Tuneful Tuesday Week 57: The Golden Afternoon
It’s Mother’s Day week at my mom’s flower shop. That means I’m dusting off my apron and helping out designing during my “off hours.” We get a little ridiculous during those long hours filled with heavy pollen counts…. thus, I give you, the Singing Snapdragon. 🤣
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.
I’m in the process of excitedly planning our honeymoon trip to the UK, Ireland, and, of course, France. So, I’m dusting off my favorite French pieces to practice not being a “snooty” tourist. 😉
Edith Piaf is one of the most amazing singer/songwriters and I think I own every single record she has created. La Vie En Rose is such a beautiful, impassioned piece and I adore singing it.
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.
Tuneful Tuesday Week 51: What A Wonderful World
This is one of my favorite pieces. Who wouldn’t love the joy and peace of this happy little song?
Recently I headed on my 8 hour round trip drive to/from Los Angeles for my voice lesson and coaching. Leaving the house before dawn, I battle traffic, detours, and weather, arriving just minutes before my first lesson. If I don’t take just a few moments to get centered and release my tense muscles before my lesson, my voice will just not cooperate. My quick pre-lesson car yoga session is a must. Try it the next time you have a long drive before an audition, rehearsal, or lesson.