Finding the sound of your voice

Everybody has a musical instrument and it doesn’t cost a thing.  It is your voice. Nothing on earth matches it for range, power, variety, and expressiveness. You undoubtedly use it for speaking, but are you singing?  You should be.  We live in a sonorous universe, all matter vibrates, and all creatures sing their songs. How about you?

All god’s creatures got a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
Some just clap their hands or paws or anything they’ve got now
Listen to the bass it’s the one at the bottom
Where the bullfrog croaks and the hippopotamus
Moans and groans in the big tattoo
And the old cow just goes “moo”
The dogs and the cats they take up the middle
Where the honey bee hums and the cricket fiddles
The donkey brays and the pony neighs
And the old grey badger sighs oh

I have heard your story that you cannot carry a tune, how the mean teacher asked you to be silent during choral singing.  But I have not heard that you have spent any time seriously learning how to match notes, produce tones or tap out a rhythm. Yes, music making certainly comes easily to many of us and there are some that must seek it out. Perhaps you need to start with some simple dance steps to sense the rhythms. Or you hum along with the church choir. Imitate the bird song you hear in your garden. Or you rock your infant daughter with your best version of “My Girl”.

When all else fails there are professional voice teachers that can help you get started.

Whatever it costs you, go for it.  Music making is your birthright. No one can sing your song but you. Even if you are the old grey badger that just sighs, ‘oh’. Do it. The universe will be the better for it.

If you want to learn more about how Dr. Fleming can help you improve your communication skills, please call her at telephone 415.391.9179 or send her an email at

Carol Fleming, Ph.D., is the author of “It’s the Way You Say It”! Becoming Articulate, Well-spoken and Clear. A comprehensive guide to vocal development and improvement of communication skills.

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