Janet Miles, CAP-OM (janetmiles) wrote,
Janet Miles, CAP-OM

A voice lesson breakthrough

So I've been working on a folk song, "While the Foaming Billows Roll," and it kept coming out thin and breathy. Then we had this conversation (slightly condensed):

R: What kind of character would be singing this song?

Me: Well, it's about chivvying the lads onto the boat, so probably a senior enlisted man or a very junior officer.

R: I wasn't even thinking it had to be a man, but maybe a woman who's associated with the shipping, who everyone respects and trusts. Not that any British whaler would dream of being subservient to a woman, but she just inherently carries their respect.

Me: Oh, like the ship's equivalent of the rabbi's wife.

R: Exactly.

Me, still pondering: Or, come to think of it, like the ship's equivalent of the department secretary.

R: Could be.

*Me, singing much more strongly*

R: That was great! What were you thinking, what was different?

Me: I was less worried about, "I'm trying to sing this song," and more thinking, "Just go here and do this because it will work better if you do it my way."

R: You should sing like that ALL THE TIME.

Me: Can we do it again? And I will sing it like the secretary that I am! *grin*

R: This is what teachers live for. *grin*

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