My visit to my vocal coach on Monday was brilliant. I always look forward to my session and I am constantly amazed at how my voice is improving, the clarity of notes, the pitch and the resonance. If feels wonderful, because I am doing something I love and also following a dream.
I’ve started over the past few months to download backing tracks and print off lyrics and learn the songs and the music, to inject emotion and passion although my confidence to do this is still not very good.
Last Monday I sang “Rose Garden” made famous by Lyn Anderson and more recently by Martina McBride. From there I moved to “Love of the Loved” by Cilla Black. A totally amazing song written by Lennon and McCartney in the early Sixties and was Cilla’s first single which I think entered the charts at Number 35 and she was disappointed at that. I first heard this song when I watched the film/documentary “Cilla” a couple of weeks ago. What a story. I think it made an impact on me because I grew up to the sounds of Cilla, I remember my family watching “The Cilla Black Show” on Saturday evenings and I remember Cilla hosting “Blind Date” and “Surprise Surprise” she was definitely a UK national treasure. This film brought to life her start and the whole music scene in Liverpool in the early Sixties, her friendship with Ringo Starr and the Beatles, singing at The Cavern, the fashion of the time and her wonderful friendship/relationship/romance with Bobby Willis who became her husband and was her only love. A truly fabulous story and I fell in love with that song, “Love of the Loved”. It is not easy to sing, it jumps up and down and there are a lot of lyrics to fit into a few bars of music but I still loved singing it.
From there I made a complete change to a rock song, “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue. Oh yes, a big change from Country Music and The Sixties. I have loved this song since I heard it in the 1990’s and wow – can I belt it out too – it is in my vocal comfort zone but still needs a lot of practice to perfect it.
So a few new songs to learn here, to sing out clear and brightly, to inject the emotion and to gain confidence. To record on my iPad and listen back to, to see where I can change a note or a phrase to make it mine.
Video’s shared from You Tube – I hope it is ok to do this, I just wanted you to get a feel of my mixed up music this week.
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