If you’re new to this blog, I am just asking that you keep an open mind about my journey here. I have tried other alternative therapies for singers before so this is nothing new for me! I am not trying to sell anyone on anything. I’m trying to figure out the hype for myself and give you an honest report on my personal results. If nothing else, I hope it will be interesting and/or entertaining for you to see my work week. If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, I have a video recap at the bottom of this post!
Blue Topaz Crystals for Singers
Topaz is a multi-colored crystal, ranging from gold, pink, purple, clear, and blue. The majority of topaz is clear or white. Natural blue topaz is actually rare, but synthetic topaz has been available since 1976 and is made by irradiating and heat-treating clear or yellow topaz to make it blue. I’d love to think mine is a rare natural one, but since I paid less than $4 for it, I’m guessing I have a fake. That’s fine though. Blue is the color associated with the throat chakra (see more on that here), so that’s why I’m working with this specific color.
Among its many reported benefits, one that stood out to me was its ability to help increase attention span. I am almost positive I have ADD, and a therapist even suggested that once but I never went back (I probably got distracted). Yesterday I sat down to do my taxes and ended up reorganizing my bookshelf, then moved the bookshelf to two different rooms. If blue topaz helps me stick to one topic for a few minutes, I’ll consider this a success even without any vocal benefits.
There is also an old superstition that topaz cures lunacy so that’s something to look forward to as well.
Topaz was highly valued by Greeks and Romans in medieval times. The name “topaz” is from the Greek word “topazion,” which means “fire.” It was a prized stone when it was thought to be rare and only available in certain regions, but now it’s mined in Brazil, Nigeria, Australia, Mexico, and others.
Like Turquoise, Topaz has had a major influence on many religions. It’s a long list, but if you’re interested in its religious uses you can see that info here.
I also found this helpful video on it:
One of my dogs has chronic pancreatitis. It causes him to throw up often and can be very painful for him. I try to prevent any flare-ups by feeding a low-fat diet and making sure he’s not in pain. Last night he was throwing up so much that he could barely stand up. I gave him some anti-nausea meds and had a sleepless night before going straight to the vet this morning.
He’s okay overall, but he had blood work done and we were given a new prescription diet for him. He has lost so much weight. He’s a large chihuahua mix, about 18lbs at his heaviest. He now weighs 9lbs. The vet said he’s underweight, but not dehydrated or in any danger of needing hospitalization right now.
SO THAT WAS MY MORNING. Haha, I’m stressed and had to go out for some retail therapy. I haven’t been shopping in a long time (I hate stores tbh) and I bought a summer dress. When I got home, I looked at my To Do list today and said “nope” to all of it. I just need a break.
I do have music projects, but tonight I am planning on seeing a show with my partner at Brain Stamp (he also makes microphones and you should check out his website, designed by a really cool person who’s wearing Blue Topaz). So, this will be a rare night off and I’m going to enjoy it.
Overall I feel very calm today, which is strange given the morning I’ve had. I went to several crowded stores and I normally have bad social anxiety, but I didn’t feel any of that today. Maybe it’s the Topaz, or maybe it’s because my dog is okay and that gave me a boost of confidence. Either way, I’m feeling chill and ready for the show.
The show was a lot of fun! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. My face muscles are still kind of sore.
Today was super productive because I finally, after weeks of worrying, procrastinating and screwing up, FINISHED MY TAXES! I have an accountant because as an entrepreneur, it’s way too complicated for me to try to do it myself. They help a ton, but I still have to organize everything and send it to them and ugh, it stresses me out. But today I got it done and I am so relieved! I’m 100% sure they’re going to email me and tell me I screwed something up, but at least I’ve completed the initial step.
Last night I had the strangest dream. I cut the top of my ring finger and it was bleeding. I was licking the blood off and could taste the blood. When I woke up briefly to turn over I put my finger against the wall, which was cool and felt nice. I got up this morning to let the dogs out and my finger still hurt. I looked at it and was shocked that it wasn’t cut at all. So I either hurt it in the night and incorporated it into my dream, or I felt the pain that I had in my dream. This has nothing to do with the Topaz (I don’t think?) but was interesting.
My dog is doing much better, I got my taxes finished, and overall I’ve had a productive and nice day. I feel pleasant.
I have two jobs tonight and I need to finish designing my merch for my upcoming show.
There are unfortunately fewer Topaz meditations than Turquoise, but I am still committed to meditating with my crystal as often as possible this week.
I got up early to send in my taxes and run some errands and got home to realize I forgot my crystal. I knew it would happen eventually, but it’s only 10:30 am so I can start now.
Last night I did two songs and was fine, but afterward, I was doing yoga and swallowed my spit wrong and had a coughing fit that lasted for like an hour. My throat hurt like crazy after that, but this morning it’s fine. The life of a session singer, folks. It’s not all glamour.
My dog is better (see picture below, he’s the one in the driver’s seat).
However, he needs to be on meds permanently and they are crazy expensive. Like, more than a session singer’s salary. Since I’m not having kids, I might have to hit up his ‘grandparents’ (my parents) and ask if they’d like to contribute to his medical care. “It’s way cheaper than a college fund, and he’ll never steal your TV for meth when he’s a teenager!”
