Category Archives: Mind-Body

Labyrinths and the Eleusinian Mysteries The Virtues of the Mystic for the Post-Modern Thinker

The term “Magical Thinking” has often been used derogatorily. When we find ourselves in very practical moods or around very practical people, what we refer to as magical thinking often seems childish and immature. Yet at the same time, when … Continue reading

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Roles Singers Play

When I started out singing opera professionally, I had some very naïve views of ‘the business’. One of them was that if you sang well, you’d be a success. Simply by the fact, in opera, that you had a bella … Continue reading

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Hold on! Let go! Task Positive and Task Negative.

I can remember it as if it were yesterday; puberty and that feeling of longing. I had to get a girlfriend. It completely occupied my daytime and nighttime thinking. There was something about this extraordinary, hormone-induced longing which sent out … Continue reading

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Thermals. A Metaphor for “Ease” in Singing and in Life.

I doubt if there’s anyone who would deny that life is hard, at least sometimes. Yet these same individuals will also doubtlessly admit that on some hours, on some days, things flow with ease. One of my voice teachers, one … Continue reading

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Caffeinated Calmness

You know that feeling of being charged up, ready for action, batteries all at 100%, yet at the same time feeling a profound inner stillness? In younger years, I thought the two states were mutually exclusive. Lately I’ve been experiencing … Continue reading

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That Striving for Perfection– KINTSUKOROI, Wabi-Sabi, Mahayana Buddhism and whatever else

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s that growth impulse in human beings which I find fascinating. Biological growth and psychological growth follow patterns that we can influence, to be sure. When we’re not consciously influencing (learning, working out, dieting, practicing) … Continue reading

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Quick-and-Dirty vs. Slow-and-Detailed

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden As we all know, there are COUNTLESS ways to perceive “Reality”. One thing’s for sure; how we perceive “Reality” determines both how we feel and how we behave. I’m sure you’ve also noticed that it’s … Continue reading

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Motility and Mobility

Evan Bortnick       http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It’s always been a particular fascination of mine how singers move. The raised shoulders, the furrowed eyebrows, the tensed upper lip, the pelvic wave all have both an emotional expression AND a very specific technical, … Continue reading

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Terminology, Semantics and “The MIND”

Evan Bortnick           http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden It fascinates me over and over again how we use terminology and yet it’s not REALLY clear what is meant and what is not. Take the word “MIND”. If we are going to separate “Mind” … Continue reading

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Seeing love everywhere; a dangerous occupation

Evan Bortnick   http://musa-vocalis.de/ Gesangsunterricht Wiesbaden See. Love. Everywhere. Noone knows how ridiculous this sounds more than I do. First time I heard anything similar, I started laughing and couldn’t stop. After all, let’s face it, life’s dangerous. There are a … Continue reading

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