I have always wondered whether I would write a book on singing. The trouble is there are so many books on singing and voice, would another one be worth all the effort. And if I did what kind of things would it include.
A part of me would like to be revolutionary and try and find new things to say, unconventional perspectives that would get singers to think in new ways about their instrument. And being a teacher it would have to include educational approaches I suppose.
I suppose what has interested me has been the relationship with other forms of creativity and expression, like sculpture, or dance or needlepoint, winter sports and tennis. Or at least how I can see the making of sound with one’s body reflected and reimagined through other mediums. It is interesting that the earth itself makes so much noise, wind, rain, ice, volcanoes, and when we sing we connect somehow to a deeper level of expression.
So if I imagine how my book would look, what would the chapter headings be!
1. Sound as a soul: an examination of vocal identity
2. Singing and movement : the physical imagery of sport, dance and sound
3. Singing into space: acoustics and the sculpture of song and sound
4. Singing and textures: weaving threads of timbre
5. Singing and colour: painting and pointillism
6. Singing and words: the crunch of consonants and the halo of vowels
7. Conclusion or just more questions?
Would that make an interesting book? I think so but would anyone else?