Liberal, conservative. Democrat, Republican. Blue, Red. Us, them. Right, wrong.
Wasteful, managed. Uncontrolled, contrived. Offensive, defensive. Public, private.
Left, right. Hot, cold. Up, down. Forward, back. Bright, dark. Loud, soft.
Left brain, right brain. Spontaneous, planned. Allowing, making. Instinct, calculation. Imagination, discipline.
You get the point. These are pairs of apparent opposites, at least strongly contrasting. Consider further:
Clear, veiled. Focused, spread. Chiaro, oscuro. Onset, release. Resistance, flow.
Florid, sustained. Dynamic, static. Principal, interest. Expansion, compression. Give, take. Talent, technique.
Balance. Balance is found not only through compromise. Sometimes it exists because of independent, complementary qualities or activities.
Balance is not always a 50/50 equation. Sometimes it may seem different from day to day, or moment to moment.
In the human and political arena, it is increasingly difficult to find moderation or balance, as people are grouping themselves at the fringes. Balance is not always a matter of right or wrong; sometimes it is “how much” or “when.” I often say in lessons and classes, “never say never.” (To quote Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, “hardly ever.”)
Not only politicians, voters, and institutions around the world negatively label others and their views. Singers and artists often do the same. Sometimes, as we mature (not simply chronologically!), we learn to respect “the other” and learn from those who advocate it.
The singer/student must not fear exploring new and apparently contradictory techniques. The wise teacher will encourage the student to experiment.
Specific application of truth and technique may change, as specifics of the situation change. Yet, if one is diligent and honest in his/her work and practice, basic truths will be more deeply comprehended and trusted.
We must not approach today’s opportunities with yesterday’s stale understanding of valid techniques and concepts.
Update your relationship with the truth. Don’t be afraid. Truth is not limited by time.