The other day, I got the comments back from the marker on that performance I mentioned in my first "Discrepancies" post. I thought that her notes on Imagination/personal voice (though, as an aside, I thought this fitted better into stagecraft, but anyway):
You are capable of conveying strong emotion in your voice. Bring this out more. The song is slightly angry and defiant; can you be more theatrical in the way you carry this off onstage? There is something about your persona which could gel more with the feel of the song. It feels like you are sitting a little outside of it as you sing. Can you lose yourself more in the performance? Also, think about dress, hair, maybe take off your glasses or wear contacts? It is a raw, tough song and it would be good to see you in a rawer, less safe and controlled state when you sing it.
I'll do a bit of a deconstruction of this, sentence by sentence pretty much. Just to make it easier to follow, I'll put in on a new line for each sentence.
I know; I had a bit of a cold/cough that day.
I intend to.
Slightly? I would have said significantly, but OK....as for being more theatrical, I can do it, but it does get difficult when I'm constantly in that higher register. Whether I will do it or not remains to be seen.
Err....you really don't know me, so you can't really say that. And there really isn't.
Aye, because I don't really agree with it, and it makes me a bit uncomfortable singing it in front of people who are my friends, who might think this actually is me.
I could, but I doubt I will.
I'm not going to spike my hair or something, if that's what you're meaning. And I really don't wear contacts. Taking my glasses off is OK, but I wouldn't do it.
It is a raw/tough song, but I'm neither a raw or tough person. Aye, it is a bit of a mismatch between singer and song, but there you go. I had to sing something, and I didn't get anyone asking me, so I had to ask someone. :P