One does not study for a goal. The goal is a mere accident.
Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.
Vocal study before age 20 is likely to be injurious, though some survive it in the hands of very careful and understanding teachers.
The sincerity of the art worker must permeate the song as naturally as the green leaves break through the dead branches in springtime.
In the piano, one has the instrument complete before he begins; but in the case of the voice, the instrument has to be developed by study.
Inspired by the purse rather than the soul, the mercenary side fairly screams in many of the works put out by every day American publishers.
The real artist has no idea that he is sacrificing himself for art. He does what he does for one reason and one reason only-he can't help doing it.
If the student could give up her work on my advice, she had better give it up without it. One does not study for a goal. The goal is a mere accident.
French is, in many ways, more difficult for an English-speaking person to sing. It is so full of complex and trying vowels. It requires the utmost subtlety.
We are rich in the quantity of songs rather than in the quality. The singer has to go through hundreds of compositions before he finds one that really says something.