Let’s talk punctuation.
I know, I know … what’s punctuation got to do with singing? Turns out, everything. (But first, eeee! I have my very own singing blog!!)
Okay, back to the post. Allow me to offer some context: Tonight as I was about to write this post, I decided first to take a wee timeout: a bubble bath and podcast. Delightful!
Tonight’s pod of choice: one of my favorites, Conversation with Alanis [Sidenote: Yes, the Alanis Morissette, and yeah, it’s 5-star material, not that it needs my approval. Big love!]
Anyhow, our backstory continues with me “randomly” selecting episode 15 where Alanis chats with self-inquiry author Byron Katie. And a few minutes in, that’s when the gals rocked my world with one succinct takeaway:
“Replace the period with a question mark.”
(Cue Hallelujah chorus!)
Profound on so many levels, but let’s first relate this to singing.
As a vocal coach I’ve heard every “I can’t” statement in the book (and have used many myself!):
- I can’t sing high.
- I can’t sing loud.
- I can’t jump around with my voice.
- I can’t practice; I’m too busy.
- I can’t take time for myself.
- I can’t (fill in the blank).
Applying this simple punctuation twist allows us to think anew on an old belief. Check it out!
- I can’t sing high?
- I can’t sing loud?
- I can’t jump around with my voice?
- I can’t practice; I’m too busy?
- I can’t take time for myself?
- I can’t (fill in the blank)?
Feels a lot different, huh? Not so concrete.
Breathe in the possibility. 🙂
*Of course, there’s more to it (with followup questions to further unpack this: is this true? how do I know? and who would I be without this thought?), but what a beautiful start. The full episode is available here: http://alanis.com/news/podcast-episode-15-conversation-byron-katie/