Updated: Aug 24, 2020
As I sit down every few weeks to map out and record articulation exercises, tongue twisters and rogue poems, my why bubbles to the surface. Because, really, there are a million other things I could be doing.
Why this? Why strings of gibberish? With no textbook other than the compass of my impulse, my why, what for, za chem, stems back to joy. Because it brings me joy.
“Of any activity you do, ask yourself: If I were the last person on earth, would I still do it?” - Steven Pressfield
If I were the last person on earth, I would still be making syncopated gibberish threads of consonants and vowels. I would still do my breathing exercises. I would still maneuvering my face in weird ways because that's my practice of daily devotion.
Even if I don't have a show, I still show up.
From the beginning, the Ilkhom instilled the principle of rabotay nad soboy / work on the self. An unwavering, visceral, ecstatic commitment to artistic growth. From doing my dishes to riding the metro to dreaming up new projects, my love rests in the process of creation. The process is what brings me joy.
And what does joy provoke-invoke-evoke !? Resonance. The desire and space for resonance. Is that not why we go to the theatre or the performance or the concert? We want to revel in resonance.
What is your activity, your why? Even if you were the last person on earth, would you still do it?
For today's twisty tongue exercise, I was drawn to the th-th-th of threaded sounds.
This, that, the other is a great add-on.
Th is very challenging for non-native English speakers. From watching my Russian classmates try to tackle these sounds, I know that it can quickly turn into zay-zay-zay or si-si-si. Of course, my former classmate (now husband) Akmal managed to own his th's from the beginning :).
Let's on unearth our why and revel in the resonance!
Vnimaniye - Nachali,