Blogtember day 3: Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.
Your voice is like your elbow. It’s always there.
Okay. That seems a little out there, but hear me out. I’ve referenced my late voice teacher many times on here. He’s someone I still think about on a daily basis, even five years after leukemia took him from this world. To know David was to have known an angel. Extremely kind. Insanely talented, but always humble. Similar to fake it til you make it, this phrase was another one of his pearls of wisdom.
Why elbow? Well, look down at your elbow. Isn’t it hard to see? You kinda have to twist your arm to look at your elbow–the outside of your elbow. Sometimes it seems like it’s not there depending on which angle you’re looking at it. But it is there.
Your voice is like your elbow can very well be Your [insert talent here] is like your elbow. It’s always there. Sometimes singers can be insecure, just like any other artist. Sometimes the voice “isn’t there.” Is it gone? Of course not. The singer may just be going through allergies, the common cold, or trying to sing too early in the morning. When you realize that your voice hasn’t gone anywhere and all you have to do is try to sing with a different approach, your voice miraculously returns.
Your voice is like your elbow is all about trusting in your capabilities even when you don’t have much self-confidence. It’s about trusting yourself to do what you’ve been working towards and not allowing your mind to get in the way. Self-doubt is a horrible monster that can break down any person, artistic or not. You start second-guessing facts and in a short time it’s hard to believe in yourself.
Your voice is like your elbow. It’s always there. Believe that you can do the task at hand. Trust yourself and your capabilities and you will achieve your goal. And if you’re a singer, that high note will soon glide through the air like a hot knife through butter.