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Category: Observations/Philosophy of Singing

The Hell of Poor Breathing

Published March 22nd, 2019 by Brad Jenks
It seems there is an appetite right now for shows like Lucifer and The Good Place, which spend many hours of plot reimagining old takes on the Salvation and Damnation theme. I, like many others, have lately found myself enjoying them, especially with their thought-provoking and entertaining takes on the matter; perhaps most especially the […]
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The YAP-less Path

Published January 10th, 2018 by Brad Jenks
I have found myself in conversation more times than I can count with young singers who are at their wit’s end over the issue of YAPs (Young Artist Programs). Auditioning for them, the expense for fees and travel, the rejection in the form of the charmingly termed PFOs (Please F*** Off), the wondering what went […]
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Art & French Fries

Published March 9th, 2017 by Brad Jenks
Why can't people just like things anymore? Why is there always some elaborate justification? I won't go into what I think are the implications of this in the field of Vocal Pedagogy, as I have done that elsewhere (Link). I will stick to the abstract question- Whether it is in the realm of the Arts, […]
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Oh, Blow It Out Your Sing-Hole....

Published July 1st, 2015 by Brad Jenks
Cornell MacNeil: "Let us take a word commonly used by singers – support. What does it mean? To some people it means absolute rigidity, which will destroy them!" Jerome Hines: "Support is usually equated with you Italian word appoggio." C. MacNeil: "Appoggio… Which means setting upon… something completely different from support. We think of support […]
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The Sound Of Style - Basses Need Not Apply....

Published May 22nd, 2015 by Brad Jenks
Following on the train of thought from my last posting (The Cricothyroid Rosary), I have been reflecting on the issue of style-appropriate sound. This is a common theme in pedagogical circles these days, and even in the voice sciences where observers seek to ascertain what physical changes occur when switching from style to style. This […]
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Good Golly Miss Molly, You Sure Talk Purty!

Published March 3rd, 2015 by Brad Jenks
“That’s all poetry is, in a sense. It slows you down rather beautifully. And you just enjoy the bounce and heft and glory of one word following another.”                                                       […]
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The Time Before The Time Before….Yes, Those Were The Days…..

Published February 21st, 2015 by Brad Jenks
Recently, an article by Will Crutchfield from the 80s has been making the rounds on Facebook. It is a thinly veiled restatement of a common theme: The lament for an age now gone. While the article purports to be about the tendency toward burnout and not about any lack of talent; it nevertheless seems to […]
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The Marionette Lesson

Published November 11th, 2014 by Brad Jenks
I have, of late, been doing some pedagogical reflection on the nature of the voice lesson. Over the last two years or so, I have felt increasingly old-school, all the while sensing that social notions of singing are trending quite the opposite direction. Feeling this tension I began to wonder what on earth is to […]
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Speak up, yes.... but speak.

Published August 12th, 2014 by Brad Jenks
The following thoughts are a sort of addendum to a previous post (Loud-louder-loudest!) I was recently watching the video below and was astonished at how quietly, yet audibly, Ms. Bartoli sang through some of the latter portion of her aria. And yet, though not terribly loud, it was neither out of character, nor unsuitable. It […]
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Truly Tip-Top Tennis Tautology

Published July 11th, 2014 by Brad Jenks
The subject of my last post has still been on my mind of late, especially as regards what is called Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM). And it happened that today while attempting to play some tennis (badly, I will admit) I was suddenly struck by the similarity of my playing to the vocalism of the average […]
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