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The Singer's Biggest Responsibility

Audrey Hunt, author of "Anyone Can Sing," explains how we make sounds. Develop a better singing/speaking 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