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Singing, together with dancing and sex, are generally considered the three primal ways of expression, producing endorphins, the happiness hormones. If you’re desperate, sport apparently also works.
And to me, the quest of finding my true pure voice, trying to find a way of letting go of all mannerisms and defense mechanisms, has also been the most dangerous path I have ever had to walk—yet also the most rewarding.
Remedies for Sorrow or Pain
- Weeping or groaning
- The sympathy or company of friends
- Contemplation of truth
- Sleeping and taking baths~ St. Thomas Aquinas ‘Summa Theologica’ 1274
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Working and working and waiting and waiting for years and years, the only way, at last, is in the poem going through a stone, a metaphor to which I discovered a very personal physical connection. Read on and I’ll explain. Suddenly a miracle happens, and through unexpected means, the apparently incompatible parts are brought together again, now much stronger than before.
Learning ‘Engführung’ was just what my voice needed, there are screams, whispers, loud and soft passages, prophetic visions, anxieties, enormous outbursts and quiet prayer. This extreme challenge made my voice suddenly respond in a totally different way than before and open up like it had not done ever. And being physically weaker meant that I always had to rely on flexibility and subtlety and not on my good old means, force.
Singing this text through every day, going with my voice every day into the abyss and emerging with a triumphant, ‘Nothing is lost. Hosianna!’ was such an unexpectedly and delightfully therapeutic process, that I started contemplating the big healing powers of singing.
I started listening to all kinds of singers, to feel where I was touched, what made me cry or laugh instantly, try to analyze why it worked and why some artists are instant successes, even with moderate vocal means, while others seem have the whole package and leave no special impact.
What really worked among the great entertainers, was their ability to go on stage and enjoy themselves. Sort of saying, ‘Hello, how nice you are all here, I intend to have a good time, and you are all so welcome to be part of my party.’
I would have conversations between my Leo Moon and my Virgo Sun conjunction. Big hearted, childish, creative Moon being sometimes instantly inconsolable, sometimes overly playful; and reasonable, organized Sun saying, yes, I understand so well, but another way of doing it could be like this, and finding a constructive way of releasing all the creative energy.
Die, if that you have to,
Life will not so hard appear,
Death you lightly pass through.’
My own coming path seems to develop from my experiences till today. I sing, I teach, I coach, I write, I play and I love it all. I am happy not to know what the future brings. I feel well prepared to improvise, whatever may come. And I am excited about the coming Pluto/Uranus square, very fittingly squaring/opposing my solitary Venus.
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Mads also reflects the diverse, multifaceted nature of a Chironic individual—a multilingual, successful opera singer, a writer, and a man with all the ingredients to become a professional astrologer, should he choose to take on one of Chiron’s other roles.
He welcomes correspondence: madselungjensen[at]gmail.com. Visit his Facebook page and new web site when it's up by the end May, www.madselung-jensen.de. When asked to give us a favorite clip of him singing, Mads chose Mahler, Songs of a Wayfarer: ‘I have a glowing knife in my chest’ with Tom Ernst, Piano, live in Copenhagen, 2008.
Photo Credit: Opening Pisces constellation © ganko - Fotolia.com