Okay, brace yourself, here comes a bit of a revelation:
I love ABBA.
And the above title got me singing ‘Knowing Me,
Knowing You’. This song is about
relationships – more on that later – but it also makes me wonder… how much do we
really know ourselves?
Do we spend so much time musing about other people’s
lives and activities that we lose sight of who we really are, and about relating to others, that we end up feeling
more fragmented because we just do not meet other people’s ‘ideal’ standards?
I think sometimes we can spend far too much time
watching what other people are up to, especially online, and then in a subconscious
way we start comparing ourselves with them.
A subtle depression and inadequacy can take seed within us if we decide that
we don’t measure up to what that person is doing or what this person is saying
or achieving. In the meantime, if we do
not use that information to improve our
own lives, our time is just ticking away and all we have ever done is stare
at a screen to keep up with someone else.
Continue reading “Knowing Me…Watching You?…A-ha”
Firstly, please don’t be put off by the title of this book – Master Your Voice by Freya Casey.
if you do not sing or are not a musician, there is so much to learn from this
We all have a voice for speaking as well as singing, so loving it and taking care of it is important for everyone. Even if for some reason you ‘do not have a singing voice’ (which, by the way, I believe is not true – anyone can sing if they are prepared to take the time to work at it) you can still take away many things from this book.
Continue reading “Book review: ‘Master Your Voice’ by Freya Casey”
When you sing, do you think about why you are doing
it? It could be just because we love to
make a joyful noise, or that we want to improve our technique, we want to hit a
particular note as accurately as possible, or just because we are happy to be
alive. We don’t want to overthink our
singing, but we do want to ensure that we have a purpose.
More often than not singers don’t even think about
purpose, but are too busy judging their own sound rather than enjoying the
moment and the music. Many singers find
it difficult to get past the psychological battle going on in their heads – negative
self-talk is a hard wall to get over.
Understanding why we sing or finding a purpose to sing is impossible if
we keep telling ourselves that our voices are terrible, we keep comparing
ourselves to others, or we think that people are either born singers or
not. You may want to sing with a greater
purpose but find yourself stuck in this frame of mind.
Continue reading “Singers, you must have a purpose”