It’s 16 April, and today we celebrate World Voice Day. To quote the official website, “World Voice Day is a worldwide annual event devoted to the celebration of the phenomenon of voice.”
Today we celebrate our voices and the “enormous importance of the voice in our daily life, as a tool of communication, and as an application of a large number of sciences, such as physics, psychology, phonetics, art, and biology.”
We use our voices to communicate, to share our thoughts and ideas, to educate, to make music, to laugh, to cry. Our voices are unique to each of us, and even as we age, our vocal ‘fingerprint’ remains uniquely ours.
World Voice Day serves as a reminder that our voices are fragile, and need to be treated with the same care we afford our eyes, hearing etc. In the same way that we exercise and train our muscles, starting with light training and moving on to more strenuous training as our strength and fitness increase, we can also exercise our voices and mouths with daily voice warm-up exercises. These are particularly valuable if you are likely to find yourself in vocally strenuous situations – if you are doing public speaking, or if you’re a singer or other vocal artist. Hoarseness is a sign that your voice may be overstrained, or even that you suffer from infection, and need to be treated immediately by resting the body as much as possible, drinking lots of water, doing general stress reduction exercises, and avoiding to speak unless really necessary (whispering strains the vocal chords as much as speaking does). When singing or speaking in daily life it is also wise to, as far as possible, operate within our given and familiar vocal range.
Take care of your voice; celebrate your voice; love your voice.