It is a short week and a compressed writing schedule here on the blog so…
The blog hasn’t had a dedicated space for singing in a while and that changes today.
Today, I wanted to open up some space for discussing how we are weathering singing indoors, on video, and in some cases, asynchronously from our collaborators.
It is easy to approach the state of singing from a place of mourning. There is no safe way to sing together right now. We can mitigate the risks by trying small groups, outdoors, spaced 12+ feet apart, and masked, sure. But that doesn’t actually solve for what we are missing about singing.
We miss the direct connection with the expression of the sound as is it received by others. And we miss the community we gain by doing this work.
Some of us may be avoiding doing it at all because of living situations that make it hard to sing freely be it housemates or the housing itself. Others are posting video after video of themselves singing in captivity as it were. I am here to remind you that all of these responses are correct.
No one has the playbook for how this is supposed to go. But, in this blog, we try to go a little deeper so the offering is this.
Interrogate whether your response is giving you what you need. Are you posting song after song because you need to express something or to stay relevant? Are you failing to sing, when you need to, because you are sure your roommates will be judging you? Or any number of situations that I can’t fathom right now. Is that what you need? If not, change it. Take an incremental step.
In my case, it has been getting the software (and hardware) finally set up to make low latency connections possible. It means better collaboration as an artist and more synchronous connections while teaching. It also means fully accepting that this is the reality and it really isn’t that bleak.
This Friday at 12:30 pm EDT, Gina will be live on FB. These will be short voice alignment sessions aimed at voice skills building. Watch it on the GROW Voice FB page. I hope to see you there.
Gina Razón is the Founder and CEO at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service verbal communication studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over 18 years of experience as a teacher of voice and speech, is a communication and change facilitator, and a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.