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Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
21-May-11 - 03:33 PM
Thread Name: What exactly does 'Sing in your own voice' mean?
Subject: RE: What exactly does 'Sing in your own voice' mean?
There isn't actually such a thing as a voice.

Singing is done by moving muscles and other tissues of the body. We can sing different ways at different times. If we had been born to different cultures, our habits might be different, and our singing would be different. At the same time, we could learn to throw off the habits of our culture and sing differently if we wanted to.

Remember the Yeats poem that ended

   How can we tell the dancer from the dance?

Just as there is no such thing as 'a dance' (there is only a dancer moving) there is no such thing as 'a voice.' (There is only a person singing.)