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Know What Inspires You

Know What Inspires You

When you are moved by those things that inspire you, it can lead to a boost in creativity –says Simone Niles

Sometimes you feel stimulated and inundated with inspiration and at other times tapping into inspiration seems to require great effort!

The key is to know what inspires you. So, What inspires you to be a singer?

The Meaning of Inspiration

Inspiration means literally, “to breathe in and be filled with spirit of the gods”.Inspiration means literally, “to breathe in and be filled with spirit of the gods”.

The muses were the goddesses of inspiration of literature and the arts in ancient Greece.

Greek myth explained that all creativity came from the gods and that mortals (that’s us) can only receive somewhat imperfect copies of the originals.

If you don’t believe in muses, try a modern definition of inspiration on for size: “a motivating action or influence that results in creative works and productivity of all kinds”.

Try Some Stimuli

Internal stimuli – sometimes through your own inner reflection you can find inspiration to go out there and do what you love.

What is it about singing that motivates you? What do you feel passionate about? Do you feel a sense of fulfillment when singing?

The answers to these questions are the first steps you will take on the road to inspiration.

External stimuli – then there are times you can grab your inspiration from those around you and other external references such as nature or a good book.

Does a specific artist inspire you? What specifically?

It may be the way they sing, their appearance, their story and/or their success as an artist.

Boost Your Creativity

When you are moved mentally and emotionally by those things that inspire you, it can lead to a boost in creativity.

It may give you the motivation to do and be better as a singer and in life in general.It may give you the motivation to do and be better as a singer and in life in general.

As singers, we thrive when inspired. It allows us to nurture and develop our art and by doing so open the door to creating wonderful experiences through singing, composing and performing.

Learn what inspires you and make it a part of your life so that you can in turn inspire others.

I’ve had such a wonderful time being your coach this past month and I’d like to leave you with one final quote:

“In order to be the best you can be, you must do the best you can do.”

My Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Videos

Alan Wheeler Alan Wheeler – “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green (Cover)

Good job Alan; you are a confident and entertaining performer. How great that you could sing to those taking part in a marathon. You have a good sense of timing and moved well on stage. When performing in such a lively manner, you want to focus on keeping as much control as possible vocally. You can achieve this by connecting to your support muscles and maintaining good posture throughout your performance. You’ve done well to interact with your audience and had a good overall performance.

Rachel Greco Rachel Greco – “Breathe” by Blacklisted Me (Cover)

Hi Rachel, well done for paying attention to your posture while playing the guitar. Your tone is fairly nasal at points that don’t suit every part of the song. To open your tone more, place the sound more forward in your mouth, allowing it to come away from your nose and articulate your words more. There were glimpses of good facial expression during your performance and you seemed unsure of where to look at times. Remember that to captivate your audience you want to show that you are comfortable connecting with them. This can be a bit scary, but you can do it! Keep practicing.

Jody Cooper Jody Cooper – “Use Me” by Bill Withers (Cover)

Hi Jody, nice setup you have there with your friends; you have a great sound together. The first thing I want you to pay attention to is your microphone technique. There’s nothing like putting in the vocal work and it getting lost because your mouth moves off and on the microphone. Also make sure the mic is the right height and that you don’t need to lift your head to reach it as this causes some restriction around your larynx. You have a nice tone and included some good volume and tonal contrast, just work on being consistent which will come with more vocal exploration and practice. Great work!

Simon NilesSimone Niles is a leading vocal and performance coach and an author on performance enhancement. She has a busy private teaching practice in London and teaches at The Institute of Contemporary Music, where she is MD of the college’s vocal ensemble. Her book “Coaching for Performance Excellence”, gives artists innovative ways to achieve performance excellence; it is available from her website.


  • Jody

    Hi Simone, it Jody. Great article and thanks for the feedback on my performance! Yes, I know what you mean…I’d deliberately not worn headphones so it was a case of getting a rough vocal level and hoping (with all my moving around) that it would turn out all right! ;) Yup, I really do need to watch the height of my mic – I don’t think I’m conscious it’s at the wrong height at the time so I will try and be more aware.

    Thanks again and hope all’s well in your world,