Thursday, March 19, 2009

Safety and Bravery

Recently, a client emailed over some songs for me to hear prior to our first meeting. They were good... other than some standard tensions (easily released), there was nothing in his voice that was or would be problematic.

What I did hear though, was safety. I heard a tremendous amount of potential not being expressed, many risks not being taken... I heard a choice to play it safe as a vocalist, as an artist and perhaps even, as a person. (Rarely are these three conditions unrelated, in my experience.)

What's stopping him? What's stopping you?

We're not talking about someone in need of vocal work beyond a simple strengthening and flexibility regiment. What we're talking about… what he's in need of- what we're all in need of, my friends- is bravery.

We're all good at doing what we do, staying inside the lines. That's why we do it. That's why we stay there. But that's not where the real fun is, regardless of whether you're a singer, a student, or a CEO (or all three).

Fear calls us to newer and better experiences. And while fear can certainly be scary, it's far less so than the gnawing and consuming anxiety that comes from not striving for and living up to our full potential.

Just as songs are to be shared, not merely sung, life is to be lived, not merely survived. So live while you're alive. Sing your heart out. You'll have all the time in the world to be quiet and still when you're dead.

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