For the last two years, I’ve used “Curiously Strong Singing” as my tagline. In the past year, I’ve established a performance coaching series called “Curiously Strong Performing.” The content on my website and in other places reflects the use of that phrase.
But other than the relationship between mezzoid and altoids, which is what triggered the whole tagline in the first place, what do I mean by this? What is “curiously strong” singing? What is “curiously strong” performing? Why am I using these phrases other than they’re catchy?
I decided that I needed to define what this means to me in order to make it more than just a phrase that looks good on my business card and website.
So what is curiously strong singing/performing? It is:
- Singing that is grounded in a strong sense of technique, whether that pertains to classical, pop, or musical theater (because it’s not all one size fits all);
- Singing and/or performing that takes risks and digs deep into the song’s text, its history, and its style.
- Performing that tells the truth, is authentic and embraces both standard performance practice as well as new interpretations.
- Singing and performing that is confident, consistent, and constantly developing.
- Performing that welcomes in others as collaborators, as creators, as colleagues, and as an audience.
This is what I mean by being curiously strong as a singer and as a performer, and what I want for my students, my colleagues – really anyone who is in my life.
If you want to be curiously strong as well, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.