How anger helps you sing
Many women tell me that they can’t access their anger easily.
Many singers tell me that they cannot belt.
Coincidence? I think not.
In our culture, many women are trained to cry, not roar.
Many can sing in head voice, but not in their chest voice.
They think chest voice is “dangerous” and “damaging.”
That is just patriarchal oppression showing up in vocal pedagogy.
First of all, you speak all day, right? You’re using your chest voice.
Second, belting will not hurt you, if you release emotion rather than push sound.
You know what will harm us?
1) Straining to belt because we think we aren’t powerful and compensate for a perceived lack of power.
2) Shutting down our anger, which only converts it to self-attack.
That will destroy your vocal cords and your confidence.
It’s time to come back home to your *natural* power.
If you want to belt the fuck out of a song, get to know these big emotions. Your unabashed joy. Your rage. Your orgasm.
They are your fuel for your biggest, best life and performances.