The Voice, the Whole Voice, and Nothing But the Voice

These days I seem to hear just about everybody in film or TV dramas performing at least 80% of the time “off voice”, speaking in a semi-whisper, or creaking or croaking. I can’t bear it. It’s the fashion, I’m an old fogey, my hearing is Good For My Age, which means not as good as the average 25 year old, so this means most of the time the dialogue is just at the edge of my comprehension. No point turning up the volume. Because the so-called “background” music will just get louder too.. My guess is that the directors think it denotes intensity. They don’t do it in the comedies. Or at least not as much. For me, it denotes …

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You’re the Voice! Try and Understand That

Yes, I’m quoting John Farnham. Actually, I’m quoting Chris Thompson, Andy Quanta, Keith Reid and Maggie Ryder   – the people who wrote the lyrics. You’re the voice, try and understand it Make a noise and make it clear Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o! We’re not gonna sit in silence We’re not gonna live with fear Oh-o-o-o, whoa-o-o-o! (repeat until end of song) (courtesy of LyricsFreak) I was reminded of this, yet again, by a recent discussion on VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers of America) about the way some people can learn an accent (in the USA, this is referred to as dialect), for a role in a play, do it perfectly in rehearsal, but then slip up in performance. Changing the way we …

Back in Brisbane, Back in Action

It’s been quite a journey, from Phoenix to New Jersey to Seattle and thence back to Brisbane. I had a wonderful time with my family, getting to know the grandchildren all over again, meeting up with colleagues in New York, Seattle and LA. Now, it’s back to the beautiful sunshine of soon to be wintry Brisbane. Private lessons begin again next week, and I’ll be offering some workshops very soon for those of you who appreciate the opportunity to work in a group. Meantime, I’ve just set a discussion topic on my Facebook page, sparked off by an article by Christopher Hitchens here. Perhaps you’d prefer to add your comments right here, so here’s what I said: “He speaks openly …