Tuneful Tuesday Week 99: “Miss Simone”
Tomorrow we say goodbye to our beloved Hobbit Hole. We’ve spent 6.5 years in the adorable servants’ quarters of this 1900’s home but it is time for us to move into our own home…above ground! Packing up all of our possessions and memories has made me nostalgic for all of the time Brighton and I spent in the Hobbit Hole, the laughter and tears we shared, and the life we lived in these rooms. The Hobbit Hole is where we decided we could handle each other’s unique weirdness, where we got engaged, where we got married, where we swing danced in the dining room and watched movie marathons in the living room. The Hobbit Hole was our refuge from the world—where we could hole up and recharge to our introverted hearts’ content. The Hobbit Hole was the first place I’ve ever lived at that truly felt like a home: peaceful, joyful, loving, and safe.
No song is a better representation of all of the emotions I’m feeling than Sara Bareilles’ “Miss Simone.” I don’t know how Sara does it; but her poetic lyrics truly are the soundtrack of my life. Thank you for helping me to say goodbye to the Hobbit Hole as we move into Pemberley. ❤️
Tuneful Tuesday Week 59: Taylor, The Latte Boy
This is one of those pieces that reminds you that classical singers (and composers) can still have a sense of humor.
My fiancé Brighton better watch out because I think I’m falling for Taylor, the latte boy. 😉
These are the kinds of pieces that I adore! The amazing combo between classical voice and jazzy melodies make my heart (and voice) happy.
My best friend growing up was my little teddy bear named Boo Bear. He had magnets in his cheeks and paws so he could hide and play peek-a-boo. I loved that bear and carried it everywhere with me. It sat next to me on airplanes as I made my bi-annual cross-country flights as an unaccompanied minor. I wrapped my arms around it every night as I slept. I cuddled it when I was sick or sad….well into high school. Poor Boo is all worn out, having gone through several surgeries and getting several stitches and clothing changes. But, he still lives on my shelf where I can give him a hug anytime I want to. I couldn’t imagine having to let him go; but, if I did, this is the kind of requiem he would deserve.
Some days are rough. You have a crisis of faith. Life kicks you down. When those days happen, I have to belt it out and release my emotion in song. This piece just spoke to me and my situation today and I felt so much better having let this go.
Tuneful Tuesday Week 52: Moving On
It’s been 1 year since I started this Tuneful Tuesday project. It has been a crazy year with my music studio growing in size, my fiancé taking over a law firm, and planning a wedding. With all of these things going on, I’m not left with a lot of time to sing. I’m lucky if I get to practice for 2 hours a week when I used to practice for 2 hours every day. Even amidst this crazy schedule, I have carved out time each week to sing a little song and share it with you. Honestly, I have learned so much during this process. I have become my own teacher by critiquing my videos, watching for tensions, and correcting things. It has truly been an eye-opening experience. Even though only a handful of people view my videos each week, I am glad that I stuck to this project for a full year and kept myself singing, experimenting, and learning new things.
In high school, I sang this piece as part of the AHS Show Choir. We performed it in concert, in a competition, and at my senior baccalaureate service. This was one of the first songs to reach me on a spiritual level. The lyrics and melody give me goosebumps. We’ve all experienced moments in our lives when things aren’t going our way and we feel lost and disoriented….but we just have to keep moving forward. In those moments, this song pops into my head and helps to soothe me and keep me moving on: out of the darkness and into the light.
I hope this piece touches you as it did me.
Now that the Valentine’s holiday is over, you may be regretting that super jumbo sized heart-shaped box of chocolates you downed in one sitting…. if only your candy came in a music box you might not have been so gluttonous. 🍫
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. 😉
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”.
Out of all the composers in the world, George Gershwin is my all-time favorite. His ability to straddle both the classical and jazz genres, his flawless melodic lines and catchy tunes, and his perfectly timed phrasing make his music a pleasure to sing.