The Singer's Biggest Responsibility
Make The Song Yours
“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:
- Use dynamics (loud/soft.) Dynamics are one of the most important parts of singing music because you can express so much emotion with them.
- Place emphases on different words.
- Linger over a long note.
- Use grunts, whispers and other emotive sounds but do so sparingly to avoid vocal damage.
- Use falsetto for a special affect.
- 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
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.
© 2017 Audrey Hunt