I have to make an edit on one of the songs I did last night. The client wants me to try a breathier tone instead of my natural one. I’m not going to do it tonight because we’re supposed to have a snow storm tomorrow and I want to make sure I’m stocked with food.
Other than this, today I contacted old clients I haven’t heard from in a while. I like to check in and see how the songs turned out, what they ended up doing with them, etc. A busy day overall, but a good one!
I have a confession, you guys. I normally don’t wear any makeup. It just takes forever and I feel like nobody really cares because I work from home, so unless I’m going somewhere important I just don’t use it. However, since I started wearing these crystals and I’ve wanted to document my day, I’ve been wearing makeup every day for almost two weeks. As a result, my face has broken out like crazy. Clearly, I’m not using the right makeup or makeup remover, I’m not sure which. But I’m giving my face a day of rest today.
I’ve noticed that wearing the Topaz makes me feel more glamorous. I don’t know why, but I feel very different putting it on than I did the Turquoise. I’ve been dressing up more and putting more time into my hair, which is not something I did with the Turquoise. So that’s one interesting difference that I’ve noticed.
I’m also a big believer in color therapy, so I’ve been trying to focus on the color of the crystal I’m working with.
Business has slowed down a little. I have one job tonight, but I don’t see any potential ones coming in. I’m ramping up my marketing and hoping to ride it out, but my dog’s sickness was crazy expensive and I have to order my merch soon, so I’m really hoping I get some jobs in soon.
The money thing is giving me a little anxiety, but overall I feel okay still.
This morning started out rough. My other dog threw up last night (I think she got into the garbage so she’ll be fine). I got zero sleep because I was trying to monitor both of them all night.
Then, I’m dealing with an ongoing family issue. I can’t get into too many details, but a close relative is very sick and refuses treatment, which means we are all stuck dealing with it. I view this as selfish and irresponsible, but the rest of my family seems to disagree so I am trying to remain open to their viewpoint. But last night a lot of things happened around this issue and I woke up in a sour mood this morning, after a solid 2.5 hours of nonconsecutive sleep.
So my day begins. I need to finish up that edit for the song I was working on and send it to the client. Then I need to write a new blog post for tomorrow. The rest of the day I’ll spend cleaning my house and learning some new composition techniques.
Also, the WEIRDEST THING HAPPENED this morning that I just noticed. I woke up with a paper cut on my pinky finger. Remember the dream I had about getting a paper cut on my ring finger? This is on the finger right next to it and apparently happened overnight because I have no memory of it happening. Coincidence? Probably, but it’s a weird happenstance, right?
I’m annoyed this morning, because we’re having yet another snow storm. This one wasn’t even expected or reported in the news. I’m just burnt out on snow. I’m tired of being trapped in my house, even though I don’t really have anywhere to go. I just want the option, okay??
Today I’m going to keep cleaning (because what else can I do?), and I’m going to practice half of a 45-minute set. I’ve got to get my voice in top performance shape before my show! I also have one edit for a client, and that’s the only work I have today. Business is crazy slow. My ad went live today so I’m really hoping that brings in some cash soon. For now, I’m going to focus on cleaning and working on mixing and composing techniques.
The roads finally cleared enough for me to get out, so I went to McDonald’s. Lame, I know, I just needed to get out for a minute (plus their ice teas are amazing). The worker at the window complimented my necklace! I almost told them about my crystal project, but I’m too socially awkward so I just smiled, said “thank you” and pretended to look for something in my purse. I am the worst at human interaction.
I tried to run through six of my songs tonight, which equals about 25 minutes of performing. I need a LOT of work. One, I don’t remember most of my own lyrics. In my defense, it’s been a long time since I’ve sung any of them and I’m working on other people’s songs every day. Two, my voice was almost gone by the end of the 25-minute set. If I am on stage for 45 minutes, that means I have a lot of work to do.
I’m trying to analyze exactly what happened and why. For starters, I’m way out of practice for singing this long. Session work has a lot of breaks and I can stop whenever I feel I need to, and that’s all I’ve been doing for over two years. Also, I’m singing in my booth, which has dead sound so I can’t hear myself well. This means I’m straining to make sure I can hear myself and stay in tune. I’m also crazy nervous, but I’ll be even more nervous on show night so that one I need to just deal with.
I’m going to get really serious about this and practice every day. For now though, I’m done singing for the night. I’m going to call it quits on my day and watch some Intervention with my dogs.
Thankfully my voice didn’t hurt this morning after last night’s major singing fail, so I’m happy about that.
Today is my last day with this crystal! I feel…fine? I don’t really know that I had a huge connection with it, but in all fairness, I didn’t have any specific meditations to do with Topaz, which I felt really boosted my connection to the Turquoise. This week just kind of flew by for me. I’m looking back over everything I did and I’m like, “wow that was only three days ago!”
Overall this week I just felt pretty fine. A lot more calm and less upset than I was with the Turquoise, but again, how can I accurately attribute those feelings to the stones?
I definitely don’t think my singing improved with this one (although it certainly wasn’t the Topaz’s fault that I sang for 25 minutes straight for my first time in 2 years).
I have two more crystals left and then I will give a complete update on each one. Look for my final review here!
Here is my video recap of my week:
What do you think about crystals in general? I’d love to know your thoughts!