I woke up this morning thinking about voice and about a movie I enjoyed last night. On Fridays, Sister #1 and I often meet at a local “art theatre” where out-of-the-mainstream movies appear. Peace, Love and Misunderstanding with Jane Fonda is destined to become a cult film inspired by the 1960’s. In the movie, Jane is outspoken in sharing the life her character leads. As a person in life, Jane Fonda is a woman who fearlessly shared her voice even when it angered the world. At seventy or more, she shows that women can still be active, viable, and unashamed.
I looked in the book Fruitflesh: Seed of Inspiration for Woman who Write to see if there was an exercise on voice. See past posts at Fruitflesh and Fruitflesh: Scent Exercises
Nothing titled specifically as Voice, but I realized that the act of writing is giving Voice to ones thoughts.
The book exercise I’ve chosen is titled ‘Identifying Marks’. It begins with a beautiful quote by Thoreau comparing life to an apple tree. Then the author, Gayle Brandeis, goes on “Life leaves its mark on us. Every scar that puckers on our skin, every stretch mark, every wrinkle, every freckle tells a story of who we are and where we’ve been”. The exercise asks the reader/writer to tell stories about the marks, tell about the patterns they create (constellations of freckles, crinkle of wrinkles, lightening streaks of stretch marks), write about how they got there and what you’ve learned. It is an exercise about your unique physical identity.
As I think about Voice, human utterances, there is the physical sound of one’s voice and how the face muscles move when talking, singing, moaning, crying. Are spoken words loud or soft, articulate or garbled? Have you every felt voiceless? Or been shushed?
The voice inside wants freedom.