As I write this post, the weight of the title bears down upon me. Life has been quite busy lately, and it has been tough to keep up with all its demands. I have a great passion for singing, and it is my desire to do it to the best of my ability. But sometimes life gets a little bit tough and it wears me down. Have you ever been there before?
I’ve entitled this post “Singing On Empty” because it hits home in so many different ways. Physically I have been drained. Emotionally I have been drained. Mentally I have been drained. And yet somehow I must find ways to sing. I’m discovering new things about how singing works during this process of being stretched thin.
One of the biggest discoveries I have made during this rough spell is that my voice is the most pliable it has been in months. By pliable I mean flexible, agile, able, and capable. I am somewhat shocked by this because it would seem that all the stress of everyday life would kill my voice and tone. However, it seems that I have been drained enough to completely release my voice of tension and strain and the results have been absolutely incredible. My voice has gained a buttery smooth texture. My mix is quite smooth and connected. My control is solid. It’s like I’ve found a new voice inside of me.
So what does this have to do with you? I wanted to share this with you because I understand that singing is not the only thing that you do. You also have jobs, families, other important commitments, etc. and you simply cannot cram everything into one 24 hour day. However, I can’t help but notice all the new areas of my voice that have been opened up during this time of stress. So here is my encouragement to you: don’t worry so much about if your voice sounds good when life is giving you all that it has. Just simply sing..that’s right, just sing – and take the time to reflect on what you felt when you were singing during those times. I think you will be surprised with the new things that you discover about your voice.
I’d like to hear about some of your own experiences with “singing on empty”. Feel free to share them here.
As always, sing on my friends!
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