We all know that whichever health problems we have, the best way to conquer them is, first of all, to prevent it. However, if it already happened, the second best way to deal with it is non-surgically, if possible.
The third apparent way is to embark on a surgical procedure. However, the latter is much more dangerous than the other two options.
And lastly, there is Sam Smith, who luckily came out of the O.R, but with no ability to speak for quite a few weeks.
The rest remains to be seen.
I wish him all the best and a full recovery of his vocal injury. However, with the best scenario, what is going to change after the vocal surgery? Hopefully, the vocal cords will be repaired and the bleeding will stop.
For how long though?
In other words, the “instrument” is going to be fixed, but what about the “player”?
Let’s suppose that the most famous pianist, Liberace, would try to extract the sound from his pink Grand Piano, hammering at it; what would happen to that famous Grand Piano he was transporting, along with him, everywhere he was touring? Let’s presume that it happened and the famous pianist found a famous piano repair specialist. Liberace paid him enough money to fix his favorite Grand Piano.
Poor Liberace is still continually hammering the aforementioned Grand Piano.
So take a wild guess… What happens next?
It is very easy to guess; his famous pink Grand Piano will be ruined one more time again. If you are still wondering why, this is the answer…
Because nothing had changed! The instrument was fixed, but the player is still hammering…
So, if any singer undergoes a vocal surgery will continue singing in the same manner as he did before, no doubts the problem will reoccur and might get even worse the second time around.
Look at John Mayer.
He removed one polyp, than regained two. Then removed two and regained more.
And lastly, look at Adele’s case.
After bleeding polyp surgery and five month of silence after the fact, she luckily regained most of her voice.
But when (right before embarking on the performance at the Grammy Awards in 2012, she was asked by the interviewer, who happened to be (CNN’s news caster), Anderson Cooper; “Do you think that it could happen to you ever again?”
Without any hesitation, Adele replied, ABSOLUTELY!
The interviewer asked, “why”?
Adele replied, with absolute certainty “If I decide to go on a 200-date world tour, it would happen again.”
That said, being smart and aware that nothing had changed with respect of her vocal technique whatsoever, she then totally knew that the initial voice problem would occur over and over again.
We all know that she never went on any tour after her vocal surgery.
As a matter of fact, I know that she wanted to take a five-year break right after that occurrence.
The whole ordeal scared her out of her wits, understandably so.
Since she had the understanding that her vocal application and technique of doing it before the vocal injury has not been altered in any shape or form, evidently, the new vocal injury will occur over and over again.
The moral of it is: there is no change, without change.
If the vocal application and vocal technique are not modified in such a way that the vocal cords and the whole vocal anatomy would be released from the pressure of the sound, the vocal injury will, no doubt, occur again and again…
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