I Julie's Jazz Journal
Julie's Jazz Journal
- Each singer, I believe, has access to a creative, mental landscape
where they can go for inspiration, illumination and problem solving.
It is a very encouraging thing to know that this abstract place,
which I sometimes picture as an intricate, flourishing garden, is
always there in the singer's imagination. It is a haven where ideas
can freely take shape and mingle with other musical bits and pieces
that contribute to the singer is intuition and skill.
- Singers, I'm convinced, love language. And through their fascination
with poetic text of all sorts and their inherent rhythms, find themselves
involved in one of the oldest marriages known to man: the union
of words and melody. Involving students with lyrics found in standard
tunes can be challenging because the language often lies just beyond
the gates of daily usage. One way to gain access to lyric can be
through the portal of poetry.
On Building Confidence
- I think it can be helpful if singers sometimes see themselves
as members of an old, flourishing tribe. We are not alone when we
sing. In many instances, we're singing similar songs and telling
stories as those who have gone before us. I believe we inherit a
legacy of energy and skill from all those singers which we can embrace
and develop further.
Anxiety - Anxiety about singing is a positive thing.
There are a limited number of singers that suffer from chronic,
debilitating fear, but for most of us, fear is a friend and ally.
Fear starts in the belly and ignites to burn and provide energy
so that we can transform into the larger person we must become when
we perform. Fear can lift performance into the transcendental, taking
something already wonderful and making it something unforgettable.
Finding ways to tolerate and accommodate fear is a worthwhile task!