I have a friend who used to own a WW-II era “Warbird” – a T-6 ‘Texan’ – that he loved to fly all over the nation to different airshows.

It was quite a challenge to keep up the maintenance on the old bird, and flying was also difficult and took longer due to the age and condition of many of the instruments inside the plane.

One time, a friend asked him why he kept the old plane around. As a successful businessman who could afford anything he wanted, why not get something newer and faster?

“Well,” said my friend Tom, “modern life takes a lot away from us  – our cars, computers, how we get information – everything is so easy, we forget that any success in life really does take work.”

Then he said: “I don’t want new and nice and easy.”

Fair enough, I thought.

Which brings me to singing – why does it all matter anyway? The effort and the time and money?

I think it’s this: we may not all be old music or old car aficionados or aviation history buffs, but we are human.

There’s just something life giving about connecting to a simpler, not necessarily easier, way of being human. Camping or hiking – being away from the modern world feels like this to me.

And whether we realize it or not, our vocal training  does that for us as well, because there literally is no app for it. Instead, it’s artists working in real time, to follow a passion or calling to be better artists – and better people.

And that’s why the hard work of real, solid vocal training is worth the effort and the time and the money.

Train Hard, Sing Easy.