Find Your Voice, Share Your Voice
by Marni Levitt – June 21, 2017
The other day I was leading a mind-body wellness presentation at a school, and I shared a song I wrote, called ‘Climb Inside my Boat’. I taught the kids the chorus, and they sang along beautifully. At the end of the session, a young girl came up to me with a very focused look, and a glimmer in her eye, and she said ‘You should be a singer!’ I thanked her with a big smile and told her she could be a singer too. Little did she know that I am already a singer. I was born to sing, and I am doing it, and I believe we all can!
I didn’t always believe that I could sing.
I got my tonsils out when I was 7 years old. The doctor said they were the biggest tonsils he had ever seen! Everything changed after that. My speaking voice was much clearer and smoother, and eventually, so was my singing voice. When I was 13 years old, I studied and practiced chanting with a tutor, in preparation for my Bat-Mitzvah. I would listen to the tapes of his voice over and over again, memorizing the Hebrew words and melody. Several months later, when I stood up in front of my family, friends and community, and chanted from the Torah, I wasn’t prepared for the reaction. People came up to me afterwards, telling me I had such a beautiful voice!! That was news to me. I had no idea. I didn’t realize how much I had put my heart into this process, and how well it would be received.
Shortly after, my dad bought me a guitar for my 14th birthday, and I started learning some chords and simple songs by Cat Stevens and Leonard Cohen. In high school, I jumped up on stage any chance I could get, to share songs I had learned, and to share my voice. I received lots of positive feedback.
What I have discovered as I have moved through adulthood, is that sometimes my voice is strong, powerful and soulful, and sometimes it doesn’t come through like that. The body is the instrument of the voice. I have discovered that when I feel stress, tension, discomfort or fear in my body, then my vocal chords tense up, and the sound doesn’t flow through me in a relaxed way. When I feel a sense of confidence, when I feel empowered and comfortable, then my voice shines through. When I am able to be myself, speak up for what I believe in, stand strong, then my poetry and songs flow through me in a natural way. When others are able to receive and be inspired by what I am sharing, that is the most incredible feeling in the world, so rewarding!!
I continue to study voice with different teachers, and to share my voice in different community groups. I am always learning new techniques to relax the body and voice, to warm up the vocal chords, and to get into breathing practices that give power to the voice.
Ultimately, finding and sharing my voice has been incredibly empowering, and essential part of my self-development as a human being. It has brought so much joy. I believe everyone is born with the capacity to find and share their voice. I look forward to sharing some of the practices that have helped me along the way.
I invite you to be part of a powerful sing-a-long music + wellness project called ‘Waves of Change’….I believe it could change YOUR world, and add a little more joy and a little more light to OUR world. If you want to learn more about it, have a look here.
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