From time to time, almost all singers have to deal with, what I call, the creeping crud.
That’s an overload of yuck in the throat.
There are a number of things that can cause the creeping crud –
Eating chocolate; eating ice cream, drinking milk, going swimming!
Yup, all these things are the things you can do to yourself that will result in a not-so-lovely phlegmy throat.
And then there are nature’s little gifts – like allergies or having what might (or might not) be a cold.
Face it mucus is the bane of a singer’s life.
So what can you do?
Taking stuff to dry you up (like an antihistamine) will do exactly that – and good luck singing with a dry throat and mouth.
Have you ever tried singing when your mouth is so dry your lips are glued to your teeth?
I have. And it’s not fun (nor is it pretty).
I have had a lot of success with hot pineapple juice.
It tastes a lot better (to me) than hot lemonade – but it has lots of acid to cut through the phlegm and then sugar to coat and soothe the throat.
Some people swear by hot tea with lemon – except then you have the caffeine which also dries you out, makes you jittery, and will keep you running to the loo.
A lot of folks on Broadway use the herbal tea Throat Coat. I’ve never tried it – but it is supposed to do wonders.
And I know one person who swears by Alkalol (she gargled with the stuff) – which is supposed to cut mucus. Don’t know if it works, but she was (and I assume still is) a great singer.
Mostly, I say, find something that tastes okay to you, removes the crud, and will keep your throat warm and moist (and fuck you if you don’t like word “moist” – it’s a perfectly good word, get over it).
And if and when everything plugs up and shuts down – the miracle cure of all miracle cures is a cortisone shot; but good luck finding a doctor who will give you one.
That shit works (but it will take at least a day to kick in)!
I was so sick and had to perform – got the shot – was able to sing beautifully. Sadly, I was so clogged up – I couldn’t even hear myself sing (that’s how sick I was) but everything felt fine and everyone said I sounded just fine. Not something you can do often, but if one must, one must.
You got any cures for the creeping crud?