Just so we’re all on the same page here…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย this isn’t necessarily about singing, but some of that may pop up from time to time. This is about fun and sharing some of the things that I have found great pleasure in recently. Music, books; I’m not placing any limitations on it.

The Structure of Singing – Richard Miller

In my live events or if you’ve sent an email to me you’ve heard me reference Richard Miller. His teaching redefined how I thought about singing and the teaching of singing and his books are in my opinion a necessary addition to any student of the voice’s library. Unfortunately, most have gone out of print and the prices have gone through the roof. The Structure of Singing is somewhat of a catch-all book for Miller. In it he details many of the technical requirements of the modern vocalist and dozens of best practices for us. Like his other books he teaches us not only what to do but also what to look out for in order to diagnose problems before they become too firmly entrenched as habits. It’s a bit expensive, but worth every penny. Click Below:

The Structure of Singing

A Metronome

If you don’t know what a metronome is, that’s even more reason to get one. At the risk of sounding too old school, I want to highly recommend that you get one that is not an app on a smartphone. It is far too easy to be distracted with the phones other features during our precious practice time. A separate metronome as a stand-alone device won’t cause those problems. There are certainly more expensive options available, but for this low a cost most of us can save up and justify the expense for our artistic development. The Korg below even has a tuner on it!

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Korg TM50BK

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

I know this is old. It’s been around for fifteen years. Never mind where fifteen years went, the music on this has so many inspiring qualities. The rhythm and way that The Flaming Lips integrate melody into the texture. The colors of the instruments as well, seem to match so nicely the subject matter that Wayne Coyne is singing about. All of that, and my hear breaks a little more every time I listen to ‘Do You Realize.’ Click Below:

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

One of the first things you notice in listening to these recordings is the quality of sound. Recording technology was different during at the time of many of these tracks and as such, we get a very different kind of sound. I am particularly fond of drums recorded during the period from the early sixties until the late seventies. The Glyn Johns technique is often used and it creates a very distinct and tight sounding rhythm section that I absolutely love. Click Below:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Ready Player One

I just read this book. Once I started, it took two days and one of those days I stayed up until 4am because I just couldn’t put it down. Having grown up in the 80’s, this was a tour de force of nostalgia for the changes that I was surrounded with during those delicate teen years. I might actually go back and read it all over again….Click Below:

Ready Player One

Lorde – Green Light

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a break up song. Thing about this tune though, the narrator clearly indicates a desire but inability to move on while conveying a position of strength. Makes me feel a bit verklempt…Click Below:

Lorde – Green Light

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  • westernwebster

    Regarding Guardians of the Galaxy 2: They were a surprise success based on the gripping soundtrack of the first film. I was not expecting much out of the second film, because I felt they were limited by the era the music is from. There’s only SO MUCH good music from that era, and once it’s mined out – then we’re listening to weaker choices.

    I was pleasantly surprised that the music was as good as it was. I was REALLY impressed with the opening scene, because of the Juxtaposition of Groots innocence and joyous dancing against the imminent danger nearby. The action and the fight scene we all saw in the trailer was no spoiler, because it was of little consequence as the music and dancing took the spotlight.

    For once Hollywood impressed me with a sequel. ๐Ÿ˜€

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