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!

 

plant a carrot (Daily Blog – Day 2)

plant a carrot (Daily Blog – Day 2)

future singer thanks you

Seth Godin says:

Twelve years from now, your future self is going to thank you for something you did today, for an asset you began to build, a habit you formed, a seed you planted.

Even if you’re not sure of where it will lead, today’s the day to begin.

And I muse about what things we can encourage the singers we work with to start now (like, right now) that their future selves will thank them for …

Steaming every day? Choosing one great singer in their fach/voice type/style to listen to every day for a month? Developing a hydration habit? Doing a character study on a role that they aren’t ready to perform yet? Finding the perfect warm up and cool down for their voice? Investing in an acting course? Discovering who the incredible sound people are in their town? Taking a dance class? Learning how to learn music? Taking a song-writing course?

I come from a long line of pastors so I’m pretty sure I’ve heard every harvesting analogy out there. Choose your favourite one. And know that you have control over what future singer thanks you for.

#teachyourfaceoff

 

 

 

ps my friend Vanessa says this too. only she’s WAY DEEPER than I am.

friday fav five – 18|10|19

friday fav five – 18|10|19

~ the once per month edition (aka: the disdainful black cat edition) ~

(Because: SCHOOL IS IN SESSION, Y’ALL. And I am WERKIN’ it.)

Soooo … here are some #voiceped favs from the last MONTH.

1. favourite #wordtothewise FB Live: recording studio vs live stage & managing those expectations, by Rebekah Piatt at A Noteworthy Music Studio

Some FANTASTIC advice for your students who are working in CCM genres. Plus? #PENNYTHEDOG!

did you say dog? because that’s just rude.

 

2. favourite two-fer: How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior by Caroline Miller at the Child Mind Institute* + A Perfect Little Explanatory Pictogram from Integrated Listening Systems 

My friends, “bad behaviour” is rarely actually BAD BEHAVIOUR.  #isallImsayin

i am not hiding because i am bad. i am hiding because i do not have the tools or resources to face what’s happening right now.

 

3. favourite YouTube funness: Phonetic transcriptions of annoying sounds teenagers make by my new favourite linguistics-guy, James Harbeck**

I mean, is it a little stereotypical? Sure. IS IT ALSO KIND OF NERDY-HILARIOUS? Also sure. (For extra nerdy-goodness, try figuring out what the sound is from the description, BEFORE he makes it. Go on and challenge yourself. heh heh)

where are the phonetic transcriptions of all of the incredible sounds that cats make? HMMMM? WHERE IS THAT HUMAN? #catdiscrimonator

 

4. favourite blog post: The Ultimate Guide to Making Smart Decisions from Farnam Street***

Ugh. Productivity and stuff. Read it and weep. Or make a few small decisions now that will free you up to make better big ones later. For example, because I see different people every day of the week? I often wear the same outfit five days in a row (that’s why essential oils were invented, #amiright?). AND WHY THE HECK NOT? Men have done this for … ummm … WELL HOWEVER LONG THE SUIT HAS BEEN AROUND. Same suit every day, different shirt and socks. Seriously.

i wear my fabulous fur every gosh-darned day of my life. and i LICK IT CLEAN WITH MY OWN TONGUE FOUR OR FIVE MILLION TIMES PER DAY. #getwithithumans

 

5. favourite brand new YouTube channel: Why I Love This Vocal with John Henny

Folks? THIS IS SO MUCH FUN. AND SUPER INFORMATIVE. If you teach CCM styles? It BEHOOVES you to get subscribed. #pinkyswear

“behooves”? really?

As per uzh: you can teach your face off … #pinkyswear

 

 

 

*THANK YOU CATHY! ****

** THANK YOU JOANNE! ****

*** THANK YOU MICHELLE! ****

****apparently, I’m only taking contributions from women this month. #thatscool #whatevs

ps The first FOUR module of my online course have dropped (only four more to go – two more coming this weekend!) and one lovely early-adopter writes:  “she is SO much more fun than my science professor in my “Structural Sound and Acoustical Analysis” was”. Which, probably not what I want on my tombstone but, you know, I’ll take it when it’s about my course! Pre-Sale price extended to 1st November (or until all modules are dropped … whichever comes FIRST).

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