Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Sing15: Will's Year | One Comment

Austin — I’m noticing this week the workaholic tendencies of the jaw. It takes on the jobs of asserting identity, of staying cheerful, molding the right smile at the right time, of persevering, to name a few.

These are lofty aspirations for a few muscles living high above the base of the body.

If the general guidance to let go has any appeal, then one of the highest-leverage places to do so seems to be the jaw.

©2011 Will Hewett

As I’m singing in the park today, I keep my focus on my jaw, watching it attempt to keep things together. When I can see this, I try to release it. This is iterative. Two degrees of release, one degree back. After a few minutes, the rest of the body shows up, as if the jaw has been at the front of the work crew, eagerly claiming it can do the job of the whole system.

In the moments when the jaw is off-duty, there’s a sense of greater integrity and freedom in singing.

There is a lot of unlearning to do through this repeated observation and release.

Unhinged sounds like this

1 Comment

  1. Shay Nichols
    June 30, 2011

    Hey Will,
    Love the cooking one! Elana just forwarded this to me. So good to hear you:) It made me laugh in a really heartfelt belly kind of way…like one of the giggle sessions we had at Omega.
    I just recorded last month will be editing in July…working on a website at the moment. I’m going to put up 1 minute nature/music soundtracks twice a month. Wondering if you’ve ever come across a program that converts wav files to mp3s without distortion?


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