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4 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
are not multiple, they will not be able to render the song "justly," they will deform it by too rich or too stiff a voice — always limited to their register.
I repeat the Chansonneur must have no limit in expressing herself or himself. The minute the Chansonneur is limited, he is not any more a singer of songs.
Because to sing songs means possessing all possibilities to sing all songs.
La Chanson is not one song. La Chanson is multiple, and you must have multiple powers, multiple colors, multiple voices.
We singers of songs, we are painters. Our voices are there to color the story, the picture we exhibit. We must illustrate our songs as an actress her part with many colors, that is to say, many vocal colors, and so help the public to see with their eyes what they hear with their ears.
Only a series of voices can produce this.
Of course I know how dangerous this is for the voice, and for this reason I never advise a student to indulge in such vocal gymnastics, as the beginner does not know how to direct the vocal mechanism of his voice.
For instance, it gives some songs more color if you sing them en poitrine (on the chest regis-