Monday, February 25, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Oh wherever you are and wherever you’ve been
Single Song Words by Artist / Band : Point Of GraceLyrics Title : You TalkTaken from Album : How You Live (Turn Up The Music)Single Released Date: 28 August 2007Music Genre : Christian Music
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This book already aptly applies to music voice students. Presence (or image) is definitely a part of the grading in our class, however if you have not applied some skills to the presence don't bother showing up. =) I also like what Boone says about being confident and knowledgeable. We talked about this in class too. Don't just sing a song to be pretty. Let the knowledge and passion be reflected through your voice. Convince me you mean what you sing. You will have an in-tune listener.
Another factor in the first chapter is on our Vocal "fingerprint" (qualities in our voice that causes someone in the other room to recognize us)are:
-the number of words you say in one breath
-how fast you speak
-your rythm of speech
-your ease in breathing
-the pitch of your voice
-the loudness of your voice
-the relative relaxation or tension of your voice
-your mood state
-the clarity of your speech articulation
-the resonance of your voice
Are you pleased with how your voice sounds on a recording? Does it sound convincing? Sincere? Smooth and at ease? Does it make a good impression on others? Boone recommends developing an awareness of different voices and how they compare to your own.
Here are some descriptions Boone gives to some famous voices:
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
We were able to get with friends and go to one of our favorite ice cream parlors, Leatherby's, on Saturday night. We had a great time. Afterwards, the girls and children hit Nordstrom Rack.
Sunday night we went to Mimi's after church and Noah had been getting sick and wasn't feeling great. But he was passed around to different ones at the table. At one point he ended up being pacified with a lemon by Bishop Wilson and soon after made his way into Sis.Wilson's arms. I'm glad I had my camera with me.We were also able to get together one last time Monday night and here are some fun pictures of the girls being rediculously goofy but having a RIOTeous time... and the children too seemed to be having a great time.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
I had not checked my Yanni videos since I first put them there (didn't think I needed to) when I started this blog so I didn't know anything had changed. I want to apologize to all my viewers. I have taken the video of Yanni off. Every time I try to add Yanni's "The Storm" clip, it brings up other nonsense. It is worth seeing, but not at the expense of other videos showing up on my blog that have nothing to do with what I endorse. Has anyone had this experience before?
Monday, February 4, 2008
There was a documentary on Black Gospel music that spoke of this "Call" and "Answer" phenomenon. Black Gospel music as we know it today had its roots in Africa with the intricate rhythms. Those captured and enslaved brought the rhythms with them to the Americas where they heard the white peoples' proper singing and added their twist to it. They were able to sing their music, many of them known as Negro Spirituals today, after the plantation owner and his family left for business, church, or a social call. A lot of their music had this "call" and "answer" displayed in it. For example: Call: I'm a soldier; Answer: In the army of the Lord. Another example: Call: What do you think about Jesus; Answer: He's alright. I am sitting here thinking how many times this applies in our daily life as well as in our music study and performance. When you converse with someone you expect feedback. If you don't receive it, it becomes a onesided conversation and rather boring. The preacher behind the pulpit also sends a "call" to the audience and the church responds with "Amen!" or "Preach it!" A dead congregation is a difficult church to preach to. A concert pianist who is on the stage alone bears his soul through his music and the audience answers with applause at the end. The choir, under the direction of the conductor, sings to the audience (not the conductor) and receives answer from the congregation.