Any reader of mine knows I take voice lessons. I do it for my own enjoyment and creative enrichment. I am not the greatest singer in the world but I get a lot from it and that’s all that matters to me. To me it is the most satisfying thing to start a song and have it be pretty awful and after working on it for a few weeks it is listenable.
I’ve seen great improvement over the years and if you look at some of my past videos and compare it with today’s I think you can see that.
So today was the summer recital (we have 3 a year, spring, summer and Christmas) and I decided to sing If I Were a Bell from Guys and Dolls. It is a relatively easy song but the lyrics are very similar from verse to verse and it kept tripping me up. Thankfully with lots of practice I got through it at the recital without any lyrical problems. Phew!
The video doesn’t do it quite justice but the crowd seemed to really enjoy it. I hope you do too! 🙂
So today I woke up with a sore throat. It’s a cold with a cough but still not my favorite thing! Everything is a little cloudy so I won’t write long. I just wanted to write this one question to the crowd. Lately I’ve been doing so well with the exercising and eating right. Suppose I get sick for a week. In the past such an event has ruined my attempt to get in shape. How do each of you stay committed to your fitness regiment while you are recovering from illness? How do you know when you are ready to push yourself and begin exercising again? I am hoping that by resting today and more tomorrow I will be able to exercise Tuesday even if it is for just a little bit.
Tomorrow is my recital that I’ve been working for. I’m nervous that I won’t be able to perform. The only thing that I have to hope for is that the song I am singing is Adelaide’s lament from Guys and Dolls. This song is perfect because Adelaide is sick when she is singing it. The song is about how because her man Nathan Detroit won’t commit Adelaide is getting sick. It is supposed to be done in a squeaky New York accent. I’m not great at it but I have come a long way. Here is a recording of me singing the song. Please be gentle in your critiques. A few of the notes aren’t perfect but I’m working on it. One of the hard things about singing is there is so much to concentrate on- pitch, tone, words, acting, diction, vocal dynamics, correct breathing, posture etc. At least I can honestly say I am improving particularly in my belty tone.
You won’t get the full effect of the performance by just the vocals. I plan on wearing my fluffy bathrobe and having a box of tissues in my hands. Plus I always get lots of praise for my acting ability in recitals. I wish I could preform in a real play again (haven’t been in one since high school) but it hasn’t worked out yet. The local plays in Utah are so darn competitive and I get super nervous in auditions (although I haven’t done one since high school so perhaps I am better at them now? Who knows?) Let’s just hope I am feeling well enough to be in the recital. I will update the blog tomorrow to share with you what happens.
Here’s the original broadway version of the song. Like I said, I know I have a long way to go but I am improving!