Sunday, October 5, 2014

No. 343: On Purgatory: When "v"oice Meets "V"oice

When the "V"oice
which speaks of Light
and of Infinite Possibility

more loudly
than than the "v"oice
which opposes It

(which to the Diva/o Warrior means Life)

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Friday, July 18, 2014

No. 334: It is not enough.

It is not enough
to SAY
"Singing is good for us"

Like we say
"Peace is good for us"

Without the possibility
of a WAY
to Voice...
to Peace.

Opera Organically is a Way to Voice
(and, in a Way, for a Singer, to Peace)

But, like Peace, we gotta choose Voice--
and know

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love,
THIS is Opera Organically.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No. 333: Awe and Wonder

If your singing voice
does not inspire
Awe and Wonder within You
You probably haven't found It yet.

Keep searching:
I believe in You.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Friday, July 11, 2014

No. 332: How to Start a Conversation With Voice

Voice is like a sweet puppy 
waiting in a corner
for us to wake up.

Most of us don't even see her:
We 'know s/he doesn't exist.'

Some of us see him, but
We've 'heard s/he's bad.'

Still others of us see a monster instead:
'Sing?! I'd rather be dead.'

But if we'd just wait...
and enjoy the Wonder
of being chosen by such a Sweet Beast

We'd want to do anything possible 
to understand It.

We'd Love It,
Come to know It...

That's when the real Magic begins.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No.331: Voice has a Quiet Dignity

Voice has a Quiet Dignity
an All-Being-ness
an All-Seeing-ness.

It's startling in It's Grounded-ness,
in It's Inherent Electric Power.


to Be in It's Presence:
the Epic Story of Humanity
Is the Quest to Be One with It.

And when S/he chuckles with gentle mirth
at our search for Her 
as S/he dances All Around
and In Us
We hear His sweet laughter 
weaving amongst the heArtbeats 
and breaths 
of Our Life's Flowing Blood.

And if We Are Lucky
before we die
We can Live Knowing
We Are S/he...
S/he Is It...

Smiling in the Dignity of Life 

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

No. 330: Are we thinking like Voice...?

I am watching the German film Hannah Arendt:
the story of the famous philosopher
and her coverage of the Adolf Eichmann trial in Jerusalem.
At a turning point in the story Hannah writes:

"Das Böse wird gemeinhin als etwas Dämonisches betrachtet,
Eichmann aber kann man beim besten Willen
keine teuflisch-dämonische Tiefe abgewinnen,
er war nur unfähig zu denken."

"Evil is commonly regarded as something demonic, 
but in the case of Eichmann
one could find no such trace of satanic 'greatness',
he was only incapable of thinking."
(my emphasis)

Another title for this post could be:

Awareness of the Great Voice Holocaust.

For with the deepest respect
for my friends, for myself, and for all of humanity
with our ties to all holocausts past and present
which steal Our Earthly Bodies

there is another
certainly related
yet far more deeply hidden
international concentration camp of the soul
which steals Voices.

It is disingenuous, surreptitious.
It creeps up on us in the dark:
It whispers "Go into hiding..."
it yells "SHUT UP"
says "don't even start..."

It draws us into an alternate reality
of definitions
pointing fingers
and stares

An unchallenged reality which sneaks into collective thought
telling us some are worth more than others
and mine...?
It must not
be worthy of Life, be worthy of BE-ing.

where Voices are silenced in the soul
so also They Are 
in the body.


And so, even in the Land of the Free
I stand, a Mother Bear, on the top of the nearest mountain and scream

Every Moment let me BE like Voice!
Let me think like Voice!
Let me LOVE like Voice!

EVEN, and ESPECIALLY, for those who have been silenced.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

No. 329: "Don't hurt yourself..."

Keep searching.
Keep searching.

Keep digging beyond the "fears"
with which our culture frames your singing.

The singing that is One
with YOU
is beyond pain
beyond hurt
beyond fear.

Don't stop singing 'til you find this Place

then keep singing 'til the Whole World 
knows IT.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

No. 328: How to snuggle with Voice

In our black and white world
it's sometimes seems hard
to get close to Voice.

