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Oct
11

Three Decades of Vocal Awareness

Earlier today I received this photo from a dear student, Shira Lazar. Represented in this photo are three decades of Vocal Awareness. Shira began working with me six or seven years ago. She is a stunning embodiment of what it takes to be in Vocal Awareness. I began working with Arnold in 1982. To see […]

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Mar
27

VA at the NFL Owners meeting

President Clinton did the opening address at the NFL Owners meeting last night at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach Florida. We had the privilege of attending this event and of meeting him in the Oval Office during his first administration. Sunday was a very meaningful evening in part because President Clinton is an extraordinary […]

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Feb
23

Sing Your Joy

I was working out in my hotel gym in Farmington CT yesterday morning while CNN was on. They showed a clip from the President’s White House “Red, White and Blues Concert” this week that will air next Monday on PBS. The President sang a brief duet, “Sweet Home Chicago” with B. B. King. Once again […]

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Feb
16

The Grammy’s and Artistic Transcendence

What does it truly take to be a transcendent singer/artist for the ages? In pop, jazz – Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billy Holiday, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra; classical – Jussi Bjoerling, Joan Sutherland; in blues, folk – “Leadbelly,” Pete Seeger; in country Hank Williams, Patsy Cline – clearly I’m not even scratching the surface… But […]

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Feb
09

Vocal Awareness is a Game Changer.

During the Super Bowl pre-game show the singers, husband/wife team Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton singing “America the Beautiful” and Kelley Clarkson singing “the National Anthem” all clearly felt the truth of what they were singing and did a good job conveying it. During half-time Madonna, even though seemingly lip-syncing was a compelling performer bringing […]

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Jan
21

Oneness

“A person experiences life as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. Our task must be to free ourselves from this self-imposed prison, and through compassion, to find the reality of Oneness.” ~ Albert Einstein. I share this insightful observation with you because Vocal Awareness also embodies the concept […]

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Dec
23

Václav Havel Passing

Over the weekend, the world lost a great artist/world leader/humanitarian – the former President of the Czech Republic, leader of the Velvet Revolution and a renowned playwright – Václav Havel. One of his noted statements was expressed in a 1997 book he wrote when he said, “None of us – as an individual – can […]

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Dec
11

Sword Swallowing

In Vocal Awareness we talk about the need to Allow a Slow, Silent, Loving Breath and also about Loving and Letting Go. These are two rituals which open us up to trust our mind/body/spirit. This is particularly relevant when confronted with throat tension as our throat is where we hold so much tension and fear.  […]

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