on fine wine (daily blog – day 11)

on fine wine (daily blog – day 11)

Lots of things get better with age. Don’t you believe for ONE MINUTE that they don’t.

Speaking of better with age: One of the true pleasures of working with adult singers is that they are at the stage in life where they have the experience to sing the big, juicy songs with integrity. And? Those big juicy songs were written with those big, juicy adult chops in mind, so they can handle the rep technically as well as emotionally.

And just in case you’re wondering exactly what that rep looks like (for women) in the music theatre world? WELL … my friend, Cate Frazier-Neely put together this handy little list. WITH YOUTUBE LINKS #THANKYOUVERYMUCH.

Also? If you love a little noise with your belt-fest rep? Why not try on Me and the Sky for size? It’s a beaut. (and there’s no twenty-five year-old in the WORLD who can sing that sucker with integrity. #fightme)

Enjoy working with those fine wines, my friends.

#teachyourfaceoff

friday fav five – 18|11|23

friday fav five – 18|11|23

(now on a once-per-month basis. because: real life.)

1. favourite not-really-related-to-voice-teaching-but-SO-TOTALLY-RELATED-TO-VOICE-TEACHING YouTube episode: How to Remain Calm with People, from The School of Life*

Friends, if your default is to assume the worst of the folks who come through your studio door? You may soon find yourself with not a lot of folks coming through your studio door.

i assume the worst about every human i see every time i see them. because i am a cat.

 

2. favourite blog post: You Wouldn’t Want to Hear Me Sing, by Liz Jackson Hearns

I mean, not to get all up in your head but …

too far into my head, human. GET OUT OF THERE.

 

3. favourite poopy interview: How the Founder of Poo-Pourri Went From Business Failure to a $300 Million Company, with Marie Forleo**

Seee … that’s a nice little palate … ummm … cleanser … right? (Seriously though, you’re running an awesome-sauce voice studio that has nothing to do with poo, right? So go on and DO THAT THING.)

blue eyed cat with white whiskers

you are unbelievable, human.

 

4. favourite voice-related, insanely-cool thing: personalized sound wave prints, from Newton and the Apple (on Etsy)

Need a gift for your favourite voice teacher? HANDLED. #yourewelcome

can you make a picture-thing for my kind of unbelievable eyes?

 

5. favourite podcast episode: The Radio Drama Episode, from This American Life

This is an episode from when Lin-Manuel Miranda was best known for In the Heights sooo …

this might be the weirdest #FFF collection so far. congratulations, human. and i mean that as sincerely as i’m able to mean it. which is not very sincerely at all. #yourewelcome

 

Go on and teach your ever-loving face off,

 

 

 

 

* Thanks for the heads up on this one, Dann!
** Thanks for this one, Cara!

 

friday fav five – 18|04|20

friday fav five – 18|04|20

I’ve spent a LOT of time listening to and evaluating singers this week. Because: FESTIVAL TIME. And this post is cutting it pretty darned close to the wire (I mean, it’s still Friday in Vancouver so, you know, SUE ME). I have heard A Path to the Moon* about a million times in the last four days so I feel I AM ENTITLED TO A LITTLE BIT OF LEEWAY FROM YOU.

you are a very whiny human. and that’s coming from a cat so …

1. favourite independent voice studio tool: postermywall.com

If you’re an independent voice teacher? You’ve made a poster or two in your life. Or four hundred thousand. You know, give or take. Postermywall.com is kind of like canva.com (which, incidentally, I just discovered a few months ago (thank you SECO friends) and virtually LOST MY MIND when I did. Because: SO EASY AND NOW I REGRET THE LIFE DECISIONS THAT LEAD ME TO FIDDLING AROUND WITH GOOGLE THINGS AND WASTING HALF OF MY LIFE MAKING CUTE POSTERS TO ADVERTISE ALL THE THINGS WHEN I COULD HAVE BEEN USING CANVA AND GOING TO BED A LOT SOONER), but better. So, #yourewelcome.¬† (And thank you Patti for the heads up!)

you’ve missed a lot of sleep, human. you are not smart. you would be smarter if you got more sleep. and you would know to use handy programmes that save you time so that you can sleep more. and presumably get smarter. too bad about that.

 

2. favourite educational FaceBook video: scoping 101 from A TEMPO Voice Center

Singing Voice Specialist, Kristie Knickerbocker demonstrates how a scope works, ON HER VERY OWN SELF. #happyworldvoiceday

humans are so weird. why are humans so weird?

 

3. favourite unintentionally educational YouTube video: Okurrr – Kris Jenner

The student of one of my friends? Taught herself how to tongue trill by watching this video. Yes. YOU HEARD ME.

did i hear you though? because i could swear you just said that a KRIS JENNER video was useful.

 

4. favourite voice initiative: The Phoenix Project for the Ageless Singer

New initiative from Total Vocal Freedom with the purpose of supporting and empowering female singers over the age of 50 that are concerned about the longevity and quality of their singing voice in the second half of their life.

Yes. I stole that copy directly from their website. And yes. That’s the copy I included when I sent the information about the Phoenix Project to all of the women in my studio who might benefit from joining it. Which was about thirty seconds before I realized that I AM VERY CLOSE TO BEING THEIR TARGET MARKET. SAY WHAAAAAAT NOW?!?

you thought, perhaps, you weren’t aging with the rest of us, human? that you somehow escaped the inevitable? you clearly need more sleep. you are growing not smarter by the second.

5. favourite YouTube Live Hangout: Dr. Dan hangs out live with Michelle Markwart Deveaux

If you have an hour or so to watch some cool voice teachery discussion unfold (and you weren’t able to watch it live because it happened at, like, MIDNIGHT YOUR TIME**)? This is well worth your time.

do not do this thing, human. we have been over this: YOU NEED YOUR SLEEP.

Here’s to sleeping and slowing down the inevitable decline into not-smartness. And as always:

You can teach your face off … I can help.

* Don’t get me wrong: I love me some A Path to the Moon. I just, you know, heard it a LOT this week. And you know what? You need to create ever-more energized K-sounds as you follow the composer’s crescendo marking on the chorus and allow that energy to build to create the crescendo. That’s right: those K-sounds? ARE A GIFT and will help you to avoid pushing or over-pressurizing to sing the crescendo. Also? You need to develop some subtext for those long chunks when you aren’t singing and make me believe that you have a reason to sing the next bit of text. AND? ASSIGN AN EMOTION TO EACH DYNAMIC MARKING ALREADY. THIS WILL HELP YOU TO EXECUTE THE DYNAMICS IN AN ENGAGED WAY AND ENHANCE YOUR PERFORMANCE. I HAVE HEARD THIS SONG A LOT AND I PROMISE YOU IT WILL HELP. #IPINKYSWEARIT

** Guess how I know what time Dr. Dan’s Lives are in my time? Because I am hanging out live with Dr. Dan in a few weeks and before I agreed to do so? I checked to make sure I wasn’t committing to trying to be interesting and witty at, like, three in the morning. That’s not good for anyone. Least of all someone who clearly isn’t getting enough sleep in the first place.

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