I have an upper respiratory infection. A common cold. The universal discomfort tax that we all pay for possessing mucas membranes.
I've had some success singing with a cold before, but since I have multiple singing engagements this weekend due to the upcoming holiday, I thought I'd check around the internet to see if anyone had any more tips for not hurting myself.
I found some.
Below I've put together a cross-referenced list of tips that I'll be using to make it through the next few days. I haven't included all of the good tips I found, just the ones I'm actually going to do consistently.
1. Stay hydrated. Duh. This is kind of the golden rule for operating a human body and it goes triple when you're sick.
2. Get a lot of sleep. Obvious, but harder than it sounds.
3. Warm up with humming. This holds up. Singing when you're sick is like driving a car in the winter; it makes sense to warm up the car before you drive it. In this metaphor the car is made of rubberbands and ice is mucus.
4. Change keys and figure out lower melodies. This one will take a lot of work, but it could have the highest return on investment. Being sick kind of forces me to change the songs to fit however my voice actually sounds on a given day. This is an activity that I should be doing all the time, but I don't.