Students often wonder why we do physical warm-ups as part of our vocal training. I suppose I have been doing this so long, that I forget new students do not always understand the absolute necessity of doing so. First of all the voice IS the body. It is controlled by muscles and membrane, like any other bodily function. (Hey, why else when you get sick would you have sometimes have trouble with your voice?) Using your voice for work, as a speaker, teacher or singer/actor requires a healthy body/mind connection and being in tune with the physical sensations for producing healthy sound. It is essential for training your voice, as well. A vocal instructor cannot get inside your body (or head) and feel what you feel; she can lead you toward an understanding of what needs to happen, mostly through the use of exercises that will awaken that in you, while training your body/mind to create sound in a healthy and pleasing way. It isn’t magic, nor is it primarily intellectual, it is primarily physical.

I hope you’ll all come out to see me at Davenport’s in June. It’s my first solo show there, and actually the first real solo show I’ve done in ages, without the now defunct band, and without it being a venue for promoting and assisting other folks to perform. I’m pretty excited! Here’s the blurb, please go to the website and make a reservation:Momretouched (610x900)
June 14, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Vocalist/ songwriter Wendy Parman, is thrilled to make her Davenport’s Cabaret solo debut in ”This is New,” on June 14 , accompanied by Justin Bernard Bowse. Starting a new life is full of twist and turns, and well, this isn’t her first go around. On the pathway of reinvention and reemergence, Wendy explores what it is to look at things anew, through both humor and song. With her penchant for genre shifting, a passion for sumptuous melody and the poetic turn of phrase, Wendy promises to take you through an eclectic celebration of notable songs, both old and new, from Weill to Mancini, to Winehouse, as well as some of her own original tunes.