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Living By Heart: Reclaiming the Oral Tradition

I lead a monthly community sing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Newcomers to the circle are often looking around for the lyric sheets or songbooks. There aren’t any. I teach singing in the oral tradition, one line at a time, without paper … Continue reading

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Five Simple Practices to Improve Your Voice Right Now

Many of my voice clients enter coaching with me with some big goals in mind: “I want to more fully express who I am in the world – starting with my voice.” “Please help me get over this life-long stage … Continue reading

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Mr. Brown

I’ve been clearing out. The recycling bin has been filled three times with detritus from my past. I’ve saved very little, but there is one piece of paper that is so precious, I had to tuck it back into the … Continue reading

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About Singing

“I’m the world’s worst singer.  Can’t carry a tune in a bucket!” “I used to sing. Then I stopped.  Went to school, got a job, had a family, got busy.  I sure miss it.” “The only reason I go to … Continue reading

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No one else can sing your song

Voices are so personal. They mirror our story – our gifts, doubts, history, mood, identity, and secret dreams. Every time we speak, we are revealing something about ourselves – the things we’re proud of and perhaps the things we most … Continue reading

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Patterns, Sound, and Surprises: Client Interview #1

This is the first of a series of blog posts based on interviews with voice coaching clients.  I am consistently astonished at how working with opening a person’s full voice affects other aspects of their lives.  Their stories touch me … Continue reading

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40,000 Singing Norwegians

Thursday 40,000 (that’s right, 40,000) Norwegians showed up to sing in the square near the courtroom where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial for murdering 77 people last year. Breivik cited the song, a Norwegian version of a song by … Continue reading

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