Not a novel, but a quite serious book on considering the whole singer instead of just their vocal folds. Smith’s students include Joyce DiDonato and Christine Brewer. He taught at Juilliard, but beginning in 2011 will be teaching at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
From a favored dictionary, Noah Webster wrote:
NAKED, a. Open, discovered, to strip.
Not covered; bare … open; exposed …
Plain; evident; undisguised…
“The secret in singing
lies between the vibration in the singer’s voice
and the throb in the hearer’s heart.”