Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In vocal health - some things you just can't control

As many of you saw last week, I brought you the post Dear Adele: The first thing is not to do harm.. In that post, I discussed vocal health in relation to the singer Adele and her recent laser surgery following a vocal hemorrhage.

I also discussed singer Celine Dion and her vocal issues early in her career - most notably, how she underwent rehabilitation and ultimately learned how to care for her voice in a way that would stave off surgery. From that post:
Today, Celine Dion is still singing ... healthfully. Last March, her current show Celine began it's 3-year residency of 70 shows per year in Las Vegas. And, Dr. Riley [Dion's vocal guru] still works with her - often flying to Las Vegas to do so.
It was brought to my attention, by my better half of course, that I failed to mention that sometimes there are circumstances beyond a singer's control which will end up effecting their voice. Acid Reflux is one. Allergies is another. A virus is yet another. These are things that will effect the vocal cords in such a manner that sometimes singers don't know it until it is too late.

While, yes, more often than not we can listen to a singer and know based on how they use their voice that they may end up in vocal trouble. But, simply assuming that a singer has run into vocal trouble because of miss-use is not entirely fair. I stand corrected.

And not a moment too soon because it was announce yesterday that - some 24 years after her initial vocal trouble - Celine Dion has been forced to cancel upcoming shows in Las Vegas due to vocal trouble. Variety reports that Dion has recently been having problems with her vocal chords and was force to cancel shows this past weekend:
"I tried to sing at my soundcheck last week, and I had no control of my voice whatsoever," said Dion. "We thought that after a few days rest I would improve but it wasn't getting any better. … This is the worst thing for a singer. I feel worse knowing that I'm disappointing my fans. I'm so sorry. I hope they forgive me."
While the Associated Foreign Press reports:
After difficulties last week forced her to cancel weekend performances, she decided to seek advice from laryngeal physiology expert Gerald Berke in Los Angeles.

The five-time Grammy winner "flew to Los Angeles on Monday afternoon and had a thorough examination at Professor Berke's clinic," Dion said in a statement, adding that the doctor "diagnosed Celine with weakness in her right vocal chord, secondary to a viral illness."

Berke prescribed resting her vocal chords "in order for Celine to completely recover from this condition," ...
Dion was told to put all shows on hold until June 9, when she will restart her Caesars engagement. Rest those cords, Celine!


grahamophone said...

It just occurred to me that classically trained opera singers, for example, change their repertoire as they get older. Their voice grows, they sing other stuff. It seems to me (although I can't say I've been following her career all that closely), Celine Dion has been trying to make the exact same sound for two decades. Something's gotta give.

Anonymous said...

That's very unfortunate. I can feel Adele's pain. I just hope her vocal health problems will be cured immediately. laser clinics australia

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