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    I used to sing all the time. In the car, at all the small community powwows, impromptu 49s, dance demonstrations etc., etc. I felt confident about the stamina, strength and voice range of my voice.

    Now that it is winter, I rarely sing anymore.

    At a powwow last week, the lead singer pointed at me to pick up the lead the fifth time through of a very lively intertribal song. I strained to sky at the level the song was at. I wasn't used to this. When pointed to lead the sixth time through, I shook my head "no" and the lead was passed to someone else.

    As the powwow went on, the cobwebs left and my voice warmed up and became stronger and I was able to easily reach the "sky" range.

    Whew!

    Has this happened to you?
    Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

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    Quite common...esp. since you're not in the situation where you're singing as often in that capacity. What I've found is that I "sing differently" for leads as opposed to when I'm singing as a second. Sometimes, after I've "warmed up", I forget what I'm doing, get carried away, and lose my voice.



    You ever experience this?

    LSS
    To get a true picture of your purpose in life, you only get the whole picture when you listen with your mind, your ears and your heart. This way The Creator has a direct connection with you and only you...no outside interference.

    When you follow the will of IT that created you, understanding that your purpose is not for you...but for IT and all that IT has created, there can be no wrong except failure to be obedient. Only then do we jeopardize the gifts we are given.

    Its not the final destination that defines us, rather the journey taken!

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      Originally posted by LSS View Post
      Quite common...esp. since you're not in the situation where you're singing as often in that capacity. What I've found is that I "sing differently" for leads as opposed to when I'm singing as a second. Sometimes, after I've "warmed up", I forget what I'm doing, get carried away, and lose my voice.



      You ever experience this?

      LSS

      LSS,

      If I lead a song, I set the tone and I like my leads to be strong and clear.

      If I am at a drum where we sing full sets of songs, like in Oklahoma, I pace myself so that I can contribute for the entire duration.

      If we are set up at the Gathering or Denver March and are only going to sing once or twice per session/day - I go for it!
      Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

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