Door Number 3

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Door Number 3

Tonight it’s the very squeaky upper end of my range that catches my attention the most. At the very top it sounds like air escaping from a squeezed balloon opening.

Meet the Judges

Posted by on Jan 30, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Meet the Judges

Today I look to see more about these judging thoughts. They keep coming, of course, so there’s ample opportunity to study them.

Flip It

Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Flip It

The room flips top to bottom in my vision, and I feel my singing flow to my head with the blood. My hard palate buzzes, a reed for the eee sound that for a while produces the most enjoyable resonance and provides the center axle of the emergent melody.

En-joying

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | 2 Comments
En-joying

I slow down even more to a simple beat, made with plosive lips and breath. It immediately sounds like my heart, so I pause to hold my wrist and pick up the actual tempo. From there I anchor in that pulse and play with rhythmic variations inside it.

Reduction

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Reduction

Sometimes the quickest access to the ocean of sound is by getting very simple. Doing this offers an accessible doorway for less experienced singers as well as a way for more experienced vocalists to drop their accomplished persona and discover something new.

Texting Up

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Texting Up

The one thing that surprises me is how much the content of the words sinks in as I’m singing them. I find myself thinking about how long the issue of health care has been prominent in our country’s history and how enmeshed it has been with politics.

Cold Start

Posted by on Jan 25, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Cold Start

Yawns want sound. Sounding the exhale of a yawn can be one of the most alive vocal experiences because the sound is so physically permeating. We can feel it broadly … chest, face, back, neck, skull, belly.

Slack Jaw

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Slack Jaw

I shake my head left and right to jostle my jaw, to access more of its sound-forming capacity, its chops, as it were.