After a record number of wins in starting games, Dwight Gooden finally lost one for the Mets. He was asked why. Because, he said, uttering the classic pitcher’s lament: I was trying to aim the ball. Just so, there are few vocal problems that do not have their source in the same fallacy, that a man or woman is capable of aiming, guiding, directing, or producing tone. Laughter—the thrumming of the body—is a better model for singing than overt guidance.