When I was growing up I was obsessed with Woodstock and with the Isle of Wight festival. I just loved; Richie Havens, Melanie, Joan Baez, The Band, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen. These were amazing musicians with something to say. They lived alternative lifestyles, they cared about each other and the planet and music meant something, it wasn’t something to play in the background, it was art. Then there was punk rock, grunge, all these brilliant movements of energy and people, getting together and expressing themselves. When I listen to the radio now sometimes I wonder what the artists are actually saying. There is definitely some current music I love hearing; Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, London Gramma, Sia, Lady Gaga, Drake, Demi Lovato, Florence and the Machine, Rhianna, Ed Sheeran, Pink, Rag’n’Bone Man. But just occasionally it can seem so well packaged/branded that the artists actually become more like caricatures, not like real people at all, not like the voice of the people, instead the voice of the machine (literally). Autotuned and finely plucked (‘f*cked’). Yes I’m old, lol! But when I grew up the charts weren’t just for 12 year olds. Music makes lives better. And we all have the opportunity to be the thing we want to see. If you don’t see it, I want to encourage you to be it. I’d love to encourage everyone who comes to see me to say what they have to say. Not just to improve their singing voice but to express wants in their hearts, their minds, their souls. We’re in interesting, exciting times and music doesn’t have to be blah. The point of technique exercises is to free expression so that you can better get your message across. Have something to say. Come and see me.X
Jen. Expressive Voice.
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