Tuneful Tuesday Week 41: Must The Winter Come So Soon

This gorgeous Barber piece seems perfect for the post-holiday winter blues we all seem to be going through.

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 40: AHS Christmas Production from 2003

After living with a bit of a stomach bug for the last week, I’ve decided to take a week off from my Tuneful Tuesday and share with you this blast from the past. 2003 was my senior year at Atascadero High School and I was blessed with the opportunity to write the script for this Christmas show and to star in it as “Jingles The Elf.” This was the year that I learned to love music. This was the year that music became my life.

I was riding high as the Choir President and Assistant to the Director and every moment I spent in the choir room was bliss. Inside those rundown walls, I learned to sing with joy. I found ease and peace through my voice…. something that my years as an undergraduate and graduate voice major beat out of me in the quest for “technique.” It has taken me years to undo the perfectionism, tension, and stress that those 6 years of schooling (and my competitive nature) inflicted on my voice.

Seeing this performance reminds me of the pure joy that is possible when you just enjoy singing for singing’s sake. I wasn’t trying to win any medals. I wasn’t trying to audition for a show. I wasn’t trying to prove myself in any way. I was just loving to sing. Yes, having an understanding of my vocal mechanism and a strong and well-educated technique is all well and good; but sometimes you just need to let that all go and have fun with your voice. I hope that next week I’ll be able to channel that joy into my next Tuneful Tuesday.

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 39: Auld Lang Syne

Tuneful Tuesday Week 39: Auld Lang Syne

In honor of the new year, I decided to play through an easy version of Auld Lang Syne. You’re welcome to sing along if the mood strikes you. 😉

Happy New Year, everyone!

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https://youtu.be/FCG9F9PjMdQ

Tuneful Tuesday Week 38: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Tuneful Tuesday Week 38: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, I must ask you, do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? 😉

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 37: O Holy Night

This is and will always be my favorite holiday piece to sing. The power and grandeur of this song make it almost operatic in quality. I love that there’s a Christmas song where I can “bring out the big guns” and use my full voice. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 36: Pinecones and Holly Berries/ It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas

It’s been a pleasure to work with Danielle Dutro McNamara and Lacey McNamara for my 11th annual Holiday Concert. We can’t wait to perform for you this Saturday at 5PM! Join us for an hour of music, carols, joy, and peace.

Songs of Joy and Peace

Saturday, December 16th

5 PM

5318 Palma Ave

Atascadero, Ca 93422

$15 suggested donation

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Tuneful Tuesday Week 35: “Love Is Christmas”

I adore singing this piece. It reminds me of so many imperfect Christmas Eves spent in our little basement apartment which was bursting at the seams with family and friends and ringing with laughter and joy.

Here this piece and more at my 11th annual holiday concert: Songs of Joy and Peace.

Saturday, December 16th 5PM

St. Luke’s Church

5318 Palma Ave

Atascadero, Ca

$15 suggested donation

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