 26, 2017:

Sha,

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 09, 2017:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 04, 2017:

Peggy

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2017:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 01, 2017:

Mark

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

Manatita

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 30, 2017:

Devika

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.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 30, 2017:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 28, 2017:

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.

FlourishAnyway

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 28, 2017:

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.

Peggy

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 28, 2017:

Maria

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 28, 2017:

Linda Crampton

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

manatita44 from london on April 26, 2017:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 24, 2017:

Vladimir

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.

Audrey

John

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.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on April 24, 2017:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 21, 2017:

rdsparrowriter

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

Kenneth

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 21, 2017:

Patty

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

Dora

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 19, 2017:

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.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 19, 2017:

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

Audrey Howitt from California on April 18, 2017:

Loved this Audrey!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2017:

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.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 16, 2017:

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. :-)

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on April 15, 2017:

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

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

Patty Florence from Illinois on April 15, 2017:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 14, 2017:

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.

Nithya

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 14, 2017:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 14, 2017:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 13, 2017:

Louise

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

Shyron

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.

Nell Rose from England on April 13, 2017:

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

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 13, 2017:

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 life..now 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?

Val Karas from Canada on April 12, 2017:

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.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 12, 2017:

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!

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on April 12, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 12, 2017:

'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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 12, 2017:

Kenneth

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!

Chitrangada

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.

Suzie from Carson City on April 12, 2017:

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

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 12, 2017:

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

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 12, 2017:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2017:

I was watching a video of Ann Wilson of Heart performing in 2014....do 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.

love,

bill

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on April 12, 2017:

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

Blessings to you dear friend

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 12, 2017:

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2017:

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!

Victory Shine on April 12, 2017:

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

Victory Shine

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on April 11, 2017:

Vocalcoach,

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!