Wednesday, March 2, 2011

No. 130: What are we looking for?

What is a singer looking for?  We are taught "If you are a singer, you must sing!"  What does this mean?

It is tempting to follow other's examples, to try to define the path that a singer must take in order to be heard, to be free, to be able to express the deepest part of who we are.  However the path to each person's deepest Self is as unique as the individual, and anything but the true discovery of Who We Are will show up as an anomily or impurity of the voice. The best singers have found a way to maintain a balance, a relationship with Life and Love and Music to such an extent that they are a match to It, a flowing elemental part of It, most of the time.  This is indeed the goal of the true Classical School of Singing.  It is a path to the Truth of a voice.

There is a school of thought which says singing is not about Love but about Ego.   In response to that I say that it is possible for a singer to Be Love, in the sense that s/he sings the music divinely and in truth, and yet not know it.   At the same time, if we have the opportunity to express divinity in the form of music which mirrors the beauty of life, why argue our worthiness or question our calling, conscious or not?  We must follow the paths to our voices through the music which is an expression of That Which Knows and Loves All, and all will be well.  Whether it's our calling to know what we are and what we are doing is up to God and the Universe.

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