But if we're brave enough
simple enough
brazen and honest enough
We can find OurSelves
in the Embrace of an Absolute
That IS Who We Are:

Bliss, Peace, Joy, Eagerness,
Glowing Quietude, All-Encompassing, Ever-Present LIFE:
This Experience Is Voice.

Snuggle in there
and know
can tell You 
You have no Voice

Because YOU. ARE. IT.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

No. 327: Quote of the Day: "You would be amazed..."

"You would be amazed who people are once you know yourself."

~Byron Katie

Translated to Opera Organically Talk:

"You would be amazed at other people's Voices once you know your Voice."

In community, finding Voice is about us--and it's about everyone else.
This is the magic that changes the world, one Voice at a time.

THIS is Life. THIS is Love. THIS is Opera Organically.
Come join us!  In person or online.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

No. 324: Quote of the Day

"Labels lead to self-fulfilling prophecies."
~Marshall Rosenberg

Every. One. of Us 
has the power to define
or no Voice.

to KILL Voice

When We Truly See Our Power
to exact the Life or Death of Voice
the sweetest grief will emerge from the depths of Soul--

And THERE We Meet
Which Is All We ARE.

Let's go there.  Let's Be there.  Heal Y/OUR Voice.  Let's change the World.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

No. 323: Not One Left Alone.

Not One Seeker
Will Be Left 
in Hopeless

In the Search for Voice
We Are All.One.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

No. 322: The Awesomeness of YOU.

Don't stop
The Search
until you know
The Awesomeness of You

and then

mine YourSelf
like a crazed Being
for Gold and Diamonds
of the most Magic
Compressed Love.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

No. 321: Do.Be.Sing.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

No. 319: to What Are We Do/Be/ing?

When we experience solo singing
as a response to a collective event
("V"oice singing through US)
suddenly It All becomes impersonal.

The solo singer, aware of this Largest, Collective "V"oice
And the perhaps more rare listener who also knows It

that What We Are Being
What We Are Doing
has everything--and nothing--to do
with our unique individual bodies
at once.

This is the Wonderful Mystery Which Keeps Singing Alive,
Keeps Us Thirsting for Truth,

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

©Opera Organically 5/21/14

Monday, May 19, 2014

No. 318: Quote of the Day

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe,
to match your nature with Nature."
~Joseph Campbell

Substitute "voice" and "Voice" and we have Opera Organically.

THIS is Life.  THIS is LOVE.  THIS is Monday Morning :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

No. 318: Voice Conservancy, the Beginnings of a Dialogue

What is Voice Conservancy?

Voice Conservancy is a perspective of Voice which,
going beyond, yet including tactile experience,
acknowledges the communal act of singing--
even and especially while singing 'solo'.

Voice Conservancy acknowledges
that the individual Human Voice Experience
is not complete until Every Human Voice,
past, present, future--in the NOW--, is honored and heard.

This is the beginning.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

No. 317: Introducing the Voice Conservation Institute™

While reading The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
I realized that Opera Organically 
has always been the vision
of a "Nature Conservancy" for Voice.

I cannot shake the idea that Voice is an Entity:
a Beautiful Creature, a Life Force
that exists only to be expressed
through those who are ready and willing
to allow It to BE: 
complete, whole, wild, strong, true, free, and aware.

I also cannot shake my deep conviction
that, in the right environment
with the right tools and time,
ANY Voice can be allowed to thrive.

 Like the Conservancy Lawrence Anthony created in South Africa,
the Voice Conservation Institute™ holds 
an infinitely strong boundary of Absolute Love, safety, and integrity:
We honor ALL Voices, like all elephants and wild creatures, as integral
to Life Itself. 

The VCI™ is intended to be a community, 
a conservancy, a place of rest and renewal,
a space where we watch, observe, and honor Voice
as It Is Already.

From the Heart School of Singing™ is VCI™ "Junior":

Together, we create a wonderful world for Human and Voice!

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

No. 313: True Voice is Expansive.

True Voice is Expansive.

