If we create, we must find our voice. What is that exactly? Have you found your voice?
I’ve read countless quotes from authors who say the same thing over and over, “Write, write and keep writing until you find your voice.”
I think most of us recognize the “voice” of our favorite authors. Each of their “voices” is unique. I can read you some dialogue of a couple of Jersey girls talking in an office and you know it’s Janet Evanovich telling us a Stephanie Plum story. A town with strange folks wandering around and we quickly hear Steven King. One paragraph about a quirky crazy serial killer in Florida and you know you’re reading a Tim Dorsey novel. And on and on.
But “voice” in creativity can mean other things. It can actually be the human voice and its uniqueness is recognized immediately. Think of Sam Elliot, James Earl Jones, Samuel Jackson, Lauren Bacall, Alan Rickman, Vincent Price, Ian McKellan, Christopher Walken, Lee Marvin, Morgan Freeman, Kathleen Turner, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Haysbert, Patrick Stewart….it’s an unending list. As you read each of those names, you can hear them speaking and know who they are.
Business leaders, CEO’s are encouraged to “find their Voice.”
“Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.”—Stephen Covey
There’s no doubt that Steve Jobs found his voice and led and inspired. Another unique voice on and off the basketball court is Magic Johnson.
Musical instruments have a voice but the one creating music strives to find its uniqueness.
“My original interests and intentions in guitar playing were primarily created on quality of tone, for instance, the way the instrument could be made to echo or simulate the human voice.”–Eric Clapton
Of course there are a few fools who “think” they found their voice.
“I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice.”–Kanye West
One of the most unusual voices was created digitally in 1986.
I would like to think of the singing voice the way Strauss characterized it.
“The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.”
I need to tell you about a piano-playing singer who has always had a wonderful voice. But, a singer’s voice can change and grow as they age and interpret songs, your favorite songs, in a new and unique style. Today, Tuesday, a new CD was released by Diana Krall. I’ve always been a fan. But this time I hit the “play” button and after eight bars of music I stopped everything. I froze. I was blown away. Talk about “finding your voice.” Holy Crap! This album is so damn good, you have to run out and buy it. Or download it off of I-Tunes, Amazon, CD Baby, whatever your pleasure. The album is called “Wallflower.”