Pride, Fear, and Ambition in Singing

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.  Proverbs 16:18 In singing, I often remind myself and my singers that emotionally and vocally "pride can really get you hurt, but humility will get you well."  By teaching and training a voice in a functional way, any aesthetic concept that I have of [...]

An Open Thank You to All of You

Dear Vocal Community: My recent blog post on "Ego and the Vocal Mask" really touched a nerve for many of you: singers, teachers, coaches, and others. I have received Facebook messages, tweets, instant messages, and phone calls from all over the world in the past 24 hours expressing gratitude for it. The post went viral really [...]

Ego and the ‘Vocal Mask’

For those readers familiar with the writings of Eckhart Tolle, this post will come as no great discovery; or maybe it may! Eckhart Tolle is a teacher and author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. In his book A New Earth, he describes one of the major dysfunctions of the human experience as the "ego" [...]