The Bridge from Speech to Song

The Bridge from Speech to Song

I’ve recorded a little impromptu talk here (with an equally impromptu demonstration) of how I’ve been working with poetry lately and crossing the bridge from speech to song. The lines I’m demonstrating come from a poem by St. Teresa of Avila. I also make reference to...
A Brief History of My Voice

A Brief History of My Voice

Since January, I’ve been doing a lot of singing and exploring what it means to sing, speak, and write in our natural voices. I wonder how much real freedom our voices get and the extent to which they are distorted by the culture at large and the media through which we...
Destiny’s Song

Destiny’s Song

“Destiny’s Song” came to me when I was working with the Italian fairy tale Catherine and her Destiny. When Catherine was a young woman, her destiny appeared to her as a goddess and offered her happiness. But she could only have it for half of her...
Song of a Spinner

Song of a Spinner

During the 1990s, when I was enduring the worst of the symptoms of chronic pain and fibromyalgia, I moved inward and shifted my attention to the feminine characters in fairy tales. They seemed to know a lot about being cast out of the mainstream and thrown into...
Mermaid Wisdom

Mermaid Wisdom

Here is an improvised recording I made a little while ago. On that morning, a mermaid swam up from my depths to speak. And sing … if you’re willing to wait for it! Mermaid Wisdom by Michelle Tocher...

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