Truth, Authenticity, and Voice 

When it comes to certain fields and topics, words like truthauthenticity, and voice are not only difficult to define, but often create conflict, frustration, and a dismissal of their validity. They have become catch-all phrases and cliches with a variety of connotations and contexts - used as sentence decorators -  that while sound good, leave us with very little clarity around how to utilize and represent the depth of their meaning. So, before you dig in to the rest of the site, I'd love to define what those things mean to me, so that you can have a better sense of what I believe, what my music represents, and how I can help you. 
 


 

What does it mean to find your voice?

Finding your voice means being yourself. 
Finding your voice means being comfortable in your own skin.
Finding your voice means delivery. 
….It means returning home. 
….It means having a sense of purpose.
Finding your voice means freedom. 
Finding your voice means being heard. 
Finding your voice means being seen. 
...For who you are
Finding your voice means alignment with your values. 

Finding your voice does not mean you have to share it.
...or give it away.
Finding your voice does not mean you have to become a performing monkey.
Finding your voice does not mean doing something that’s not comfortable for you. 
Finding your voice does not mean you have to sing in front of anyone. 

Finding your voice means you accept and love yourself. 
Finding your voice means you hear yourself. 
You heal yourself. 
Finding your voice means finding yourself. 
….because it is the sonic representation of who you are. 

 

Let's start with Truth. The Oxford Dictionary defines this as:

1. The quality or state of being true.
2. That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.
3. A fact or belief (a judgement, proposition or idea) that is accepted as true. 

No wonder this word is so confusing. Truth is based on perception! It is both fact (what we know so far), and fiction (what we believe). And because I may believe something different than you, and facts may change when we learn newer facts... truth becomes more grey than we thought, and not as tangible of a term as we tend to treat it. Truth is our relationship with the world around us. It depends on so many factors and realities including (but not limited to) culture, religion, family backgrounds, and individual experiences (and perceptions of those experiences). Truth can change because WE can change. 

As diluted as this word may presently be, I still believe it is one of the single most important things to define for ourselves. Truth, as I see it, is knowing yourself. Truth, is trusting and knowing what voice to listen to. It is our bottom line. It is personal, and only we can truly know it. Therefore, truth belongs less in fact than it does in value. Truth belongs more to individual sincerity and alignment than it does to something universal. In fact, what I've just defined may not be your truth. 

But it does represent my Authenticity... the word my advisor hated the most in grad school.
But, after reading the following definitions as per The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, can you blame him? 

1. worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact / made or done the same way as an original
2. not false or imitation

wait. Before I even start the next sentence, let me look at those two definitions. One says authenticity means to make it exactly the same, to conform - the other say to not imitate. If I was a teenager, I'd say, "I can't even". I mean, those are the facts, right? It's in a respected dictionary... shouldn't that be the truth? ...again, no wonder truth is so confusing. 

The third definition, however, seems to reflect more of how I use the word authenticity:  3. true to one's own personality, spirit, or character. Once again, going back to the idea of truth being a personal experience, it is an alignment of values - both in thought and behaviour. If truth is found inside, then Authenticity is the way we use that truth in our actions. Authenticity means that our interaction with others aligns with our personal truth. Authenticity means expressing your truth...

...that's where Voice comes into the conversation. 

I have a lot to say about voice. And although I've studied the physiological, technical aspects of voice and singing, I don't believe voice is a product. In fact, the very opposite. Voice is a process. It is an evolving identity. It is a truth, and it expresses our authenticity like nothing else can because it is a vibration that travels through us. With all the limits and convolutions of the English language - we are able to convey our feeling through tone. We are able to share emotion through sound. Without words. Without literacy. We can communicate. We can transmit emotion through sound. 

But that's not the only type of voice there is. Voice is also a metaphorical identity. One that comes out in our writing. One that represents community and collective values. Voice is any medium of expression. It is a right. It is our personality. Voice is who we are

What does it mean to find your voice?

Finding your voice means being yourself. 
Finding your voice means being comfortable in your own skin.
Finding your voice means delivery. 
….It means returning home. 
….It means having a sense of purpose.
Finding your voice means freedom. 
Finding your voice means being heard. 
Finding your voice means being seen. 
...For who you are
Finding your voice means alignment with your values. 

Finding your voice does not mean you have to share it.
...or give it away.
Finding your voice does not mean you have to become a performing monkey.
Finding your voice does not mean doing something that’s not comfortable for you. 
Finding your voice does not mean you have to sing in front of anyone. 

Finding your voice means you accept and love yourself. 
Finding your voice means you hear yourself. 
You heal yourself. 
Finding your voice means finding yourself. 
….because it is the sonic representation of who you are. 
 

So where does music come into all of this? 

Let's go back to the beginning: I believe the music is a way to express truth. This is where I'm here to help. Yes, I can help you find that physiological and metaphorical voice. But I can also help you transform that into an expression of sound. Whether that's speaking, singing, composing, writing, presenting, or creating in general, sound plays a huge role in our environment both in its reception (receiving sound) and expression (creating sound).