May 11, 2017

Come On Baby Light My Fire!

Can we get personal for minute? I want to know what turns you on. “Did she just say which I think she said…?” Hello, yes, I’m still here and yes, I did just ask, what gets you really excited? I mean truly HOT and bothered!! Forgive me if I’m going too fast, but life is short and I want you to enjoy every minute of it. You see, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and I’ve discovered something I hope is useful to you. Most of us are joy stoppers. Most of us only allow for a specifically allotted amount of happiness and abundance. And we are very stingy about HOW we think we can and should come by said bliss. Work hard. Pay your dues. Hustle. Keep striving. Success doesn’t come easy. Sound familiar? I have been as guilty as the next diva buying in to this belief system, but I’m starting to change my tune. As I mentioned last week, I’m still recovering from a very nasty bug. I’m feeling much better, but as a result, my vocal chords are swollen and raw and I can’t sing! Of course, I’m very sad, but there’s been a cool side benefit to being vocally […]
October 29, 2011

Hustle & Flow

Have you ever been involved in an activity where you lose track of time? Maybe you were writing a great story or even playing a video game. Your mind was completely engaged in the task at hand. This kind of focused energy is often referred to as flow. It’s a term created by Hungarian psychology professor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, which refers to “the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.” To achieve flow requires complete engagement. In singing the word flow is also referred to in terms of breath flow. The goal is to create a steady stream of air without tension or obstruction so the vocal chords can vibrate freely. In order to do so you must coordinate many different parts of the body. You must relax some muscles while fully engaging others. The result is the feeling of having an open, malleable instrument where the breath flows easily.