Stand And Deliver

"Like a rose under the April snow, I was always certain that love would grow"

...that's a line from the Star Is Born movie soundtrack that Barbra Streisand made in the Seventies.

I had that whole soundtrack memorized in High School.

Singing along to great recordings is one way to hone your craft as a vocalist.

Sing along to Aretha Franklin and you will learn something for sure.

I'm going to sing a lot at the piano today at Rob's house.

It's snowing in Minnesota on April 14th, snowing so much that my concert for tonight has been cancelled.

(I'm pretty sure it's being rescheduled, and the new date will be announced later today, thank God.)

In the meantime I am singing at home today.

I used to say that I didn't care about the vocalizing and that I wasn't a vocalist.

I used to say I wanted to be like Bob Dylan and make it all about the words.

Well, I owe Mr. Dylan an apology on that because when I listen to his recordings I can hear his brilliant phrasing and passionate delivery.

His recordings are very much about his voice.

Nina Simone's version of his song "I Shall Be Released" is just as much about her vocal delivery as his recorded version is about his voice.

I see now that even in alternative genres, alt country like Lucinda Williams' recordings, or alt rock like Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows, these singers are singing in a purposeful and captivating way. And they have been successful doing it that way.

I seek to find breadth and depth in my vocalizing now. I'm into it.

I like to watch Beyonce's Lemonade album/movie/music video for inspiration and tutelage.

There's a lot to like and a lot to learn there.

As I accept more invitations to perform solo, I feel that I have to bring the spirit with my voice and my words.

I'm going to work on my guitar grooves today too, which are the other important component.

Stand and deliver.




Petra Schmidt April 15, 2018 @03:18 pm
Go further on! You have it all in you! I am very pleased to see that you posted my pic! I love this.
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