MORNING HAPPINESS: Singing the music that speaks to you.

MORNING HAPPINESS: Singing the music that speaks to you. March 30, 2015

Good morning everybody.  What a weekend.  Having a meal with somebody who’s about to die, where we all know it might be the last time you see them, is so strange.  There’s that big elephant in the room, and ordinarily I don’t mind elephants in the room.  I just point them out and discuss them, since I find awkward situations amusing and good communication to be the solution.

But that this-might-be-the-last-time-we-see-each-other elephant?  What good would it do to point that one out?  We all know it’s there and there’s nothing to do but munch some chicken and shoot the shit.

Anyway, now that the depressing stuff is out of the way, it’s going to be a bit of a late start today.  I switched my therapy appointments to Monday morning and I have some Hotline calls to make right after.  But I’ll be here, don’t worry.

For the happiness, I rocked in the car driving all weekend (14 total hours in the car).  When I was young I love rock operas, among which was The Who’s Tommy.  As a baritone I didn’t have the range to sing the titular role.  Now, though my technique is less sound, I’m older and, sadly, age makes a lot of difference in a person’s voice.  I have the range now and I put it to good use:

It felt great.

I think every singer, when learning, should have the goal of developing a clean, classical sound. However, many people get so obsessed with this that, once this has been accomplished to an acceptable degree, they’ll sneer at music that requires a singer to come off their technique to achieve a particular sound. I think that’s wrong. You want to be able to be a versatile singer, but it’s your voice. Some people don’t dream of singing into their 70s. Some people dream of singing rock music now (but trust me, learning classical technique will make you better at this) and that’s just as beautiful and artistic goal as long as you’re going in with the commitment to doing it to the best of your ability.

I’m happy to be at a point in my life where I generally get to sing whatever I want.  If I want to rock out to Tommy, I can do it.  🙂

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