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Full Voice by Barbara McAfee

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God respects me whenI work; but God lovesme when I sing.

Rabindranath Tagore

I don’t sing becauseI’m happy; I’m happybecause I sing.

William James

 

chapter twelveThe Case for Singing and Poetry

As you’ve discovered from many of the stories I’ve told so far, singing offers a natural next step for bringing the gifts of the Five Elements into everyday speech. The extreme sounds we open in the Five Elements Framework get narrower as they get channeled into song. Believe me, I’m not out to transform you into a pop star or opera diva. What I am interested in is helping you bring the breath, energy, and aliveness of singing into how you speak.

When you sing, you use the exact same physical structures as when you speak. Singing is just speaking ...

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