Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post like this, but there has been so much going on that I felt I needed to update you so you’d know what’s the what.
First of all, I know that I haven’t been very consistent here on my blog or on my TBE Instagram, and to those who have continued to stick around, I truly appreciate and am grateful for your loyalty. I do want to assure you that I have not forgotten about you and that I am working on getting new content created as I can. However, there are quite a few things that have changed so I am going to be incorporating those changes into my blog life and I am pretty excited about it.
One of those changes is that I have been working with a new voice teacher since late July, early August of 2020. She is an opera singer and language professor at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and she is the best thing that has happened to my voice…ever! I honestly could devote an entire post just on her and what I have learned, but I will save that for another time. 🙂
Because of the pandemic and musicians being unable to perform for live audiences since last April, my teacher/mentor Claire created a 6-month course to help us singers unlock our potential and find our authentic voice. You can read more on it here. All of the classes are on Zoom, with pros in each field and we cover everything from (lyric) language diction to audio recording and editing to website building and branding to body movement and acting to mental health and basic performance technique. We perform in several Masterclasses and live stream recitals and have created this amazing community of support and accountability. I cannot begin to tell you how much I have grown as a singer, a performer, and an artist since we started in October. And my creativity and passion for this art form have never been more ignited.
But because we have weekly classes (with homework at times), as well as monthly performances, a lot of time is devoted to learning and mastering repertoire, which, unfortunately, doesn’t leave me much time for creating blog content. Right now, I am getting to know two French opera arias (one of which I may switch out for a French Art Song) for our two French Diction Masterclasses in April. Since we just started French diction last week, and I know pretty much nothing about this language, it’s basically just learning the melody on a vowel until I get comfortable with the text (which actually is how we should be learning classical rep. anyway). I’m also preparing my final project for the end of the course in April – I am putting together a mini recital of Mozart’s solo vocal genres – Art Song, Oratorio, Opera Aria, and Concert Aria. The theme is love, faith, and nature and it covers all the languages we have studied in this course – Italian, German, and French, and Latin. Since Mozart is not only my favorite composer of all time but the absolute hardest to sing well, it’s a lot of work! But I love and am up to the challenge. One of my goals is to be known for singing Mozart and singing his music well, so I am working really hard to make that a reality! Luckily, I’ve gotten some good feedback from some of the other professional opera singers I’ve performed in front of, which has been really encouraging! 😀
Another change is the kind of content I not only want to create but have been working on creating (at least in my brain!). I’ve wanted for a few years now to fuse my passion for music with my passion for green beauty and living and just never quite figured out how to go about doing it successfully. But I think I finally found a solution. As I spend more and more time in the music community online and on social media, I noticed that there is an opportunity to introduce eco-conscious products and living into the music world. There are many who want to be greener with their decisions but may not know where to start or what is actually any good. I want to help in that area. The details are still in the planning stage, but I have some ideas. 😉
Also, because we are going to be having a class on website design, I’m taking this opportunity to not only come up with a design for my music website (already working on color palettes and fonts, etc), but as you can see, I’ve already redesigned my main blog and identity as well. I know, I know, I’ve already changed it a gazillion times! But that was because I was in a constant state of “identity crisis” and now I finally know who I am in the blogging world and what my authentic voice is.
Until next time!