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.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a cute Irish lullaby. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. 🍀
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”.
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.