It is not cramped, tense, scared, or shy.

It IS brave, vulnerable, sensitive, 
aware, flowing, clear,
pulsing, ALIVE.

(*Add yOur Own words here
to describe Bliss*)

And, carry on yOur Search for Voice
settling for nothing less
than THIS.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love. THIS is Opera Organically.

Monday, April 28, 2014

No. 310: The Resonance of All We Are

When we listen to singing
with All Our HeArt
there is no "good"--
there is no "bad."

There is only singing which resonates
All We Are
and singing 
which resonates
of All We Are.

Who or What defines the difference?

***pssst--a secret***

To sing with the resonance of All We Are feels like Heaven.

This is how we know.
(The trick is not stopping the search 'til We experience It.)

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

No. 309: Voice is not Voice

An adaptation of Shakespeare's Sonnet 116...
The deepest bow to the Great Bard:

Voice is not voice 
Which alters when it alteration finds, 
Or bends with the remover to remove. 
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wand'ring bark, 
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 

THIS is Life. THIS is Love. THIS is Opera Organically. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

No. 308: Do not accept...

Do not accept 
anything less
than a total

Unless, of course, You Know You Are One with Music already--
carry on...carry on!

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

307: Let IT!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

No. 306: Voice is far too exquisite

Voice is far too exquisite
to belong to one person, or a select few.

Voice Is Who We All Are.

This realization is like resurrection:
a deep reality
so blinding in It's Truth
we are almost afraid to believe It.

But when we do...oh, when we do...

Life opens up:

and Hu/wo/mankind

becomes an Easter Lilly Blooming.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Friday, April 18, 2014

No. 305: Love is a KittyCat.

Love Is: 

Waking up in the corner of the bed because a KittyCat took the middle. 

What if we could learn to look at Voice like a KittyCat?  
Could we learn to honor It?  Give It what It needs...?  
...Even go so far as to listen to what it WANTS...?

As I write this, said KittyCat seems to approve.

Indeed: Let It. Be. So.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

No. 304: Despair Is Easy.

To despair you have no voice
is very easy.

To Be In Joy
that You ARE Voice
can be a little harder.

But just sink into It...
Try It on for size... ...

It's fun.


THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

No. 301: Voice Is...

When We follow Voice
Long enough
Deeply enough
Broadly enough
Completely enough

We See It
A Destination
A Journey.

It's never taken alone
It's never exclusive

It's Mysterious
and yet
All at Once.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Monday, April 7, 2014

No. 300: Can you wake up...?

Can you wake up
to sing?

When We Know
We Are Singers

We See
that singing can be like breathing...

And wanting to do it
a gentle,
simple, yet dramatic choice
to open Our senses:

Does the HeArt keep beating?
Do the Lungs keep breathing?
Do our Bodies keep singing?

Consider Who or What Is behind
What Keeps US Alive,
What Keeps US in Love,

and We will know
what it means

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

No. 298: It's an ANIMAL...!

You are in relationship with your voice.
Right NOW.

What is the quality of that relationship?

For instance:
Do you let your voice love you?
Do you let yourself love your voice?

Do you think this all is crazy?

Then you have not yet experienced a relationship with Voice:

It is sweet, like a kitty cat in your lap.
It is tempestuous, like an opinionated steed.
It is as free and as powerful as any roaming wild animal.

It is asking for your respect--for your attention,

for your PRESENCE.

When will you begin

to listen, to see, to BE what It needs YOU to be...?

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

No. 297: Guest of Honor

Is Voice a Guest of Honor in your life?

If we could grasp
each Moment
of what Voice IS,

We would fling wide every door,
pull out all the stops,
and throw the biggest Par-TAY
in honor
of this Beautiful Guest

(which in fact *shhhhh* is the Beauty of Who We Are--
but don't tell--
or the Par-TAY won't be a surprise!)

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

No. 296: "Namaste"

In the Opera Organically Community

We've begun to say "Namaste," (a form of greeting in parts of South Asia) to one another,

Meaning "The Light within me bows to the Light within You."

