The Sweet Spot

Welcome to my new blog, which I hope will provide some compelling insights into human potential, and personal and communal development, through a wide variety of resources and angles of perception. Some metaphorical imagery that was my inspiration in conceiving this blog along with my loyal friends and colleagues who’ve been so instrumental in helping to bring it to realization…

The sweet spot is a term used to describe a vocalist’s ideal musical range, “which is supported by the strong presence of lower and higher overtones. Notes in the sweet spot allow the singer to effortlessly articulate the sound.” It is also used by audiophiles and recording engineers to describe the focal point between two sources of sound, where an individual is fully capable of hearing the audio mix the way it was intended to be heard by the musicians. Sound engineers also refer to the sweet spot of any sound-producing body that may be captured with a microphone. Every individual instrument and voice has its own sweet spot, the perfect location to place the microphone or microphones in order to obtain the best sound.

In tennis, baseball, or cricket, a given swing will result in a more powerful impact if the ball strikes the racquet or bat on the sweet spot, where a combination of factors results in a maximum response for a given amount of effort. The actual sweet spot on a racquet or bat is a very small area, where dispersing vibrations and spin are canceled out, resulting in a perfect contact point between incoming and outgoing energies. The term is also used among elite surfers and even in fountain penmanship.

As a start, here’s an excellent example of the sweet spot in the above definitions, as well as others implied, and the opening song from my last retreat. The lyrics, as well as the range of qualities in the music, express much of what I’ll be exploring here (to be listened to with good quality earphones or headphones to be “fully capable of hearing the audio mix the way it was intended to be heard”):

I look forward to further conversations, and your comments (“the strong presence of lower and higher overtones”) are more than welcome, as they will be a guiding force in finding sweet spots.

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