Ep. 1: Can the sound of someone’s voice tell you whether they’re a good or bad person?

“Her voice was like a pinch.” – Daniel Jaar

For the very first episode of Speaking Of… I’m joined by my friend and singer Daniel Jaar. Daniel and I met in a workshop in LA and he has such incredible presence, so I’m really excited that he’s the first guest on the show!


Daniel brought a really fascinating question with him: Can the sound of someone’s voice tell you whether they’re a good or bad person?


We talk about the story that inspired Daniel’s question and then dive into a discussion about what someone’s voice can tell you about their identity (if anything). We touch on code-switching and its impact on both singing and everyday life, why some people might put on a “fake” sounding voice, and whether we can gauge someone’s intentions by the way they sound.




Interview Highlights:

  • Whether someone’s voice can give us clues to their identity.

  • How code-switching can affect the way you speak and use your voice.

  • Whether you can tell if someone is “fake” or disingenuous based on their voice.

  • Why you should connect to your feelings when speaking – rather than jumping to how you think you should sound.

  • How our perceptions of others often reflect what we’re thinking about ourselves.

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