Speech in Song: : A Grand Marriage
Nov 01, 2018 05:50PM
● By Sarah Evans
As we all know, we who are in form live in an existence of duality. From left and right, male and female, night and day, yin and yang and so forth into infinity, we seek constantly and consistently to come into balance or unification. Some of us have chosen the word polarity because it rings more to the tune of unification that humanity so desperately needs.
In singing, too, there are distinct and different natures between tone and sound manifestation, speech sounds and musical sound, vowels and consonants. For this article, we will attend to the opposites: speech sounds and musical sound.
Musical sound is the unconstraint free-flowing principle. On the other hand, the speech sounds are described as the conscious molding and forming principle. Here we can see a polarity at the functional level of singing. As one researches, it becomes clear that a singer’s orientation to the experience of this functional polarity must also be a polar, a dual one.
Once the singer opens the path to the musical sound stream, she must retreat from her own will and feelings to give free reign to its flow. On the other hand, the nature of the “word”, the material/form creative principle, calls for strong formative forces.
The School for Speech in Song, using specific spiritual/science-based exercises, separates the two sounds, speech and melody, before bringing them together in a grand marriage: song.
Sarah Evans is a musical artist with an emphasis on the sound of the human voice. She received her BA from the UofA specializing in voice and choir and met her teacher, Christiaan Boele, a master teacher of “Uncovering the Voice”, a method endorsed by the spiritual scientist Rudolf Steiner. Having completed the training course, Evans shares the exercises for the birth and blessing of voice at The School for Speech in Song, in Tucson. Connect at 520-661-6666 or [email protected].