An Interview with The Boston Imposters

I was fortunate to meet Maire Clement, and consequently her now husband and music-making partner, Davey Harrison, in the fall of 2017. That was when I began going through Linda Brice’s Transformational Voice® Teacher Apprenticeship Training Program for the second time, this time as assistant teacher.

I love the people, their music, the way this couple approaches life, and am thrilled to present this 34-minute interview, which closes with a rousing rendition of “The Quarantine Blues”.

You can find The Boston Imposters here: https://www.thebostonimposters.com/.  Go on and support their music-making now, will ya?!

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Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Four Steps for More Comfortable and Confident Public Speaking

I’m pleased to have had the honor of being asked to provide a guest blog post for Nancy Christie’s “A Writer’s Place.” You can see it and learn the Four Steps for More Comfortable and Confident Public Speaking right here!

The next Saturday Voice Lab: Improv & Technique is Saturday morning, 10/17, 10:30-noon. Just $20. Register here! https://laurahandke.com/

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Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

How the Brain Works. Or Doesn’t.

My mother, Sally, turned 75 on September 21st. A milestone! She married my father at the age of 18, and birthed me smack dab 9 months later, still at the age of 18. I, of course, don’t remember this, but I’m told I was practically born in the car before they arrived at Watertown Memorial Hospital.

Apparently, I was very eager to get out into the world.

But certainly not to become a wife or mother at the age of 18. I graduated from high school at 17. At 18, I was just starting college, and marriage and motherhood were the very last things on my mind.

On my mind was compiling change with my friend Sandie so we could put enough gas in her 1972 green Pontiac LeMans to make it to the Lucky Lady in time for 99 cent pitchers of 3.2 beer. We’d get there early for happy hour, buy four pitchers, save a table, and let the beer sit there and get warm for all of our friends coming later.

But, I digress. This really isn’t about how our brains work. Or perhaps it is. Perhaps all those pitchers of cheap, warm beer, along with the wine choices that have come since, have impacted my brain capacity to this day.

All the same, this is what I meant. Sometimes we get stuck in old thinking ruts, regardless of how much or how little cheap, warm beer we drank in college.

My brother and I coordinated on a gift to be delivered to Mom, but I also wanted to send her a little package to unwrap along with my birthday card and letter. Mom used to love Erma Bombeck, so I thought she would enjoy a book from my humor writer friend, Dorothy Rosby, who happens to live in Rapid City, South Dakota.

I placed an order well in advance of Mom’s birthday and – even with Amazon Prime – was told the book may not arrive until after her birthday. So, I talked with Dorothy about her mailing me one directly. Then we both started wondering if the shipping from Amazon is so delayed because of the wildfires everywhere, and if her shipment might be as well. I decided just to forget it, and send Mom the book later, for no occasion, after it arrives from Amazon.

Can anyone tell me why it didn’t occur to either Dorothy or me sooner that I can just mail Mom my copy of I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better? when another is coming to me from Amazon?

Like my husband said, it’s like looking everywhere for your glasses when they’ve been on top your head the whole time. It also reminded me of the time I forgot that ducks fly. https://laurahandke.com/simply-authentic-your-soul-voice-is-calling-the-stupidest-thing-i-ever-said/

The next Saturday Voice Lab: Improv & Technique is Saturday morning, 10/3, 10:30-noon. Just $20. Register here! https://laurahandke.com/

You can find the funny words of Dorothy Rosby here: https://dorothyrosby.com/

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Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Is It The End of the World, or the Beginning of Your Voice?

I had a breakthrough in my first voice lab with Laura Handke. I had never before made the connection between breathing and speaking, so at first it was awkward. After some practice, I remembered other meditative practices like mindful eating, breathing, and movement. Laura’s technique can be described as mindful speaking. After just one session, I am more cognizant and attentive about how sound travels through me and how to effectively use my vocal cords. The skills I am learning in Laura’s Voice Lab: Vocal Improv & Technique will make me a confident and effective speaker. I’m excited to continue this practice with Laura and look forward to this mindful voice journey! -Sidra Nasir, Portland, OR

Between COVID, politics, police brutality, police kindness, racism, standing up again racism, protests and riots, now being surrounding by wildfires here in Oregon – if I were a member of some religions, I’d think the apocalypse was here, that the end of the world is coming.

Being more spiritual than religious, I prefer to think of it as the end of the world as we know it, like REM once sang. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY

Geez, though, none of this is easy! It doesn’t just seem like one thing after another is happening, it actually is. I may be a positive thinker but hearing about people I love needing to evacuate their homes and smelling smoke, even inside our well-insulated house, is scary. Fortunately, rain is predicted soon.

What can we do? Or perhaps I should say what did I do? I let go of expectations. A bunch of stuff I was supposed to do didn’t happen at all. And I made it okay. Instead, I did stuff that made my creative juices flow, that brought me joy, as Martha Beck always suggests.

I took naps. I coordinated with my brother about a gift for our mother’s 75th birthday. I scheduled a reading of a play my co-author and I have been working on. Kitten Linn is a never-ending source of joy whether she’s nice kitty or crazy kitty. We love all of her energy. I sang songs I hadn’t sung in a while after having a lesson with my teacher. Performed in on-line karaoke. I considered different improv exercises for the next voice lab. And I didn’t walk outside because of all of the smoke. I did yoga stretches inside instead when I wasn’t taking an extra nap, with the kitten.

