myqueenofthenight said: Hey. Lovely to meet you! Wanted to ask, when should you not sing? And by that I mean with regards to pain, would you certainly know there was something wrong or could you mistake it? Would be so grateful if you'd help me. Thanks.
"My answer would be that it’s like working out. Muscle soreness/fatigue is normal; means you’re working parts of your anatomy in new ways. Sharp pains are not normal; that means something is wrong. If you are always experiencing soreness, pain, fatigue after practicing, then you know you’re doing something wrong. And if you’re not sure? Time to see a doctor.
In the same vein, you wouldn’t hit the gym if you were sick, so why would you sing while sick?”
So basically, be smart about it and if you’re not sure, go talk to a medical professional. Hope this helps!
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The only thing I’d add, myqueenofthenight, is that you should trust your own knowledge of your body. You will know when something doesn’t feel right. In general, I don’t think being overly cautious ever killed anyone.
The Cafe Grumpy mascot knows just how I feel. #sendcoffee
Wee Clara Schumann
This is adorable. Always reblog Clara Schumann.
Letter to an Imaginary Director.
Dear Director who thinks it’s a good tactic to bully performances out of performers, please stop it.
I’m tired of your ghost hanging around in my rehearsal rooms. I’m tired of the energy it takes trying to convince a performer that I’m not you…
This is a great post about theater but it’s also relevant to musicians, and to creative people of all kinds.
I often think about the way the world of singing (and classical music) tacitly approves of the idea that a “good” teacher or director is one who belittles and shames their students and performers. Many other musicians have told me that they didn’t think they were “getting their money’s worth” unless they left a lesson feeling exhausted, tense, emotionally drained, etc, which has always baffled me. I wonder whether these people will go on to teach by terrifying or shaming their students in the mistaken belief that this will help them progress, and further the cycle.
I agree with the original post. This kind of behavior creates a climate of fear that keeps us all from being free and vulnerable enough to be truly creative. It places directors, teachers, conductors, and all leaders on a pedestal, and keeps performers and artists from taking responsibility for their own craft. And it needs to stop.
Born Today: Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a British singer-songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. Learn more about this 2001 inductee at the Library and Archives.
Audio clip: Queen, “Killer Queen,” recorded in Tokyo, Japan in 1985. From the Frederick S. Boros Audio Recordings.
Happy birthday to Freddie Mercury, one of my favorite voices in popular music!
Eine Kleine Meme
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Birthday: September 28th
Favorite color: Turquoise
Lucky number: I don’t have one. I’m not that superstitious I suppose!
Talents: Singing, cooking, baking, nail painting, knitting, making funny faces, identifying mystery tastes and smells, always making my flight no matter how late I get to the airport.
Last dream you remember: I dreamed that myself and my family were hiding from a gang of outlaws in a giant mansion. We were trying to go further in to be safer, but we kept finding infinitely more rooms, and infinitely lower levels.
Can you juggle: I’m not even close to being that coordinated.
Do you like writing: Once I get down to it, I do.
Do you like dancing: Yes!
Do you like singing: Ya think…?
Dream vacation: Either a few weeks in a spacious apartment in a city with good food and museums, or a few weeks in a tiny cabin on a tropical beach with plenty of coconuts and sunscreen.
Dream guy/gal: A smart, kind, funny person who thinks and feels deeply but doesn’t take life too seriously.
Dream wedding: One with good music, and good food.
Dream pet: A few cats.
Dream job: Being a professional opera singer, believe it or not. :)
Favorite album: This is a tough choice, but I’m going with “Blue” by Joni Mitchell.
Least favorite song: Anything overly repetitive.
Least favorite album: If I hated it, why would I have listened to the whole album?
Least favorite artist: I don’t spend time listening to music that doesn’t do something for me.
Hair color: I’m easy to please!
Eye color: Blue.
Humorous/serious: You need both, always.
Taller/shorter: Tall! I’m short, so that’s a must.
Biggest turn-off: Lack of a sense of humor, lack of empathy, pretension, close-mindedness, hypocrisy, proud ignorance, sexism, racism, any other ism you can think of.
Biggest turn-on: Intelligence, creativity, vulnerability, confidence, cultivating one’s inner child - in a good way!
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