It’s easy to get stuck in your own mind when you are practicing to be a better/stronger singer. We spend countless hours in lessons, coachings and practicing that it’s a little difficult to get out of our own way. True confession? I’ve been stuck in my mind for weeks now. It’s driving me a bit nuts. It’s so easy to second-guess ourselves and our path. I thought it’d be a nice change of pace to step back for todays Vocal Wednesday and share the words of those who have been there, who have struggled, who have created great moments, strived to be present and true to the music and text. Sometimes finding your way is more simple than we are making it. Don’t be like me and overthink it! 🙂
I hope you find inspiration in these quotes on this beautiful Wednesday.
1. If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them. – Pavarotti
2. As an art form, opera is a rare and remarkable creation. For me, it expresses aspects of the human drama that cannot be expressed in any other way, or certainly not as beautifully. -Pavarotti
3. One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. – Bob Marley
4. Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. -Plato
5. The only thing better than singing is more singing. -Ella Fitzgerald
6. If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it. -Louis Armstrong
7. He also gave me some advice that I follow to this day: “Sing in the mirror. If it looks funny, it’s wrong.”
― Renée Fleming, from
8. Among the important realizations I had in my own days in the practice room was that if any one route to any one phrase didn’t work after days of trying, then the exact opposite route should at least be explored, as well as every alternative in between, as counterintuitive as that often seemed. -Renee Fleming
9. You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there. -Maria Callas
10. Training the voice and keeping it healthy is much like training for the Olympics. One must train constantly, and not just last minute. I think at one time or another we have taken a short cut and “crammed” vocalizing in when you haven’t been on top of doing so. You realize quickly how the muscles are smarter than you, and are not so willing to perform on command. So ongoing vocal work is so much more fulfilling when the part for which you are perfect finally comes around and you are prepared.
– Booking It! Broadway, Film and Recording Industry Go-To Vocal Coach Liz Caplan
11. I will sing and make music to the Lord. -Psalm 27:6b
12. I do believe that we have a right to expect and demand of ourselves not flawless performance but humanly great performance. Music has to issue in sound; and the sound has no meaning unless it is the voice of the spirit. The only crescendo of importance is the crescendo of the human heart. – Robert Shaw
13. Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to theLord, all the earth.-Psalm 96:1
14. To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. -Robert Schumann
15. I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.-Psalm 104:33
I’m going to go find a sticky note and put one of these babies by the piano. What quote spoke to you today? Share in the comments!