Something that I feel I and many other musicians have not appreciated enough is the importance of the voice. It is not any form of technology nor is it separate from us in any way; this may be why it seems so much more connected to our thoughts and emotions than using our hands or other ligaments to play an instrument. This is not to say that the voice is inherently more personal or emotionally effective but it would not be difficult to find yourself in that state of mind after thinking on it for a short while. As an improviser one of the easiest habits to fall into is to let your fingers (muscle memory) do the talking rather than yourself. You’ll, also, hear the same remedy just as much:”you should be able to sing whatever you play.” Essentially, your musicality should be developed in your heart and mind before your body does anything. Now, in certain circumstances (such as extremely high tempos) this may just not be the case, but for the wide majority, it is a necessary quality that the musician must have.
I have found the intimacy of this first vocal trio to be profound and am always inspired by their music. Moreover, the simplicity is a satisfying contrast to the university day. One must always be reminded that intellectual and physical musicality are simply tools for the greater purpose of one’s true expression. The bare emotionalism of this genre (both traditional and modern) serves to illuminate the importance and fundamental nature of the voice in music.