Monday, July 21, 2008

Rain...


...is beautiful. This morning I woke up at seven. I know its summer and that is really early, since I didn't have to get up, but I was rewarded. I woke to the sound of rain pattering on my window and the secluded feel of a clouded dawn. Instead of hitting snooze and sleeping a bit longer as I would normally, I got up and just walked outside. When I saw the glow of the sun rising over the mountains I realized something: life is beautiful. There is so much out there, and if we only pause to see how amazing it is, we'll realize how blessed we are just to be alive and experiencing this earth. Barefoot, I walked out in the rain and just stood on the street corner, the rain tickling my head. I just stood there and couldn't understand why nobody else had woken to experience this. I'm sure I looked a bit ridiculous standing in my rain-spotted pajamas with my wet hair tousled by the wind, but I loved it! There is something empowering about standing where everyone can see me, but no one is looking. It was just me, the rain, and my thoughts.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

August Rush...


...has inspired me! I know most people don't like it or think its too far fetched, but I don't care. I love the idea of music being something higher than all of us. It is this powerful force that is everywhere. I believe that its how the soul can really communicate. I may not be the best musician, but that doesn't mean I don't feel music. Music can communicate what can't be said. Those thoughts and feelings that can't be put into words can be spoken through music. I love theatre, but there is something more grounded in musical theatre. When feeling a character through the music its as if there is some other level of connection that happens that can't be achieved any other way. I'm going to actually listen to the music around me, and I don't just mean on the radio. I mean music anywhere from anything. The sound of your feet on the pavement, the squeak of a gate, the rush of the leaves. Just listen. There is so much more out there in this world to learn and one way to discover it is through the music that is out there. Take a moment, reflect on life, and just LISTEN. I'm going to find that deeper connection and understanding that can only be discovered through music. I challenge you to do the same.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Singing...

...with my new voice teacher turned out to be all right. Actually, it was better than all right, it was amazing! There are issues I have been trying to work through with my voice and in one lesson she wa able to fix them. My new teacher specializes in a technique called speech level singing and I swear it is sent from heaven! It fixed problems with my breaks that I haven't been able to even come closing to solving before. I have only had one lesson, but in that one lesson I have learned so much. I just hope that each consecutive lesson will be just as good and that this will work out for me. I know I am going to work my hardest to improve and hopefully this is the teacher that will make the most of my efforts.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Voice...


...lessons have been a real pain for me recently. I have been trying to find a new teacher and now I've finally got one! I'm just hoping she'll be exactly what I need. I have my first lesson with my new teacher today, but I'm a little freaked! Its just scary to go to someone and just be open about singing with them. I'm scared she'll be really harsh, yet scared she won't be harsh enough. I need someone who is going to work me to my limits so I can really progress. Acting is what I love to do, and singing comes along with that so I've got to do my best to improve in all areas of performing.

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