January 08, 2014

Forward Motion

Happy New Year!  January is a time for making promises to ourselves for the year ahead and this year is no different.  Gym owners LOVE January.

For me it is less about "New Year's Resolutions" but has more to do with the rhythm of the seasons.  We had a rather intense and crazy autumn, and now that the holidays are behind us I can look ahead to find a balance.  Like many, I hope to move my body more in the coming months than I have in the last few.

I have been doing some reading on the connection between core strength and singing.  I hesitate to share links yet because I'm not sure of the reliability of what I read, but there is an approach to singing forming that treats vocal training as a whole body activity.  This isn't new of itself, but there are new steps in research and development that are interesting.

What it breaks down to is this:  our bodies were meant to move.  If your work has you sitting at a desk all day, please make sure you find time to walk, dance, run, play squash or find an excuse to use the stairs in your office during the day!  This is not only good for your physical health, but for your vocal health as well.  Your body is your instrument and the better you keep it in shape, the better you will sound.  I guarantee it.

Last night was my choir's first rehearsal of 2014.  We had a great turnout, and a fun read-through of our music.  What I sense growing in my choir is a beautiful sense of community born from music making together.  Perhaps you are a person who needs accountability when it comes to working out.  Perhaps there is someone in the choir who is the same.  Let's make connections!  Community choir and vocal improvisation are about connecting people through voices.  Here is to fostering the health of bodies and community in 2014!


From valerie kennedy on June 09, 2014 10:55 AM

I am very interested in your exploration of the connection of core strength and breathing/singing. I am a movement counsellor who works with imagery and breathing in my work with self and others. Much of what I do, at this point, feels intuitive. I would appreciate touching base with some of the theory in the field.
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