Janice Maloney-Brooks <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Drawing upon info from my classical career days - there are lots of mouth
> rinses and special toothpastes that some classical singers use to help fight
> the dry mouth. Ask you pharmacist to recommend anything connected with
> Schogrin's syndrome.
That's Sjogren's Syndrome, if you want to look it up. It causes horrendous
dry eyes and mouth and often appears "piggy backed" with another
rheumatoid disease. There's an oral gel out called Oralbalance, in
the US. I've found that the gel tastes...odd. It's mostly meant for
overnight use. There's also a mouthwash called Biotene. If you start
hunting the web for Sjogren's sites, you'll probably find a lot of posts
discussing the various products out there.
Of course, the simplest remedy is slippery elm bark losenges.
> >From my trad days - water, water, water. I ALWAYS have a huge bottle of
> EVIAN with me on stage, so much so, that folks are talking about getting
> EVIAN to sponsor me! I don't advocate throat drops as most contain an
> ingredient to slightly numb the throat making it impossible to judge if you
> are over-singing and causing any damage. This comes from personal experience
> folks. A few years ago I was really ill but forced myself to sing Mozart's
> Exultate for my niece's wedding. The singing that day was fine - but the 6
> months of vocal rest to recover from the injury was a real problem!!
Agreed on both points. It took me *two years* to recover from vocal
chord scarring caused by lupus. I spent another year very gradually
working up to singing more than a verse or two, and was told by my
doctor to be very, very careful about straining my voice. If you
numb out your throat, you won't notice when you start damaging yourself.
(pretty much the same advice given to dancers about painkillers.)
A water bottle is good. I find that I end up sipping a little bit almost
constantly before I have to perform.
Lee M.Thompson-Herbert KD6WUR [log in to unmask]
Member, Knights of Xenu (1995). Chaos Monger and Jill of All Trades.
"There are some people who will argue whether the flames are blue
or green, when the real question is that their arse is on fire."