How To Connect To Your Song
The voice is an incredible instrument. We have the awesome ability to tell our audience what we are feeling using words. But so many times, we take it for granted. We may know all the words, the melody, the rhythm – but the song still falls flat.
Why is this?
Because we are not connected to the words that we are saying. It is one of the most important pieces to mastering our music. We must evoke emotion from our audience, inspire and awe them, not just with our talent, but with what is being said. It is our job as a singer to find that connection and tell the story.
Try this exercise: It may seem a little awkward at first, but it works. Recite the lyrics to your song out loud without the instrumentation or melody, but rather as an actor delivering a monologue. Pay close attention to the words you are saying, and what they truly mean.
Ask yourself these questions:
-Who are you talking to?
-What or who are you singing about?
-Where are you while you are singing this?
-What event(s) led you to feeling this way?
-What are you trying to tell your audience?
Go through your song, line by line, and make sure you understand what every word and phrase is portraying. Paint the picture, either on paper or in your mind, so you have a clear vision. You can even label your lines with those feelings, so that you know them. Pay special attention to any metaphors or imagery that you can make stand out. Expression is the key here: you want to express those words in ways that demonstrate the meaning behind the song.
You may find a new perspective when doing this. Words have so much power, and it is our job as singers to bring out that power and reach our audience. Go become an actor and see what new discoveries you can make!