Monday, December 10, 2012

Vocal workshop

I can't tell you how exhilarating it was to participate in Micah Barnes vocal workshop yesterday. A full six hours including performance warm up techniques, lots of laughs and oodles of support. Such diverse vocalists including singer/songwriters, a sweet teenager and a couple of us more full blossom gals.

I choose to sing Peggy Lee's "I Don't Know Enough About You" and with some probing questions from Micah - leading me to set a scene in my mind as to what the lyrics really meant for me including where I envisioned it taking place - first date, 3rd date, setting - what I wanted from the guy I was singing to, picturing! Got my  brain in gear - so I was thinking, Birdland, 3rd date, handsome mysterious older guy - and with encouragement, to play with him like a cat, teasing the information out. So fun.
I even got to do the lyrics as a saucy little duet with Micah.

I think a couple of adjectives used to my improved performance were "sparky" - I think that's all to the good for an Aries girl. I learned so much from listening to others as well - everyone had such special gifts it was a privilege to be in their company. No comparing, we are all on our own journey to be the best me we can possibly become.

Getting us out of our heads and doing physical warm-ups was super helpful I plan on doing those at home..wonder if I can summon courage to go the GNO soon? It certainly inspires me to continue singing and  start taking lessons.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

RBC Jazzology event

Carissa Kimbell and Christopher Platt

What a treat to hear these graduates of our "Jazzology" program last night at the RBC on Hanna Avenue in Liberty Village. To sweeten things even further, a cheque was presented to Ross Porter in the amount of $50,000! Perhaps I should consider changing banks...
IMG_3624.jpgAline Homzy (violin) Rob Grieve (guitar) and Mark Godfrey (bass)

It was a nice little mingler with Brad Barker, Ross Porter, Victoria Sanjana and myself from the station and Barry Elmes (York), Pat Collins (Mohawk), Jim Lewis (U of T) and Denny Christianson (Humber) representing their respective schools.  Pat had to leave early for one of the best reasons in the world for a musician as Ross joked "he had a gig."

Victoria suggested it would be an amazing Live to Air event to have even more graduates perform for our donors! Great idea...our listeners would be treated to the amazing talents of these young musicians.

Speaking of wonderful musicians - my friend Brenda Lewis has a gig this Saturday December 15 at a Mexican place called La Revolucion...2848 Dundas Street West from 9 - 11 p.m. She will be accompanied by the very talented Margaret Stowe on guitar.

Finally, on a sad note legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck passed away at the age of 91  - one day shy of his 92nd birthday. I had the privilege of hearing him when he was a young pup of 80 something and still sounded fabulous. You just know he will be one more treasured member of that big jazz jam session  in the sky. Thanks for the beautiful music including the iconic "Take Five".