Singing — Body and Soul:
A Medley of Fresh Ideas about Musical Theater
Singing – Body and Soul is for the young singer, to help you discover how your voice, body and mind work together. There are great books about the links between science and music – but most are written for adults with strong music backgrounds, and college degrees. Young singers need a streamlined version so your voice can express your inner life – right now! The voice has the most exciting sound when a singer is between 20 to 25 years old. That’s when “desire” starts to ride on the sound, and helps you stand out at an audition. By then, you already need years of singing experience – to make the most of your opportunities. That means learning about your voice early – at 14 years old or younger.
Singing – Body and Soul offers new guidance for developing your singing. It includes artistic and scientific descriptions, and uses song lyrics to illustrate states of mind. Musical Theater plots, characters, and songs fill the book, so the text is more storytelling than classroom lecture. With quotes and references from Charlie Brown, Albert Einstein, and Dr. Seuss, Singing – Body and Soul can help you understand your voice in new ways, and make the world hear what you have to say.
5 Star Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
I have been an acting and singing coach for many years. What I love about Barbara Simon’s book is that it’s not just a book about how to produce sound (something the book covers very well). It’s a book that’s about how to sing. It’s a book about performance. It’s a book about how to discover, understand, interpret, and communicate a song. It’s about how to identify a song and grant your audience access to it. I think all singers can benefit greatly from this book and I recommend it highly.
“Singing – Body and Soul” is a great book for singers or anyone who wants to learn to sing. It offers a lot of great information on the mechanics of singing, along with clever analogies that help the reader understand the concepts of vocal technique. Barbara Simon also includes great suggestions on performing songs for musical theater, but many of her tips can be applied to any type of vocal performance. This is a fun, helpful read. Highly recommended.
This book is a marvelous extension of Barbara’s passion for singing and teaching. Yes – it’s a medley – but it flows seamlessly between her experience and the current science on singing. I had the same warm and fuzzy feeling at the end of this book as I do when the curtain closes after a great play! Her writer’s voice is comforting and conversational and the information and advice is spot on. If you’re the least bit concerned about singing in public – this book will hold your hand all the way to the stage.
Have literally devoured this book! What I love about its author Barbara Simon is that her hilarious witty sense of humor makes it so much fun to read. When you know her, you can actually hear her talk as you read through the words, which makes it even more colorful. This book is about how your voice, body and mind work together. Singing is way more than just hitting notes.
What a wonderful book! While it is written with the young singer in mind, it is for every singer that wants tips on how to improve. Written with the right balance of technique, anatomy, science, and humor, Singing – Body and Soul can help you understand how to improve and even sometimes remember what you long ago forgot. As a neurologist, the chapter on “Yawning, Laughing, Crying” did that for me. The science is simple enough for everyone to understand but accurate in all its states.