After living with a bit of a stomach bug for the last week, I’ve decided to take a week off from my Tuneful Tuesday and share with you this blast from the past. 2003 was my senior year at Atascadero High School and I was blessed with the opportunity to write the script for this Christmas show and to star in it as “Jingles The Elf.” This was the year that I learned to love music. This was the year that music became my life.
I was riding high as the Choir President and Assistant to the Director and every moment I spent in the choir room was bliss. Inside those rundown walls, I learned to sing with joy. I found ease and peace through my voice…. something that my years as an undergraduate and graduate voice major beat out of me in the quest for “technique.” It has taken me years to undo the perfectionism, tension, and stress that those 6 years of schooling (and my competitive nature) inflicted on my voice.
Seeing this performance reminds me of the pure joy that is possible when you just enjoy singing for singing’s sake. I wasn’t trying to win any medals. I wasn’t trying to audition for a show. I wasn’t trying to prove myself in any way. I was just loving to sing. Yes, having an understanding of my vocal mechanism and a strong and well-educated technique is all well and good; but sometimes you just need to let that all go and have fun with your voice. I hope that next week I’ll be able to channel that joy into my next Tuneful Tuesday.
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