August 25, 2018

The word I use most when coaching singers is “relax” and then another great word: “trust.” When you trust that your voice will work for you — that the notes you want to sing are already there, that you and your expression of self are of value — then you can relax and focus on the activity of singing. In this case “relax” doesn’t mean put your feet up and read a book while sipping hot cocoa. Although similar in feeling good-ness, when I instruct “relax” I mean don’t do...

December 20, 2016

When I think of Frank Baker, I think: guru.
Frank was not just a vocal guru, but he was a human being of the grandest stature. I knew every day I spent with Frank how lucky I was to experience someone of light and love who gave of his entire being in the minutes you spent with him. I saw the pure visceral joy in his body if you were flying in song. He was soaring with you. I saw him mad as hell if your wings were wet, and you didn’t have the courage to try.
I heard about him from a...

November 6, 2016

One of the things I love about singing is its meditative quality. It takes a deep inner focus to travel along the moving soundscape of a song. It is a landscape that changes with each passing. While walking along the same steppingstones (words and melody), the things you notice and the places you go will be different every time.

Singing is an opportunity to wake up and view your inner details with a powerful microscope. The song becomes a vehicle for traveling the inner spaces of yo...

November 3, 2016

When I'm being present with another person in conversation, I choose an open and steady physical posture, listen attentively without an agenda or judgment, and make sure the words I say are true and kind. With increasing awareness, I am learning to complete the communication by paying attention to the sound of my spoken voice too — tone, resonance, volume, and melodic inflection — and what that sound conveys. As it turns out, it doesn’t take a lot of effort, just a moment of rememb...

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