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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Old Singers... Are Rocking The House

I have many sweet and amazing young clients, and I adore them. But I was moved, deeply, watching the Carol King and James Taylor concert "Live at the Troubador" on PBS recently. I've NEVER heard either one of them sing better, or even as well, as they did on that show.

And check out Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Ralph Stanley for goodness sake! Singing their derrieres off!

I get older clients all the time who have been told they are past their vocal prime. What we discover together is that the limits are due to poor vocal technique. If you wonder if you are too old to sing, take heart. Here are two things I believe that are important:
  1. Take care of your body (your voice needs that, after all) ...
  2. Train strain out of your voice...
...and you can sing better than ever, well into your twilight years.
If you're young... well, you can look forward to that!

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  • At June 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM , Anonymous Claudia Friedlander said...

    Thanks for this post! I'd like to add to that list of fabulous veteran singers:
    David Bowie, whose voice is more beautiful than ever;
    Steve Tyler, who can still scream freely (even if he can't keep his balance on stage any more);
    Bruce Springsteen, who has sung with that expressive growl throughout his long career of marathon concerts, injury-free.

    The ones who are still standing set examples for us all!

  • At July 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM , Anonymous Leigh Ann Otte said...

    Awesome. I wish there was a talent show on TV featuring people 60 and older.

  • At July 1, 2010 at 6:32 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Claudia... I totally agree with your list additions! And there are many more... anyone care to add here?

  • At July 1, 2010 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Leigh Ann... yes, I think it would amaze ... and encourage EVERYONE that there is hope for the voice after 30 :)

  • At July 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM , Anonymous Kim Rushing said...

    the sweet young thangs are all very well and good
    there is something deep and wonderful about the sound of a
    w a mature heart
    that moves me more

    warm regards
    Kim R


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