i think you are a better artist than you know.

doesn't matter if you understand everything i write. hey, i don't either---i have to reread what i have written because i write fast, don't edit---because i want it to be "real" and not contrived.

you have a real beauty in your thinking and i can see that----

so if you have the gift--- be "just who you are"--

i figure that by me being unafraid to say what i am feeling that it will encourage others to do so.

maybe not in this room---but somewhere

this i know for sure---as artists we need to communicate and share our passion for the music and for life with one another

having no energy is the worst thing for an aritst---it's the lonliest place on earth

everything comes back to "energy"

the back and forth flow of it

when this room began i wrote pieces on "aerobic breathing" for singers---but the room kind of died and this text was lost

if anyone wants  to ask me questions about singing--arranging---etc i would be glad to give my take

but the room seemed to take on a life of it's own with just my clicking out my thoughts randomly---for good or for bad

there is no chance to be a fine performer if we "hide" who we are.

i've known some potentially great artists---that never will be---because they will "go into roles" and when they aren't in one they will "hide" their real identity----sad----so sad to me--can't be around it.

you express yourself beautifully in writing---and i think you are a very "real" artist.

i'd be interested to hear some of your work---in whatever form---

the most beautiful thing in the world ----is someone who is unafraid to disclose themselves

because it means they will "divulge" themselves in the music

there can be no intimacy without the willingness to be viewed.

intimacy is neccessary in all things of passion

if the music is passionless---who needs it?

and boy, do we all need it-----and love it.

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