Saturday November 30, 2013
The singing season is here! That's right; Christmas for me is the Messiah
, carols, and other lovely Christmas music. Almost every Christmas Eve, a family and I would go out in the cold of Seattle and sing to everyone that would open their doors to us. One year, we even pulled around a wagon full of stuffed animals to pass out.
Since I've moved to Omaha, the climate at Christmas has changed to below zero and preserving my voice
during this busy performing season is a bit of a caroling deterrent. Performing sick
may be doable, but is still not fun and I cannot project
my voice as well.
I have found two compromises make it possible to go caroling
in Omaha. One is to use cars and drive to select homes. The other, and my favorite, is getting permission to sing at a mall. Neither option has as personal a feel as when going door-to-door. However, the warmth makes up for a lot.
Please share with us your favorite caroling experience and why.
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Thursday November 21, 2013
I was required to sing an hour recital
to graduate with my Masters in Vocal Performance. I was not required to schedule it the Monday before my wedding
. Sure my out-of-town guests wanting to see both were appreciative, but it meant I was under a lot of pressure. To make matters worse, I accepted an opportunity to sing solo with a full orchestra the weekend before, picked up several guests from the hour away airport, and my mother stayed with me because she was too broke to stay at a hotel. My fiancé was also out of town for his internship until the day of my recital
All that stress boiled down to a sinus infection
. Luckily my vocal chords were not too swollen, but the post nasal drip threatened to choke me, and of course, I had a terrible headache. How did I survive? I walked off stage and hacked up all the mucus in my throat between sets, drank lots of water, and took Mucinex. Sleep on Sunday night became a priority, so my mom got the air mattress that night. It was selfish, but necessary. Monday I sang beautifully to a large audience, considering it wasn't the weekend. I survived and the recording proves that I sang beautifully, though the audience apparently could hear me hacking between sets!
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Thursday October 31, 2013
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, partly due to the musical Sweeney Todd
. In my college town, an outdoor theater put on the show every October. Traditions make or break a holiday and Sweeney Todd
got me into the Halloween spirit. Now that I moved, I wish theaters here produced a Halloween musical every year. I found six spooky musicals
that fit the bill and then couldn't stop there and found another six Halloween musicals
What is your favorite Halloween musical?
Do you have a Halloween tradition that has to do with singing?
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Wednesday October 30, 2013
"Going to the Chapel," brings back fond memories of singing in three-part harmony
with a friend and her sister when we were teenagers. We would stand in a row and sway in unison. Sure it was corny, but it was also fun and singing together made us closer. We sang with clear, smooth voices
and sounded just like the song on the radio, at least in my memory. Sure when I hit college, solfège
improved my harmonic abilities, but ability was not the point. My one regret is our performances
were only for friends and family!
Do you have a fond experience singing with friends?
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