Month: June 2012

The Pause that Releases

Coca-Cola used the phrase “The Pause that Refreshes” as a slogan starting in 1929. This post is about a pause that can happen in the breath cycle, between the inhalation and the exhalation. In my post about Sustaining Breath, I

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Speak with Authority

Taylor Mali, in his poem Totally Like Whatever, You Know, concludes very articulately with these words: I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you, I challenge you: To speak with conviction. To say what you believe in a manner

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Here in Toronto, it’s hot right now, and so my dogs are doing a fair bit of panting. And this reminded me that I haven’t covered panting on this website yet, and so that’s what I’m going to do today.

Feeling the Soft Palate Move

What is the deal with the Soft Palate? There are three major holding blocks on the voice that Krisitin Linklater identifies in Freeing the Natural Voice: the Jaw, the Tongue and the Soft Palate. Jaw tension really limits the speaker’s

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Structure begets Chaos (the good kind)

Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and original in your work. —Gustave Flaubert, via MacSparky. If you’re hoping to get creative, you need a so-called “trusted system” to help manage