"With SINGING - BODY AND SOUL, Barbara J. Simon has written a very wise, witty and accessible book on the technique and art of singing. Barbara's book is unique in that it combines the technical and interpretive aspects of singing in a very user-friendly way with pages and pages of wonderful practical advice. Whether you aspire to sing on the Broadway stage or just want to be the best shower singer you can be, you will enjoy Barbara's book immensely."
"A breezy, chatty yet still nuanced and insightful series of tips and best practices for singers, especially musical theater singers (on whom this book is focused)" -
4- Star Review on Goodreads.com
Singing: Body and Soul is a playful arts and science book about learning to sing. It is playful because its target audience is young beginning singers age 11 years old and up. The scientific concepts involved are described with simplicity, imagery, humor, metaphor, and no hard-to-spell science terms – so pre-teens can take in the information and use it now! Their voices are just beginning to change because the hormones that transform a child into a young adult (capable of propagating the species) are the same hormones that change the nature of the singing voice.
Singing is closer to a human mating call than any other sound we make. Biologists don’t talk about humans having a particular mating call (like birds or frogs or crickets), because there is not a standard patterned sound common to all people. But desire rides on the voice when we are near a potential mate, and you can tell when a human voice is filled with passion. There is more energy, resonance, personality, and depth to that sound than in our everyday speaking voices.
The mating call is generated from a place deep in our being, drawing on primitive images and a full-body energy source— just like when singing. The deepest truth about ourselves comes into play when we finally realize who and what we want, and desperately call out for that mate. Singing comes from the same primitive place. Willing to reveal so much, the human mating call can hold an audience captive and make you feel that the singer on stage is calling out for only you. It’s not long before that singer’s poster is up on your bedroom wall.
The logo for my singing studio is a compass, and the tagline is “helping singers find their way.” In the human experience, adolescence and maturity are more complex than just finding the right physical healthy mate as a vehicle to pass on your genes so your own wolf pack will survive one more generation in the wild. It is the time to find your guiding light. What is your calling? How do you overcome adversity? What ideas make your voice and face light up? When life becomes tossed by a night storm at sea, how do you navigate? Working with your voice can help you find these things as well. If you can find your inner compass, you have a better chance of steering your ship and your life skillfully, to a new shore you can call your own.
Buy your copy of "Singing - Body and Soul" at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Kindle and NOOK. Also available in paperback at Little City Books in Hoboken NJ.