Happy New Year to you all. Last year I received a lovely surprise in the mail from my colleague Joanna Cazden. Joanna Cazden is an authority on the human voice and all that goes with it. I cannot tell you how many times I have left an ENT doctor scratching my head in amazement at the little that most of them know about singing, it blows my mind. Maybe you’ve have had the same experience? Enter, Joanna. Joanna has bridged the gap for many a singer and/or singing teacher and she has worked hard to educate ENT doctors about singers. She is an accomplished singer and singing teacher herself, and her knowledge of the human voice, technically is second to none in my humble opinion. I have had lessons with her myself and sent her many a student with special needs. So, last year she released a book called “Everyday Voice Care” and was kind enough to send me a copy, although I think I’ve referred over 50 people at this stage, not including this post, so I’m hoping it was well worth it . The information in the book is important for anybody who is serious about their voice and how to take care of it and I was relieved to find out that the information I have been giving to singers all these years is accurate…phew! Singers constantly take their voices for granted. Look at Adele. Amazing singer, without question, but, like most singers, without the proper care, warm up, warm down and strengthening, the instrument is over-worked and will develop problems. I hope that Adele is now getting the right attention and taking care of her instrument, as it is too magnificent to be put on the shelf.
Joanna talks about exercising, diet and allergies, things like steam and nasal rinsing, the right warm ups, the wrong warm ups, when you need to ask for help, and much more. I highly recommend this book and subscribing to her blog. You can read more about it here JOANNA CAZDEN