The market place has been and will be abundant with copy explaining the “secret” of communicating information from one person to another or if in books to many others!
In recording and theater, the phrase, “Once more with feeling” was/is a common phrase used to help the speaker/singer or writer to put some life into the whatever they’re doing. It’s good advice.
Many tomes present communication with all the passion of Jack Webb’s character on the old Dragnet TV show: “The facts Mam, just the facts.” That’s probably good for police work, but when it’s applied in other fields it can bore you to Coma like attention!
Still, others put all the emphasis on “feeling” forgetting the facts and this approach to fact-free emotionalism of which the world has a bountiful supply.
Many people my age or a little younger recall the haunting voice of Country and later Pop music superstar, Patsy Cline. When she was asked the secret of the emotional power of her songs, she replied:
“Oh, I just sing like I hurt inside.”
I heard Bob Jones Jr. speak to preachers one time. He shared the value of the training he received as a Shakespearean actor. Dr. Jones learned to mentally and emotionally be in the event being portrayed and to communicate the passion, the joy, the agony to those watching the performance. He advised preachers to present the facts with appropriate passion along with the points. He asked:
“How can you effectively communicate the Crucifixion of Christ while your heart is as bland as the diet at your local nursing home?”
I try, and often fail, to recall the truth taught by another; “People will long remember how they felt during your sermon/song or other performance. The facts will fade away.”
Here’s a famous line from a passionate poet:
“And many a raptured minstrel among the sons of light when asked, “Whence cometh thy song, will answer, ‘I learned it in the night.’” John Greenleaf Whitter.
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IT with Feeling! Oral Deckard