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Reimagining Beauty – V is for Voice

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For my Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, I am writing about how storytellers, writers, parents, teachers (in other words, just about anyone) can reimagine beauty to be more inclusive. That way, people with disabilities, varying body types and racial backgrounds, etc. (in other words, anyone) can feel and be recognized by the world as the beauties they truly are.

Reimagining Beauty – V is for Voice

At a farmer’s market last summer, I was talking to the seller about the eggplants when a little girl beside me sucked in her breath. Flashing me a β€œSanta’s Here!” smile, she was shook excitedly as she told me about her day. The thing was, I never saw her before in all my life. Noticing all the flies congregating in my wide open mouth, the girl’s mother told me that her daughter listens to my storytelling CD’s. The little girl recognized the sound of my voice, and through my familiar voice, I was an old friend.

The voice cultivates powerful connections.

Recent research confirms that babies listen, in utero, to their mother’s voice. Other research suggests that newborns prefer their mother’s voice over others. Not only do babies learn language from their mothers, listening to a mother’s voice may help a baby develop a loving bond with her.

Familiar voices are beautiful in their familiarity. Even unfamiliar ones can be aural sources of beauty. Whether spoken or sung, a voice can be comforting, sensual, pretty, and so much more.

The voice isn’t only an instrument of speech. Everyone has a voice in the way they write words or formulate their spoken lexicon. That kind of voice can also be beautiful.

There is also inherent beauty in the way people give voice to their own personalities. Whether it is physical, political, the way we decorate our homes, or the causes we stand up for, when we give voice to ourselves, it can be beautiful.

Be a voice for broadening the way we portray beauty. Depict characters in stories with beautiful voices in the many ways that voices can be beautiful. Allow your characters to fall in love at first sound. Write about them, tell about them, give your audiences an earful of the myriad possibilities in the beauty of the voice.

What voices in your life are beautiful? Can you think of any voices in literature that are beautiful? Have you ever connected to someone because of something in the sound or tone of voice? Are there voices that call up memories or inspire feelings of a coming home? I’d love to hear from you.

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7 thoughts on “Reimagining Beauty – V is for Voice

  1. There is an inner voice within and thanks for helping it come out. It’s such an inspirational post for story telling and love the girl who chatted with you. Isn’t it beautiful?

  2. Great post, glad to have found it. I love the sound of my son’s voice, my immediate family. They bring me so much joy. In writing, there are so many wonderful voices. JC Oates and Herta Muller come to mind this instant, but so many more.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

  3. Ed Hotaling on said:

    I used to work with some students who are nonverbal. Considering that they are unable to talk, they communicate pretty well. Their voices are in their actions and gestures. It took some getting used to. At first I really had no idea how to react to them, but we became good friends and I miss seeing them. Their voices aren’t the same aas yours and mine, but they are voices just the same.

    • Right – because voice is also like personality. Though it can be a literal thing, it can also be as you describe. Just because one is non-verbal doesn’t mean that one is voiceless. Excellent point! Thanks for adding it.

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