The Joys of Being Wrong and Surpassed

For about a year now, I’ve been working with a songwriter, producer, and rapper– we’ll call him K– who came to me wanting to be able to sing on his own tracks. So much so, that on our first day together, he told me about his commitment to release an album of vocal...

Brandi Carlile’s Lesson in Authenticity

I’ve always been a binge listener. I’m incapable of listening to music casually; any time a song comes on, my attention gets diverted and I lose myself in the world of it. The same goes for when I come across a new artist I like… I remember spending weeks immersed in...

The Essence of Motivation

I met Bob Levey last month at a book fair we participated in together. A long-time columnist for the Washington Post, Bob recently turned his attention to writing books and is currently finishing up his second. I casually asked him how long the...

Free Your Voice and Express Your True Self

I was recently interviewed by Tayo Rockson, author of “Use Your Difference to Make a Difference” (Wiley, 2019), about what makes a great therapist, and how to deal with the challenges that necessarily arise, with our clients and within ourselves. Tayo...

What Are You Waiting For?

I worked with a wonderful singer/songwriter in London last week, who came to me with a list of problems. He wasn’t sure about his range or his tone, whether his songs were in the right key… Whether he was recording them correctly, whether his record is ready to...

The Triple Threat

In my practice, I work with a number of Broadway dancers who think that they can’t sing or act.  Which poses a real problem in an industry where being a ‘triple threat’– having all three skills– is valuable. There are certainly plenty of dancing roles in...

F*$ck Perfection!

A singer/songwriter I’ve been working with recently told me that she can’t stand listening to recordings of herself. That she cringes at every missed note and tonal imperfection. She’s also a recording engineer working on her own projects, which makes things that much...
The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence

I’ve played piano all of my life. By ear. Meaning, that when I hear a song, I’m able to play it without needing to see the music. I can sight read single vocal lines, which is a necessity as a singer. And when pressed, I’m able to sit down and read a piano or...

Embrace Your Voice, Embrace Yourself

Our voices reflect whatever is going on and whatever we are going through. And this applies to what is happening in our personal lives as well as with our physical health. At the beginning of our development and careers, we singers often underestimate the power of...

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