Friday night I luckily tripped over a story on the Newshour on PBS, which was rebroadcast from December 2010.
Watch this video. Substitute…
- “Dance” for “Sing”
- “Dance class” for “Choir practice”
- “Look” for “Sound”
- “Movement” for “Speech”
- “Physical” for “Vocal”
- “Parkinson’s” for “Spasmodic Dysphonia”
This is vocalizing with Spasmodic Dysphonia, and it is one of the reasons I am so happy to have returned to singing. Dancing and singing bring joy under normal circumstances, but even more so under these circumstances. My voice works better when I sing, just like they move better when they dance. And it hopefully explains what I mean by learning to speak more like I sing.
I am reminded of something my brother told me, that his singing instructor said to him: “Good speech is half sung.”
And there’s that Joy thing again. It keeps coming up.
Thanks for listening.