As a child, I remember hearing adults talk about things, and they would say things like, "I'm trying to lose weight," "We're going to work on taking a trip in the summer," or "I really should stop smoking." Then, I would see that these things rarely happened, and I really got tired of inaction from adults, which I think has really shaped my life and has made me a person of action. This is not meant to be a self-congratulatory blog post; however, all of the things I mentioned hearing people talk about were attainable goals. They just require setting goals and priorities, along with some discipline.
I also understand that "life gets in the way," as people say, and other things take precedence, such as children. People use their time and resources to provide for their children. Although it was unintentional, all of the things I previously mentioned would also benefit the children, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and taking a trip!
Alan Alda hosts a podcast called "Clear + Vivid," and at the end, he asks the guest a series of questions. In his interview with Tina Fey (August 21, 2018), when he asks, "What do you wish you really understood," her answer was "The first thing that came to my mind was music. I wish I could read music, and play an instrument, and sing." His response was, "That's how I feel." My response is, "You are smart people! I can teach you to read music in 5 minutes. Singing will take a little more time, but you can learn!!" I don't know how much time Tina Fey and Alan Alda have (probably a free hour each week), but I'm sure they can afford to take voice lessons!! I KNOW FOR A FACT that I (or another good teacher) could teach them to sing!! If that is the first thing that comes to Tina Fey's mind, it must be quite important to fulfilling her life, so all she needs to do is do it!
Much of this was covered in my original blog post (here), and I feel that the idea of not being able to sing is so pervasive that it is worthy of repeating over and over again. A few lucky people developed in such a way that their voice is free, expressive, and beautiful. I am NOT one of those people. For the rest of us, we need some help, patience, and time to unlock something physical, mental, or emotional that is preventing free and beautiful vocal expression. It is true that not everyone should be recorded and paid to sing, but everyone can match pitch, have a pretty pleasant voice, and enjoy singing with some level of confidence.
If you can speak, you can sing, and I would like the opportunity to prove that! My contact information is below, so feel free to contact me to take action and learn how to be a better singer! Just do it.