lunes, 25 de junio de 2018
Voices say more than words. Unknowingly, what words sometimes generate in other people is not what we think we are saying. This is related to the “tone”, the attitude and the “charge” or intentionality. The way we say what we say can make the same words have different meanings for different people. That is why every oral communicator should know the capabilities of their instrument concerning what they want to say. If we say "I love you" and the tone we use is punitive, these words do not convey the actual value of their meaning. The same would occur in the opposite situation when saying "I hate you" with a sensual and proximate tone. Voices have a trademark. Some voices remain in the memory forever. Voices are unattainable, and yet, a part of the body. The mother’s loving voice is part of the intimate contact, right from the belly. Besides, voices carry the mood of the speakers and convey it directly. “What a voice! What’s the matter?” may be conveyed after a simple “hello” over the phone. At best, the intellectual content and the intentionality confirming the word come together in the same word. By listening to voices, we can learn a lot about people. An exhausted voice, repeatedly hoarse or with extra air shows a difficulty behaviour that may be caused by a state of anguish. There are people for whom "having" to communicate is stressful, so the voice does not connect with the person's feelings, and therefore, they are not listened to. And that is how we are surrounded by voices that talk to us throughout our lives and generate contacts from memory, from the desire, from fear. Voices can be an effective seduction channel...from locution, from political speech, from loving speech. To have one’s say is to be present. Actors should develop the sound that relates him to the character to speak through it. When somebody has an indistinguishable voice because it is fragile, that person is often overlooked. Frequently, politicians are not present in what they say. They often detach themselves from their words, waste time with words which do not convey any meaning. A speech that is present with the necessary intentionality catches attention and creates silence among the audience. Children pay attention and know how to immediately respond to this. That is how they either have fun and take part or they get bored and leave. They are also the first to perceive humour or love from the tone they are spoken to. As soon as words are spoken, they charge with meaning according to who says them. At best, they turn into a healing channel. If an agitated person with an insufficient voice is spoken to slowly, lovingly, after some minutes, his or her voice starts magically coming up as a result of this contact. It would be worth it to ask who wants to be listened to or who thinks that should be listened to or knows that will never be listened to. That is a good starting point for any vital or transforming communication. Those who want do not speak, but those who can. Those can because they had the space to create a speech in front of others for having been listened to since their childhood. In other words, if we wanted to teach people with proper verbal possibilities, we would have to give them enough silence so that they can speak. Voices are also the soul of singing, although everyone sings, at least, in their heads. Songs are part of that memory which is executed by someone who could touch us emotionally and therefore, remains within us. Words find their way in a voice that can transcend bodies and can remain in the active memory. That is how they outlast the moment and create meaning. That is how we can be sure we are alive now, in front of others and in front of ourselves.