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A soprano on her head : right-side-up reflections on life and other performances

Author: Eloise Ristad
Publisher: Moab, Utah : Real People Press, [1982] ©1982
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Eloise Ristad deals here with complex problems which torment and cripple so many of our most creative and talented people, and she does so with compassion, wisdom, and wit. The problem of stage fright, for instance, is a suffering of epidemic proportions in our society, and involves modalities of thought and projections that rob spontaneity and enthusiasm in artistic performance. Those interested in creative  Read more...
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Ristad, Eloise.
Soprano on her head.
Moab, Utah : Real People Press, ©1982
(OCoLC)639631242
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eloise Ristad
ISBN: 0911226206 9780911226201 0911226214 9780911226218
OCLC Number: 8114721
Description: 203 pages : illustrations, music ; 23 cm
Contents: Meet the soprano --
The book of judges --
Shall we dance? --
Inner clowns --
Sure, I had lessons --
Someone bumped the checkerboard --
Journey with a view --
None of the old words seem to work --
Meadowlarks, minds, muscles, and music --
Drink your milk; don't drink your milk --
Maybe I should just keep bees! --
Maybe I like my problems --
Clammy hands and shaky knees --
So you were a flop! --
Who, me? Did I play that? --
Soprano on her feet --
Afterword.
Responsibility: by Eloise Ristad.

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Eloise Ristad deals here with complex problems which torment and cripple so many of our most creative and talented people, and she does so with compassion, wisdom, and wit. The problem of stage fright, for instance, is a suffering of epidemic proportions in our society, and involves modalities of thought and projections that rob spontaneity and enthusiasm in artistic performance. Those interested in creative education have long felt that an entirely new, holistic and nurturing process of allowing individuals to discover and express themselves is needed if our educational system is to avoid the neuroses and creative blocks of the past generation. This book illuminates through its conversational style the destructive inhibitions, fears, and guilt experienced by all of us as we fail to break through to creativity. This story is told to me day after day in conservatories and college campuses around the world. Indeed I felt at times that she was telling of my own most petty and debilitating fears. But what is important, A Soprano on Her Head supplies answers and methods for overcoming these universal psychological blocks--methods that have not only been proven in her own studio, but which trace back through history to the oldest and wisest systems of understanding the integration of mind and body. The work bears scrutiny both scientifically and holistically. - Foreword.

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