When someone is singing purely with no vocal strain allowing the voice to just flow out without worrying about applause, with out striving for attention, without trying to sound like someone else, without trying to win a contest, etc… it has more power than the conscious mind can really perceive, just pure beautiful sound vibration touching others on a soul level, cutting through time and space.
This is beautifully shown in the wonderful epic film “Australia” directed and written by Baz Luhrmann.
Nullah is a mixed blood aboriginal boy taken in by Lady Sarah Ashley after his mother dies. In his culture, their is a belief that everything is connected by song, as explained by “King George” the Shaman of his tribe. as explained by one of the characters in the film when they have to take a three-day trek through the desert to find water.get seperated through circumstances far beyond their control, Nullah stays connected to her through song and navigates his way back home. And always on parting says “I Will Sing You to Me”.
I don’t want to create a spoiler here…but in the end you will see how powerful this is.
Growing up, the majority of us had our real selves silenced at an early age. This came originally from a parent, a school teacher and later, even groups of friends who, if you truly expressed how you felt, you ran the risk of being “cast out” for not being “cool” enough. There were a myriad of reasons for this and none of them really had anything to do with you. Many of us don’t even realize that we are still stuck there.
As we know, children take on the beliefs of those around us and silence ourselves in order to “fit in” and be “liked” and in extreme cases, to actually survive.
When you think about it, babies absolutely wail… unconditionally, without having a care of what others may think….until they are told not to. And as youngsters, we were often told “Children should be seen and not heard”…
We all have a beautiful unique voice inside of us that needs to, especially in this digital age – if for no other reason than to just be present and center ourselves…needs to come forth and be heard, especially with so much stimulation from the outside via the internet.
The late, great Rollo May, the American existential psychologist and author of “The Courage to Create” and “Love and Will”, said: If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.
What better way to do this than to tune in to your true self and just sing!. Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/rollo_may
Here’s a singing tip while performing to help you warm up your voice while you are actually on stage. This is especially helpful if you have no chance to warm up beforehand. This is a video demonstration using a piano/vocal cover of Landslide by Stevie Nicks.