I went to an open stage the other night. It was, as always, eye opening. There is a lot of talent out there. So what rises above the rest? Your voice.
Not your pitch, but your voice. Most musicians have realized that your pitch has little to do with your success as a musician. In the American Idol world there are countless other perfect voices. So what stands out is feeling, emotion, a voice that communicates to people.
For some reason I’ve been listening to Smash by The Offspring as of late. Dexter Holland is not a great singer. But wow does he have a voice. That nasal, whiny, voice is what makes The Offspring so great… maybe not so great these days, but at one point it moved millions of kids. His pitch was not pure but who the fuck cared? He had a voice that meant something to me as a youth.
Do you have a voice? It’s a harder question to answer then you think, but finding your voice is as critical as finding your audience.
Hawksley Workman has a great line in one of his songs:
“singing is about sexual confidence”
It’s a great line with truth at it’s heart. Singing is about CONFIDENCE. Who cares if you’re pitchy? Who cares if you’re flat? If you sing it like you mean it, sing it with authenticity and sing it with heart then I don’t care, I’ll feel it. And that my friends, is what it’s all about, making your fans feel it![youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjD4eWEUgMM]
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