Thursday, April 18, 2019

A successful and entertaining story of our former voice repair client, Todd (ORLANDO) Perusini



In January 2008, I picked up a phone call from a person who named himself "Orlando".
Right away, I was curious to know if that was his real name or, perhaps, a stage name...? Nevertheless, this person assured me that it was his real name and also added that his mother was, in fact, very creative - and thus, gave him such name.

Orlando spoke with me with a quite raspy and hoarse voice and he told me that he just visited an ENT (he called me from Mexico, where he usually spends his winter time) and revealed that, while there, he had been told that he had a one-millimetre nodule on one of his vocal cords. With that diagnosis, he was suggested immediate vocal surgery.

On this note, Orlando placed a call to me - during which he was quite inquisitive (reminded me of a KGB interrogation). But surprisingly enough, with all the desperation, he seemed to be not in a hurry to make a commitment to come to Toronto to attend my course and treatment.

He, however, placed another call in a short while and still was even more inquisitive... After spending with him a good 40 minutes on the phone (for the second time), I said: "I can only spend so much time per individual, and therefore, I will not be prepared to spend 40 more minutes with you on the phone for the third time...?"

Then he, right away, said: "I will come for just 10 hours to see how it goes."

I said: "Fine. Come and see and I guarantee you that you will be begging me for more."

So Orlando had arrived on February 3rd (my birthday) of 2008. My friend took me out of town for that day to celebrate my birthday. Somewhere between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, I got a voice message from a person who named himself Todd and who was advising me that he arrived in Toronto for his voice repair course and treatment. It puzzled me for a bit, as I was expecting a person named Orlando... I finally called him to his hotel room and, sure enough, it was his voice - raspy and hoarse.

I asked him though if he was the same person as Orlando...?

He said: "Of course it is. It is my stage name".

If you remember, my reader, he said that his mother was very creative and thus named him Orlando. Only then, speaking with him over the phone, I found out that he was also an aspiring singer... Go figure!

Meanwhile, on my Birthday, there was a snowstorm at night - and thus all the highways were closed. So there was no way for my friend and I to come back to Toronto that night. Early morning, we were able to leave the place and headed to Toronto. On February 4th, 2008, our first session with Orlando was scheduled.

Meanwhile, Orlando was staying in some unknown downtown Toronto hotel and was insisting on taking the TTC "come hell or high snow"...LOL. So our journey had begun! He was scheduled to be with me for two-and-a-half days to accomplish his 10-hour introductory course and natural herbal treatment.

On day number 2, after 6 hours of instruction and treatment, during our break, I told him about the Doctor of ENT who, sometimes, used to attend to some of my clients - if they wished to do so. Orlando (Todd) became really interested in getting a, so to speak, the second opinion from a real ENT specialist. Dr. Swartsburg (who is, unfortunately, now deceased) examined my "doomed" client and said: "Your nodule is very small. It is less than half a millimetre. So no surgery will be needed". If you remember, my reader, a couple of days before Orlando arrived to us, he was diagnosed with one millimetre (quite big) nodule on his vocal cord, and thus was suggested an immediate operation.

With that said, the doctor, Orlando and myself, came to the conclusion that within 6 hours of my instruction, coupled with some herbal treatment, his nodule began to shrink.

Given all that, Orlando exclaimed: "Diana, can I stay for the next 10 hours please?"

I said yes and had to give him those next 10 hours (20 hours in total) within 3 days, as I had to disrupt my whole schedule in order to accommodate it. I said: "Orlando, I told you so. You will be asking me for more!" I was mainly working on his speaking voice - to lift his voice off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords in order to remove the harmful pressure of the sound from his vocal anatomy. The singing, I had touched very little due to the lack of time. That is why the protocol, especially for singers, is a minimum of 30 hours for instruction and natural herbal treatment.

In May of 2008, I was travelling to Europe and to the Middle East and stopped in Amsterdam. At 3 am of their local time, I got a phone call and it was from Orlando. Nonetheless, I was woken up by his phone call, but mostly by his quite loud, clear and well announced and pronounced voice. He said that he was practicing in syllables (everywhere and anywhere) and he could not be happier with the result. On this note, I started to laugh because he started doing the above already in Toronto - driving all of my associates (who he had been put in contact with) completely crazy... LOL. But it served him right and, as far as all parties were concerned, the mission was accomplished! Orlando was determined to get cured and he had gotten his wish!
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Now, in November 2017, on the way to the Nissan dealership, (to trade my hit-by-deer-Volkswagon), I got a call. That was Orlando - (almost 10 years later, after our last conversation). He expressed huge gratitude and told me that he came up with a CD and he also said that his speaking voice, as well as his singing voice, was also up to par. He said that I saved his life, his career as a real-estate agent, his relationship and his huge passion for music and singing. He also said that he was presently singing in two bands and thinking of coming out with another CD.

