CLICK ON MY TRIANGLE-NOSE VIDEO LINK, ABOVE! Last month I told you about how much fun I'm having with my current recording project. You might find it interesting to hear how one of my songs changed as it developed in the studio. The (very short) video starts with a short clip of just my voice from a "concept" recording I made for my pianist, Libby McLaren - on my iPhone! It continues with a smidgeon of our brainstorming session for the piano, and ends with a much more "together" version of a song I wrote called, Shoulda Made You Love Me. The song sounds completely different with added percussion (Dave Rokeach) and bass (Derek Bianchi).
When I wrote the song, I was channeling my inner 90s rom-com soundtrack writer (you'll hear what I mean). The song is fully recorded, but it's not finished! It still needs mixing and mastering. It's only about a minute and a half, so please give it a listen--see if you notice the difference in emphasis on the words, "I should have made you love me" between the first and last versions. The more you work on something, the more it gels, and actually, that's an important lesson for singers trying to develop their own voice. The more you sing it, the more you discover about a song - even one you may have written yourself! I love that this can happen, that your understanding of a song can grow.
DANCING WITH FAMILIES!
I say it often - I love being a dance caller, and each year, I'm asked to call quite a few family dances for school events. (I've had the pleasure of calling the pictured dance in Sebastopol for four years!) If you're interested in how a family dance works, they occasionally show up--and you can attend! You can check NBCDS.org, or BACDS.org to find dance schedules for the whole of the Bay Area (SO MANY dances!) and I happen to know that there will be a family dance in Sebastopol on April 28 (I won't be calling that one, but check it out!)
HARMONY WORKSHOP UPDATE
Our February 24th Intro to Harmony workshop was well-attended and loads of fun - so much so that several who attended quickly signed up to take the March 10th Advanced Harmony workshop, so it fully sold out!
Libby and I are scheduling the next series - including an intermediate level workshop - for three October Saturdays, and I'll let you know which dates, soon. We're hearing that several folks who feel themselves to be true beginners would love to have a follow-up workshop soon after the Intro level, so our Intermediate Workshop will provide that - a nice way to reinforce what was acquired in the Intro workshop. And that intermediate level will provide a more appropriate opportunity to jump back in the pool for folks who aren't really beginners, but need to paddle around a bit before diving into an advanced workshop.
DO YOU WISH YOU COULD ATTEND ONE OF THESE WORKSHOPS CLOSER TO HOME? Libby and I may be able to bring them to you!
If you think we can attract 8 - 12 students who would like to learn harmony singing, and someone can offer a living room, church, or community center for two or three hours, email Celia for ideas on making this a reality!