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Hitting the Right Notes

Hitting the Right Notes Marlene Buffa

When asked his favorite instrument, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart responded, "the human voice." Perhaps Mozart considered the voice to be God's authentic expression while human-made instruments, although artfully played, provided simply a conduit through which true music traveled. When we think about the complexity of singing—either on the level of a Mozart opera or in the shower—we notice the elements involved.

The proper pitch or the correct word held for the exact amount of time in a certain tempo, the articulation of the vowels and consonants and, of course, breathing and proper positioning of the tongue all contribute to what we call singing. When we enjoy a melody almost involuntarily, we enjoy a life that demonstrates the synchronization of our efforts and produces the most pleasing outcomes.