All the rest, my dear reader, you can see below for yourself.

Orlando sent us a hand-written letter (he is definitely an old-fashioned purist) and included a CD for our listening pleasure. But he also asked for my constructive criticism for not just his voice, but also his original songs.

One more success story of a mature-aged man who is definitely young at heart and whose spirit will never die!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Case Study: Professional Artist "R.R" (Alias Name) - A Voice Recovery Story In Progress...


Your voice IS a reflection of the state of your being.



Case Study:
Professional Artist – R.R

(The real name of the artist cannot be disclosed due to the confidentiality code)

 

A few days ago, we got approached by an artist in his mid 20’s, asking us to help him to get rid of his nasal sound in his voice. He was to prepare for his tour in Europe and wanted to sound and to look his best.

When we first met him (just a few days ago) for what we call an “Introductory/Exploratory Session”, he was late 45 minutes to start with, walked in looking and acting half asleep, and stood in front of us with a completely out-of-balance posture and body.

It took quite a bit of effort, especially from my side, to bring him to the point from where I could actually work with him and make a difference. He, indeed, sounded quite nasal – speaking and singing. We, however, liked his songs, written in the Hip-Hop style. In fact, a very prominent Hip-Hop artist (name cannot be disclosed) actually assumed his song and made it very popular.

Our (now voice repair) client revealed to us that his voice was actually OK before - until he inhaled a toxic substance through one of his nostrils. He also revealed to us that he likes to (recreationally) smoke pot… Ever since he embraced the latter, his voice changed exponentially - and, nonetheless, became quite nasal - which, in turn, started to even affect his pitch.  He told us that ever since that occurrence, people began to ask him if he was sick.

No, he was not…, but nevertheless, his whole body was out-of-whack, and thus his voice (residing in the unhealthy body) was a reflection of his, evidentially, not very healthy physical body state.

Then I asked him about his everyday diet:

Dairy (galore of cheese) was included in every meal of the day.
It had been proven that dairy products ( like milk, Yogurt, ice cream, peanut butter, Nutella, etc. ) make your body produce high volumes of mucus.

Now let’s visualize a Ballet dancer trying to make jumps off of a thick carpet instead of a wooden floor. Doing so, neither the dancer nor athlete, for that matter, would be able to achieve the needed height and, quite possibly, would even end up injured. So if the singer’s throat is covered with a ton of mucus, he/she will not be able to realize his/her full range, especially for the high parts of the song.

The Vocal Science™ technique requires rechanneling of the physical sound to the sinus cavities (vocal chambers) - and therefore, if one or both of the sinus cavities are blocked, the sound will not be able to enter into the facial muscle(s)… Those facial muscles (harbouring the physical sound) play the role of the natural, colloquially speaking,  “amplifier” (or resonator). Obviously, no resonation could take place if the sound is unable to find its “home” within the sinus cavities.

In this instance, two main things must take place:

  • The sound of the voice has to be supported by the body’s abdominal muscles in order to achieve the lift of the voice from the vocal anatomy to the facial muscles.
  • Once the lift is achieved and the sound of the voice landed in those aforementioned cavities, the vocal box becomes free from the harmful pressure of the sound…
At that time, the natural herbal (and some homeopathic) remedies should be administered in order to heal the highly-disturbed flora in one’s throat and vocal box in general.

That’s where the healing begins  - while, concurrently, the voice becomes healthier-sounding and also supported, structured, placed and projected.

That means that the “wholesome mechanism” took place – and thus, began to allow the artist’s voice to work in its fullest capacity possible and with no pain or strain on his/her vocal anatomy.


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As for our client: To date, we were able to complete the first 8 hours of instruction and treatment. And, on that premise, we believe that he left for his tour a little healthier and (even most importantly, in this instance) much more aware of how the human anatomy works and that the voice is a big part of that anatomy, which, from now on, he will have to nurture and, in general, take a good care of himself, his body and, nonetheless, his voice.

Stay tuned for the continuation of this story upon our client’s return back to us to acquire his best voice under our care.