Saturday, 31 July 2010
Heart is Best
Yippee, more athletics this week end. It is the European Championships, and I have been glued to the TV.
I heard such a good maxim during the interview with the amazing, and pint sized Jessica Ennis who is doing so well in the Heptathlon. It was concerning her Long Jump competition. The general conversation was becoming more and more tangled and complex whilst discussing her technique, and what could she do to alter this and that and the other.......when someone said (sadly I can't remember who!) 'Hang on here, remember 'Analysis means Paralysis'.
I felt a small electric current zoom through my 'singing persona'. So many singers are so bound up in this technique, or that technique, or too busy dissecting a song for all it's worth, they seem to forget why they are actually doing it.
More than often a highly intelligent singer will cause themselves so much angst, confusion, and even fear from the constant inner argument. Thinking about what you are singing is of course, vital for a complete performance, but when the brain gets in the way it is very detrimental, and leaves no space for singing from the heart.
I looked at the word 'Analysis' in the dictionary and it has some interesting definitions - 'study', 'examination', 'investigate' and 'breakdown' ! Interesting indeed, because each one has a value, but all need to come with a warning on the tin. Do all of the above to some degree but then take a step back, wonder if the composer analysed his composition, then stop thinking and sing with your whole heart, and love the song. That way the musical whole will be free and relaxed and never paralysed.
I spend much of my adjudicating life talking about a free and open tone. Sometimes the simple truth says, 'More is Less'.
...and I mean brain!
Well Done Jessica - she just won the Gold. Strength, Courage, Talent and Training!