When you study breathing as a singer, you learn to let the energy of your breath support the sound. You work at trying not to let your body get in the way of allowing the natural breath support to carry the voice. You simply become a resonating conduit for sound.
When someone asked if I was conducting the Starling Cloud Choir, I blanched. I mean I don't think of myself as a conductor. I think of myself more as a facilitator in this case--also traffic director, catalyst, and a moderator. Then I thought about the connotations of the word "conductor".
Here's what Collins dictionary says about the word "conductor":
1. an official on a bus who collects fares, checks tickets, etc.
2. (Music / Classical Music) Also called (esp US) director a person who conducts an orchestra, choir, etc.
3. (Transport / Railways) US and Canadian a railway official in charge of a train
4. (Physics / General Physics) a substance, body, or system that conducts electricity, heat, etc.
5. (Engineering) see lightning conductor
A material or an object that conducts heat, electricity, light, or sound. Electrical conductors contain electric charges (usually electrons) that are relatively free to move through the material; a voltage applied across the conductor therefore creates an electric current. Insulators (electrical nonconductors) contain no charges that move when subject to a voltage.
Et voila! The scientific definition of a conductor suits my purpose in a metaphorical way. I will act as a conduit for the creative energy of the choir. That fits! Speaking of energy, the birds are starting to ramp up their mating calls for spring. Have you heard them? We heard a chickadee today that sounded like he'd been taking steroids!
I did hear some bird calls yesterday, um...no chickadee's on steroids though. Maybe that's a city thing? ;)ReplyDelete
I'm so excited about your choir! It's going to be wonderful, I just know it!