I started vocal therapy for singing this morning! Glory Be,….I’ve arrived!
My vocal coach started me in the mid-to-low register. “Can you repeat after me? Ooh-ooh-oooooooh”. I repeated after her and was alarmingly surprised at how smoothly my voice translated. I smiled to myself and thought “This is going to be a piece of cake”. She slowly moved upwards, step-by-step towards a higher register. As she neared a high A and asked me to repeat after her, I began. “Oooh-oooh-Oooo-ouch!” My voice cracked and I frowned. Maybe this would not be as easy as I had thought.
“Don’t rush it,” she told me. “If it feels uncomfortable, stop and rest.” Her voice was soothing and reassuring.
I am now starting a new phase in this process. I returned to work last Monday and I am now integrating my voice back into my pre-surgical life. Actually, within the past 2 weeks, speaking has not posed any problems to me whatsoever. I’m eager to get back into the full swing of my activities, but realize that “stopping to rest” is my weakness.
Today, one of my cute elderly male patients from down south grabbed my hand abruptly and said, “Slow it down girl….you waaaaay too fast”. For a second I was confused and had no idea why he had interrupted me to say this. I felt as if I was operating at a normal pace. But as I paused in the middle of an exercise demonstration…I realized I had been whizzing from patient to patient, talking a mile a minute, and allowing no time for feedback or absorption. I was actually slightly embarrassed and looked around the room to see if anybody else had heard him. Was I really that frantic and impatient of an individual?
I thought back to my vocal therapy session earlier today and realized that impatience is my greatest non-virtue.
I guess we continue to learn things about ourselves everyday! *chuckle*
I’m currently working on taking it slow….in ALL aspects of life. And I’m gonna enjoy the journey while I’m at it