It is winter (well not quite yet – but my heater, dehumidifier, and winter duvet have become fixtures in my daily life, so let’s pretend it is). Colds have started becoming an issue.
I had an amazing day last Thursday. I scored an understudy for a lead role. Then I had a big rehearsal. As I finished off the rehearsal, I started to shake. I asked the others if the room was cold but it was not. As the rehearsal finished, I shivered. The lady who took me home put this down to the shock of scoring the big understudy role. When I got home, I got into bed with four layers of clothes and I was still not able to get warm. The next morning, I had a full blown cold, and I am still getting rid of the cough and snotty nose components.
For non-singers, a cold is a pain in the nose, some days off work, some annoyance, many used tissues and a lot of coughing.
For singers, colds are a greatly annoying, singing limiting thing. If you force your voice to do things when you have a cold, you can ruin it. Getting pneumonia, which is a side effect from a cold, can have lasting effects on your voice. I am glad I was not singing when I got a bout of it.
Back in high school, I got so many colds just before vocal performances. It seemed like the viruses could smell performance day, and rallied around me a few days before to ensure that I would be infected for the occasion. It was a massive source of stress and when I did not sing, I was so happy that a cold was just a cold, rather than being a barrier to practicing my singing, doing the thing I loved.
Not so much now. I have this massive part to learn, and I have not sung a note. I have missed two rehearsals and I feel like I am letting people down. Yet I know I am doing the best thing for my voice, and hopefully, in the next few days, I will be back into it.