The Ratatouilles, are those who love singing and want to sing,
but don't believe they have the "talent" to do so, or worse, 
they were told by a teacher long ago, "you should just mouth the words,
you justcan't sing". These teachers who tell students not to sing need to
be seen as what they are, uninformed hacks who should never have 
presented themselves as a teacher. They are the cause countless childhood 
traumas that never heal unless the singer meets a teacher who knows
how to teach them. Like the famous  quote from Pixar's movie Ratatoullie
"Anyone can cook!" So it it the same with singing, ANYONE can sing. It is up to the

teacher to show the student how. I think this quote from the movie sums it up best...

"Inmany ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet
enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to 
our judgment.We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and 
to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand
scheme of things,  the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful
than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly
risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world
is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. Last night, 
I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected 
source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions 
about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. 
In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto:
Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant.
Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.
It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking 
at Gusteau's, who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef 
in France.I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more."

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