This piece is so adorable. I always find myself humming it for no apparent reason…. maybe it’s because the piece starts out with a hum. For whatever reason, I can’t seem to get this song out of my head. To that end, I hope the catchy tune doesn’t get caught in yours. If it does, you can blame me. Or maybe you should blame the fact that you’re a little bit in love. 😉
Showboat was one of the first musical theatre productions I ever saw… which is ironic since it was one of the first musical theatre shows ever to be produced. “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” is one of those pieces which gets under your skin and sticks with you for a lifetime. I have loved it ever since that first hearing; and I will likely love it for the rest of my life.
When I was a little girl, my mom used to play the piano for me as she told me about my great-great-grandfather, the composer Antonin Dvorak. Little did I know I would grow up to sing his complete Gypsy Songs in Czech for my senior vocal recital at USC and to treasure his “Song to the Moon” as one of my favorite arias to perform. In honor of the upcoming Mother’s Day, this week’s tune is Dvorak’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me”. Thank you mom for teaching me all those songs during my childhood. It truly shaped the course of my life. Happy Mother’s Day!
10 years ago I won a local young artist vocal competition at the undergraduate level. The program gave me the opportunity to perform during a gala event along with the winner of the other divisions. When the winner of the high school level took the stage and performed “I Could Have Danced All Night” in her adorable circle skirt and vintage heels, I just knew that this girl and I could be great friends. A few months later, we were thrown together as assistants for the kid’s opera camp for the same company, and the rest, they say, is history. Over these past 10 years, we have become best friends and I couldn’t picture my life without her. I may have won some scholarship money that night, but the real prize was winning a opera-loving, yogi, soul-sister. I love you Miss Katelyn and I am so excited to create new memories with you this weekend and for the rest of our lives…. it’s a darn good thing our fiancés like each other too. Happy Wedding Week!!!!!!!!
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This piece is such a powerful ballad. I’ve sung this piece to myself on so many bad days. We all have those moments when we feel like the weight of the whole world is on our shoulders–like life is spinning out of control and you don’t know where to turn. The pain, grief, and loneliness can consume us and leave us still hurting while everyone else is moving on. But, when those moments come, turning to song and letting out those emotions and thoughts can be so cathartic. Click Still Hurting to view.
2016 was one of the hardest years of my life. When Sara Bareilles came out with her album “Waitress,” I would listen to this track over and over again as giant tears rolled down my face. This song spoke to me like no one else could and it reminded me that others shared the same fears, pain, and heartache. It was the balm my aching soul needed at the time. I have a feeling this piece will hold a place in my heart for the rest of my life.
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Singing in the Rain was my all time favorite movie growing up. I marveled at the beauty of Debbie Reynolds, the grace of Gene Kelly, and the comedic timing of Donald O’Connor. On this rainy day, here’s my ode to the performers who helped shape the person I am today.
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