For Us, the meaning is even expanded:

"The Voice within ME bows to the Voice within YOU."

When we see solo singing as a unifying act,

rather than a skill which constantly separates us,

everyone is strengthened and encouraged.

Voice in ALL of us is honored,

and EVERYONE thrives.

Isn't this what we all want, deep down?

NAMASTE Friends, Singers, and Voice-FULL Ones!

Organically Yours,


Sunday, March 2, 2014

No. 295: Getting to know YOU.

When was the last time you spent time with Voice?

Without judging

Without wanting

Without even delighting or despairing...

When have you just watched and listened and...noticed...

that IT




THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

No. 294: Question Those Thoughts.

Question ALL your thoughts on Voice.

Question every thought you've heard on Voice.

Until You reach the place and space 
of Absolute Vocal Freedom...

Question the Thoughts.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Monday, February 17, 2014

No. 293: Until We Know

Until We Know
We Are All Singing 
One Voice
singing will be painful and frightening.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

No. 292: Listen Carefully.

Listen Carefully.
Voice is All-Ways T/Here.
It'll tell You
What It Needs.
Allow this Connection to the Depths
of Who We Are
And We'll Know
We Must Have Ears
as Large
as Our HeArts.

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

No. 291: Any Resistance

Any resistance to Voice
is resistance to Life...
resistance to Love...
resistance to Being Real.


THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Friday, February 7, 2014

No. 289: Be Superbly Aware.

There is A Voice
Which whispers
(And sometimes screams)
"Let Me Be Me."

As Singers
This Voice
Is Our Greatest Friend.

Follow Only the Path--
Only in the Space
Where a Golden Thread Leads
To and From Who We Are.

Have you tried to dance on this Thread? It is the Ultimate Adventure.

This does not mean
Staying completely comfortable--
At times allowing Voice to flow feels like surgery,
re-birth, absolute aloneness
or ultimate anxiety.

Be afraid (for FEAR is sometimes Voice's only way to reach Us where we're at)
But know

Is not All Voice--(Listen Deeply and This Will Be Clear).

It DOES mean redefining
Stretching and expanding
Our ideas of What it Means
To Be
and To Become
Singers...Human Beings...Light...Love...Awareness...

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Dedicated, as always, to Opera Organically Singers, 
Who, in their bravery 
and Being-ness 
stun me often into tears. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

No. 288: Love Letter to Reality

"Reality has a way with it--as opposed to imagination." Byron Katie

In all our striving, in all our climbing and becoming,

The. Magic. Is. NOW.

Music is now.
Love is now.
Connection and Community are now.

Voice is now.
Showing up to IT is now.
LIFE is now.

It's all available NOW...


THIS is Life.
THIS is Love.
THIS is Opera Organically.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

No. 284: Be a Voice R/Evolutionary.

Do you sing to be better than someone else?
Is your impulse only to be "the best" of all those around you?
Or can you see the Path to Voice as something much deeper,
Something much more meaningful than competition or comparison?

Opera Organically acknowledges
That learning to sing
Is learning to BE
All We Already Are.

Realizing this, we create a R/Evolution
That resonates 
The most exciting and affirming aspects

THIS is Life.  THIS is Love.  THIS is Opera Organically.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

No. 282: An Invitation

Dear Opera Organicallies (yes, that's YOU!)

In honor of this MLK weekend, I propose the following:

The Number One Foundation in O.O. is that when ONE Voice is strengthened, All Our Voices are strengthened. 

Singing organically is not just about a pretty sound; it's a way of life. We are living to strengthen hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits. 

Therefore I invite us to use this O.O. Page to celebrate OUR Steps of Strength.

What I do is made easier by what you do...and vice versa. WE define what's possible, together!

Every step you take, like: TODAY I RAN 2 MILES AND JUMPED ROPE FOR 20 mins (yes!) or it HERE.   
You will be celebrated and help someone else open their own doors to becoming all they are.

REMEMBER: Voice work-outs at my studio Monday-Friday 6:45-7:15. Come in person or virtually!

Organically Yours,


Happy Weekend!