Isn’t that what all study ought to produce, freedom for ourselves? At first we’ll be free from vocal limitations; then we’ll realize we’re free of the desire to impress others – and perhaps ourselves – with our “talent,” our “artistry,” our “beautiful voice;” and in that freedom perhaps we’ll find the sheer joy of using the voice directly and effectively with no thought of what others think of us, bringing the full force and power of our understanding to our performance without concern for the manner in which it’s delivered, before we’re totally sincere in the truth: “I’m honest; I can’t do more.” It’s then that the Soul is free to speak. It’s then that they body/mind can give itself wholly to expressive vocalization.
When we reach that point, we don’t fear loss of technique or inability to communicate, because we can’t do more because there is no more to be done. We become paragons as performers not because we’re “better” than anyone else, but because we’re operating at our full potential, which is the most we can do.
Edward Foreman, The Transformative Voice, Pro Musica Press. 1998.
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I’d love to read more of his work, but it’s difficult to find anything in print! How did you get your hands on a copy, Justin?
I believe he ran his own printing company called Pro Musica Press, and published many many titles. I was directed to him by another of my blog readers, Roger Bryant. I’m going to see about getting him republished in ebook format if I can. We need more books like his!