What would you do if I asked you to sing? | Janet Planet | TEDxOshkosh

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Veteran vocalist Janet Planet shares how to discover the vertical and melodic qualities that are accessible through speaking with expression and the tactile sensations that words provide in song.

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Janet Planet is a vocalist with a lifetime of busy concert schedules that have taken her to performing arts centers, opera houses, colleges, universities, jazz festivals and jazz clubs across the USA. She loves words, and her interpretations are based not only on meaning, but also on the way words feel as they fall out of her mouth. She is fascinated by the vibrations of consonants and the nakedness of vowels…the envelope of a diphthong and the connection of words – one image at a time.

Beyond her successful performance schedule, she provides educational forums on vocal performance, runs a recording studio, and manages her own record label, Stellar Sound Productions.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

40 thoughts on “What would you do if I asked you to sing? | Janet Planet | TEDxOshkosh

  1. I would probably formulate a very simplistic line of context, art takes time to be thought….speculation is a process given briefly, thus a jaded response would follow….so in most cases, a larger number of people asked to sing will over think, simple is the most complex.

  2. I would think about a song and then sing it, you ask me to dance I’ll do it, you ask me to do anything artistic I’d do it 😂 because I don’t really mind what other thinks, I mean I know I don’t know how to sing or dance but I’ll do it just for the fun

  3. “Think of singing as words with melody, rather than melody with words.” This is a fantastic TED Talk! I watched it on a whim and I’m very glad that I did.

  4. I’m so glad I say this Ted Talk the day it was posted. I love singing and have been trying to teach myself to sing using free resources, but sometimes I still hesitate to sing in front of people.

  5. Anyone can abbreviate. I Brasilian and im cant understand well. And the legend in ingles is a lier. I beginning the lessons of inglessh, but inchoate. And this is so relevent to me. I wanna singer, im write, thanks and peace. 😊

  6. But I’ll tell you as an adult people don’t take kindly to this.. I am fairly expressive and enthusiastic when I speak/ with my facial expressions and people are always giving me dirty looks

  7. Lol! My friends in Vietnam always ask me to sing through a voice note, and although I’ve been told that I have somewhat of a voice, I’m still a bit scared. HA! Loved this.

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