Singing Lessons: Want to Sing With More Freedom? Be a “Bird Brain”
I am suffering from Spring Fever and just had to take the blog outside. 🙂
(Next week, we will be back in the studio continuing our warm-up series… but today we are playing hooky! )
The blue sky, lots of sunshine, and 70 degree temps have arrived… I won’t talk about the snow predicted for Sunday… rather about how much I love the little cottontail bunnies scampering about and the blooming wild flowers. Watching the world wake-up in this way is truly magical. And me, with my new fitbit, averaging an awesome 6 miles a day – I am enjoying this new season immensely.
Sounds of Spring
Yesterday, Steve and I found a new trail, and while he jogged ahead of me, I took in the sights and sounds of Spring.
There was a particular birdcall that caught my attention. While I couldn’t see the little lady, I could hear her. She sporadically sang a five-note pattern that bounced in open intervals. It was delightful. I played the mocking-bird and tried to sing her melody.
My mind then wandered to other birdcalls that I could recognize… the Turtle Dove, Blue Jay, and the vast repertoire of the Raven’s voice that I heard daily while living in Alaska.
“Sing Like a Bird!” or “You Bird Brain!”
Then I heard my mom’s voice. Often before I would leave to perform,
Mom would say …“Sing like a bird!”
Which Wikipedia confirms… means to sing with a beautiful voice.
But the message that came to me so clearly as the gravel crunched beneath my shoes was that to sing like a bird, you must have a bird brain!
“I sing because I’m happy. I sing because free.” – His Eye Is On The Sparrow
Your Divine Genetics – Your Melodic Destiny
This sweet little bird on my walking trail did not teeter on his thin branch thinking about how his voice would be criticized, judged, or analyzed.
He didn’t get nervous or tense hoping he would please those that heard him.
He didn’t wonder if his voice would be beautiful.
He had the instinct to sing and he did.
Some might say, “Well, that’s a bird brain idea! and I say, “Precisely!”
That is exactly why the bird’s song is so alluring, haunting, and revered.
A bird’s voice is conjured from pure instinct… divine genetics… a melodic destiny…
…and so is yours.
Your voice, completely unique to you; you are a song bird like no other.
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.
You were only waiting for this moment to be free”
– Blackbird, The Beatles
A Lesson From Your Fine-Feathered Friends
And if you feel called to share your song, then take a few pointers from your feathered friends.
Let’s ditch the worry and fear.
Forget about the critics and the judgers.
Who cares who is listening, watching, or critiquing?
Your voice has a purpose – a destiny to fulfill!
“A bird does not sing because it has the answer, it sings because it has a song” – Lou Holtz
Your Sound is Primal
Part of my teaching is helping my students understand how to get out of their own way, to let go, open up, and surrender. I believe our body knows how to sing, but our brain has picked up some interesting habits and curious role models over the years that sometimes get in the way of making our core sound.
Making sound is primal and using the body and the voice together is primitive, instinctive, and natural.
Observe Your Inner Bird
As you prepare a new song, warm-up, step on stage, or even hum along with your itunes radio… observe your inner bird.
Are you staying connected to your core?
Are you thinking less and feeling more?
Are you caught up in fear or trusting in your calling?
Are you choked up by judgment or are you letting go of the opinion of others?
Are you singing your song?
Are you letting your “bird brain” work its magic?
With great love, I ask you to bypass your ego, just for a little bit, and play with letting your instincts take over…
take flight and sing the melody of your destiny.
“Sing like a bird!”
“I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till I’m free”
Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller
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