Tuesday, July 5, 2011
You have been with me since the beginning of this blog two years ago. Each post I have offered you has been a little snapshot. In the beginning, frequent snapshots, and as we've moved along, more occasional snapshots, of my quest and life as a developing avocational singer.
Just because you haven't heard from me does not mean that a lot of singing and growing has not gone on in between these snapshot moments I have offered you. My quest to master my singing voice and find out exactly who I am as a singer has continued, even though as part of that quest you have seen me apparently side-tracked by Kung Fu, or the new-found interest in Barefoot Running.
If any of you have clicked over on the Barefoot Fresca blog, you have seen me be very active over there exploring a completely new experience. Barefoot running actually ended up shaking up my world and changing a lot of the way I feel and think about things. Barefoot running became the portal into being able to experience the utmost fulfillment and enjoyment of being a runner. It was a niche that was waiting for me to find it. It was a category of runner to which, heretofore unknown to me, I already belonged which had been waiting to reveal itself to me. All I had needed to do to find it was to take off my shoes.
For some time now, I have been mulling over just what way some of the experiences and knowledge from barefoot running might apply to the singing life. If I found a niche in the running world that suits me so well, are there aspects of this niche that apply to me as a singer as well?
If I am a Barefoot Runner, is there some way that I can be a Barefoot Singer?
In the next post I will undertake the bold task of defining a new singing category, one that, like with the barefoot running, I belong to without having hitherto known I belonged. One that suits me and is authentic to my experience as a person and as a singer. This shall become my new path, or perhaps not so new a path but rather a path that I have been on, but which shall now be more clearly defined for me and for all of you, and given a name. The name assigned shall be a light upon the path. The name of the new category will be "Barefoot Singing."
I am foggy on just exactly what "Barefoot Singing" will and should be, but in the next post I plan to shoot out some preliminary ideas and maybe as we go along, it will become clearer.
I know a couple of things already that this path will do. It will, as barefoot running does, question conventional wisdom. It will demonstrate that there are other ways to think about things. It will defy usual and standard recommendations. Stay posted!
henceforth AKA "The Barefoot Singer"