Take Care of Those Voices!
The cool weather is upon us - 40 deg in Tulsa this morning! For those of you who will be experiencing fall and winter (not you, Florida) I want to pass along a few thoughts on keeping your throat in peak condition.
Here in Oklahoma the weather will go from cool to warm to cool to warm to freezing cold almost without warning. With our rigorous Christmas schedule quickly approaching I am preaching to our singers to begin NOW to:
GET PLENTY OF SLEEP
Nothing repairs the body better than a full night’s rest. The throat is especially vulnerable to late nights and cold mornings. I’m talking to you 18-28 years olds (and those of you who are in denial about your age)! A good night’s sleep is king.
KICK THE COFFEE HABIT
Caffeine in any form acts as a drying agent on the vocal chords, but coffee is the worst culprit. Switch to naturally caffeine free hot tea with liberal amounts of honey and lemon. If you just can’t live without it, make sure to space your coffee intake well away from your rehearsals and performances.
KEEP A BOTTLE OF WATER WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES
Next to sleep, water is the best preventative measure for your throat. The cool dry air not only destroys the moisture in your skin, it has the same effect on your vocal chords. Keeping your throat moist will keep you from straining unnecessarily as you sing.
BUILD UP YOUR BODY’S DEFENSES
Here are a few items we keep around the office/stage:
To help fight off infection: Grapefruit Seed Extract
To build up immunity: Liquid Echinacea
For energy and immunity: EmergenC
For overall throat health: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa - you’re just gonna have to trust me on this one...
FLIP THE DIVA SWITCH
I know I’ve preached vigorously in the past about purging the divas from your team, but sometimes a little diva-ness is needed. Encourage your singers to wrap their necks up in a big comfy scarf, put the sunglasses on and speak in hushed tones. Okay, the sunglasses are optional.
Do what you have to do to make sure you are protecting the those golden pipes!