And I came to the realization that sometimes just having a relatively clean house, doing laundry and making dinner is enough. If you don’t have the energy to clean, do laundry or cook, that’s okay, too. Sometimes we just need to nap. The energy will come later. One thing to remember is you can be the vessel for God’s voice in these hard times. That’s one thing that has helped me.

The next Saturday Voice Lab: Improv & Technique is Saturday morning, 9/19, 10:30-noon. Just $20. Register here! https://laurahandke.com/

I had a breakthrough in my first voice lab with Laura Handke. I had never before made the connection between breathing and speaking, so at first it was awkward. After some practice, I remembered other meditative practices like mindful eating, breathing, and movement. Laura’s technique can be described as mindful speaking. After just one session, I am more cognizant and attentive about how sound travels through me and how to effectively use my vocal cords. The skills I am learning in Laura’s Voice Lab: Vocal Improv & Technique will make me a confident and effective speaker. I’m excited to continue this practice with Laura and look forward to this mindful voice journey! -Sidra Nasir, Portland, OR

Please spread the love and pass this along to a friend!

Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

Come Play With Your Voice Saturday Morning!

You’ve probably heard that public speaking is the number one fear of many people, and consistently in the top three. It might not be for you, but probably is for someone you know.

For many people, public singing triples that fear. An accomplished and intelligent friend, author of several books, said to me recently, “Yikes! The thought of singing in front of anyone makes me hyperventilate.” I’m a voice teacher, and I suffer from performance anxiety when singing solo in public!

According to National Geographic, there are plenty of cultures where oral storytelling and song are a part of everyday life, like the Native American Choctow, Native Hawaiian and peoples of Western Africa, as just a few examples. Not so much in the United States where well-known public speakers have TED talks and rich and famous musicians are thought to have been “born that way,” with exceptional talent.

What a load of crap!

The vocal instrument is complicated. In a culture where singing is thought to be for the privileged few, it takes passion, study and dedication to learn to sing to the best of your ability. I learn something new each time I have a lesson with my voice teacher, Linda, the founder of Transformational Voice®.  

However, vocalization should also be great fun!

Many people who need to publicly speak don’t enjoy it. Other speakers aren’t effective; the people in the audience can’t hear them, aren’t engaged, are even bored to the point of falling asleep. (I’ve been in that audience; haven’t you?!) The same is as true on Zoom now as it was when we were in conference rooms and auditoriums pre-COVID days.

Let’s avert all these problems, shall we? Let’s have fun with our voices and learn how to better use them for just $20! Saturday Voice Lab: Vocal Improv & Technique (for adult students, speakers and singers) is September 5, 10:30 – Noon, via Zoom. Register here: https://laurahandke.com/

Thanks for helping Morgan – her voice class with you has been one of her favorite activities. She is shy – and I love the way it’s giving her confidence in words. I can see it when she speaks to others or even when she has acted and made short videos. I appreciate that you are inspiring – which makes kids want to learn more. You’re fabulous! And so great with helping kids strengthen the inner voice…so they can belt the outer one! 😊 – Janet H

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Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)

How Abella Found Her Voice & Saturday Voice Lab: Vocal Improv & Technique!

My first book on vocal training is done! What a wild ride; I’m excited for you to experience it!

Here are words of praise (all five-star reviews so far) for How Abella Found Her Voice:

It’s not just the vivid images that bring “How Abella Found Her Voice” to life. It’s the smells, tastes and sounds it conjures up in the reader’s imagination. And like any good fable, it has an important lesson—to find and use your authentic voice. Along with Abella, the reader begins to learn how. -Dorothy Rosby

I may not be a singer, but a message about finding our true authentic voice can resonate with anyone. I love how this short tale brought me in, carried me throughout each chapter, and left me remembering that when we’re guided by our heart, naturally we are lead to our inner power. -Ashley-Ann Pereira 

Laura has a magical way of teaching while harnessing the power of storytelling. Not only did I learn about harnessing the power of voice, I was able to absorb the information in an entertaining and engaging way! Well done Laura! -Kwesi

Through vivid and compelling storytelling, Laura Handke makes learning fun in “How Abella Found Her Voice.” Abella’s journey is not only inspiring and educational, but also leads the reader on an adventure of self-discovery. Laura’s passion for the power of music and helping others find their authentic voice really shines in this delightful book. Thank you, Laura! -Gina Williams

Get it here, with all six short videos, for just $14.95: https://laurahandke.com/product/how-abella-found-her-voice-e-book/

Our daughter has been thriving under Laura’s instruction over the course of the past year. Our daughter has not only gained knowledge of vocal skills and improved her singing, Laura’s nurturing influence has helped her confidence and self-esteem soar. We are so grateful for Laura’s positive and caring influence and feel so glad that she is giving our daughter a gift she will carry with her for the rest of her life.  -Elizabeth H.

Saturday Voice Lab: Vocal Improv & Technique (for adult students, speakers and singers) begins via Zoom September 5th! 10:30 – noon PST every other Saturday, just $20. Check the home page https://laurahandke.com/ to pay and register. This is going to be so much fun!

Your voice lessons are making a difference in my poetry readings and public speaking, my teacher. Lots of luv for ya! – Emmett

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Love Your Voice & Voice Your Love,

Laura

Lake Oswego’s Transformational Voice® Teacher (Transformational Voice® is a registered trademark of Transformational Voice® Training Institute, LLC, and Linda Brice.)