- What would it take to recover one’s singing voice? Is it even possible?
- If it were possible, how would it impact the long-term sufferer’s life?
Friday, July 10, 2015
Have you been a singer in a past, and now have lost your voice? We can help!
I have more and more inquiries from people who used to sing for the longest time in the past; and suddenly, (or at least so they thought), lost their singing range and some of them even lost their singing voice altogether.
Now they are older and in their 40s (and counting), and they still cannot get a grip with the notion that their love and joy of singing might never be present again.
20 or 30 years later after the occurrence, they are still upset and even depressed about it. Of course, they have been through numerous doctors and speech therapists appointments; but in the majority of cases, it did not add up to any expected results.
Needless to say, since they had lost their love and joy being able to sing, their lives were never the same. Their passion and desire for expressing themselves, (telling their stories through singing), had been deeply buried.
I, fortunately, could give the answers to all of the above:
To answer the first question, luckily, in majority of cases, it is absolutely possible. How does it happen that the singing voice, “all of a sudden, disappears”, (so to speak), you may ask?
Some people are born with natural singing talent and once they discover it, they obviously begin to use it, and rightfully so. However, enjoying their newly found voice, they use it excessively and thus, not being aware of the proper voice application and vocal technique, they end up abusing it to the “point of no return”, at least in the conventional sense.
For some reason, neither them nor their mentors realize that the singers’ vocal cords are not made from steel. In fact, they are very fragile and have to be treated with special care. Like any instrument, it requires a frequent tune-up and, of course, proper maintenance.
Usually, the young and talented artists who get discovered via their talents and looks have no idea how to power their voice without any pain or strain on their vocal anatomy. So they pull and push their voices full force. And one day, sooner or later, the voice “pops”, as one of my voice repair clients described it.
The musicians often use the expression, “No gig lasts forever”.
Indeed! Nobody should take his or her voice, (or other anatomy for that mater), for granted. If you are entering any high tasking field, (singing performance included), please research, (and act accordingly), how not to kill your voice, but rather the opposite; how to preserve and nurture your internal, fragile instrument – Your Voice!
As to recover it and restore it to its original state would take a great effort on the part of the singer and a very experienced voice specialist.
To answer the second question, the voice recovery and restoration is a huge deal and when it is complete, some people begin to rethink the purpose of their lives. It is a little difficult to turn the clock back and now leave their present lives and come back to something what was very precious in the past.
As we all know, there is no change without change, even if it is positive.
However, in any case, the benefits of a newly found voice are countless:
The confidence, the self-esteem and self-worth, the dignity and integrity, the pride of accomplishment... and just simply recovered joy and passion.
What price tag could you put on that?!