I recently watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the hundredth time. When Audrey Hepburn sits in her windowsill and plays the ukulele while singing this song with passion and grace, it gets me every time.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a cute Irish lullaby. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. 🍀
Connecting your breath with core awareness is of upmost importance for us singers. This simple sequence which is accessible to most fitness levels helps to better integrate that connection.
Start on your hands and knees and tuck your toes under. As you inhale, lift your tailbone, sink the belly down, and lift your chest and gaze up. As you exhale, tuck your tailbone under, arching through your back and, pressing into your toes, float your knees off the ground while engaging your core and pulling your navel back towards your spine. As you inhale, gently release your knees back to the floor and repeat the process again on the next exhale. Complete several rounds until your core feels awake and engaged. Then finish with a downward facing dog and/or child’s pose.
I assigned this cute little song to all my littlest students in February in honor of Valentine’s Day, so I had ample practice time on the piano accompaniment. So, I decided I might as well perform this piece myself for some extra fun!
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. That means I’ll be working all through the night and until the wee hours of the morning helping my mom prepare hundreds of arrangements to be delivered to happy couples, mothers, sons, and daughters all over the central coast. Growing up at Bloom’n’Grow florist definitely had its highs and lows. I learned creativity, resourcefulness, and the true meaning of hard work. I also learned that running a business is exhausting, stressful, and will take everything you have. However, at the end of the day, it’s lovely when someone sends you flowers…… well, most of the time. 😉
Follow the instructions in the video for this nice and gentle backbend.
Back in high school, I had a pretty strong mixed voice and a solid musical theatre sound. But, after obtaining a BM and MM in classical vocal performance, I lost the ability to sing above middle C in a mixed voice. Over the past year, I’ve been dabbling in being able to switch between a classical and musical theatre sound and it’s been a fascinating process. There have been some beautiful life-affirming mixed voice notes; but then there have been some terrible “screamer” notes which I laughed at and learned from. It’s been such a fun process getting back to my musical theatre “roots”.