Sunday, July 16, 2017

Musical Monday - The Choir Conductor

If you are of a certain age, you will remember the Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin movies.  Here, Jerry Lewis becomes the choir conductor.  Although it is really funny, the dynamics and responses to his movements are really great.  Okay, ETS, should I adopt some of Jerry Lewis's unique style?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Musical Monday - Want To Find Your Voice? The Brothers Koren can show the way...

We will probably not all become soloists or music stars but many would dearly love to sing in a choir or smaller group.  Yes YOU can! Read how these singers found their voices and apply it to yourself.  Use the ideas to face the fear that may hold you back.  Then, this fall come on out to a choir and put your fear in your back pocket, 'dare to suck' and do it anyway.  

Face Your Fears to Find Your Voice
Brothers Koren in The Kind on stage
The Brothers Koren (formerly of Grit Pop band ‘The Kin’) opened up for Coldplay, P!NK and Rod Stewart and earned a Gold record in New Zealand.
Isaac Koren talks to VoiceCouncil about their new artist development initiative and how you can find artistic success by embracing your imperfections.

Advice For Beginners

What advice do you have for people wishing to make the leap out of the day job to pursue a music career?
Oh my god, you are my favorite artists! You are the one who has been told all your life that you need to tow the line and felt like you are not worthy of sharing your voice. You are the ones who felt not good enough or outcast from the cool kids at school and you were the ones who did not want to disappoint your parents who had spent so much on your education.
We experienced first hand how restrictive and limited the musical landscape can be
What if there was not so much intense separation from your passion for music and your money job? We have worked with over 25 people who have left their ordinary jobs and have found their own voice and sound in music through Brothers Koren and FARM.artists.

FARM.artists

Tell us more about FARM.artists:
When we were coming up through the ranks as The Kin we experienced first hand how restrictive and limited the musical landscape can be. We finally recognized that we had to stop trying to be ‘right’ and instead embrace everything ‘wrong’ about us – show up as who we really were as artists.
FARM. is our way to provide fellow rebels the support we wish we’d had when we were discovering who we were as artists. We embrace mantras like “Dare to suck,” “I don’t know what the f* I’m doing,” and “Get comfortably uncomfortable” and take you through a 9 week pilgrimage to uncover who you are and what you want to say in the world through full body instrument sessions, shadow work, songwriting intensives, and recording sessions.

A Perfect Recording Session

How to get the best out of a recording session?
We like to record all the vocals with just piano and click. For years, our producers made us sing over loud tracks and thought it would inspire us. No! The singer has to hear herself, otherwise what is the point? Who wants to hear a singer over compensate and pushing her voice to strain?
What about when the whole body is singing like an instrument and all the harmonics of the being line up and are captured in space and time on ‘tape’? That’s the space we like to dance in.
What are the ingredients for vocal magic?
Find a place where you are truly in awe and moved, even scared. Find the space in the air where you feel small and all the atoms become huge. When the space between the notes expands, that’s when the room has something palpable to listen to.
Singing is a meditation, it is our birth right, our connection to God. If you honour it like it is your last utterance then even the angels are listening. If you don’t sing like it’s your last chance to shine, then why bother at all?

Writer’s Block

How to overcome writer’s block?
The concept of ‘Writer’s block’ assumes something that I don’t believe in at all, and that is the idea that we know what we are doing.
I work from the assumption that I don’t know what I am doing
Too often we approach art in such a way that we think we should have some idea of what we’re doing and that to not know, to be stuck, is a failure. I work from the assumption that I don’t know what I am doing. That way I can ‘dare to suck’ and trust in the process.

Overcoming Difficulties

What have you had to overcome to become a singer?
When I was 15, I was asked to jam with my high school party in a backyard in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. My mate who was strumming the guitar said, “Sing for me, Zack,” and, overriding the painful sensations of shyness and fear of looking bad, I started wailing the blues. The whole party crowded around, and my mate turned to me and said, “Are kidding me? I didn’t know you could sing! Will you sing for my band?”
I had never sung before, but two weeks later I was singing to 250 screaming kids and have been at home in music ever since. Singing is like medicine for the shy. But you have to take the leap and dare to suck at it first.
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Brothers KorenThe Brothers Koren have travelled the world both as headliners and openers for the likes of Pink and Coldplay. Now, they’re developing other artists through their FARM.artists program. Find out more at brotherskoren.com

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Musical Monday - This Is My Canada

We had the best time at our Ingersoll 150 Celebrations.  Check out our Facebook for more pictures.  I love this song too and of course the pictures of our amazing country really are stunning.  
As today is also a holiday for many here in Canada, enjoy!  Happy Independence Day to our U.S. friends tomorrow.  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Musical Monday - Canada 150 Song

Although we haven't had an official song for our 150th Canada Celebration, there are some that are quite good.  This one has a lovely sound.  It isn't as "catchy" as Can-a-da that we have reworked for the 150th Celebration opening in Ingersoll, Ontario, it is very Canadian.  
Come join us at Victoria Park July 1 at 12 noon.  We are honoured to be singing.  Happy Birthday Canada!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Musical Monday - "Gangnam Style / Thunderstruck" Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band

A military band can be very staid and proper.  Go back to last Monday and see the country version of Thunderstruck.  Now, enjoy this wonderful fun version of that song.  Imagine how much fun these band members had in learning and arranging this performance.  Just listen to the audience.  Who says you can't take songs in different directions with a little imagination.  Fun!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Musical Monday - Thunderstruck by Steve'n'Seagulls

Arrive at your gig on the lawn tractor with your accordion.  These guys are having so much fun you can't help but enjoy it too.  
Now, don't you dare start making assumptions that "this isn't music" or acceptable or the like.  One of the lessons I learned as a teacher was not to dismiss any genre.  I learned so much when I finally realized that all music had value.  My students learned that too.  The first time we studied Amahl and the Night Visitors, I told the students to get over the big opera-style voices and get into the story and the music.  Once they learned not to dismiss the music that was unfamiliar, they loved it.  
We all need to travel that road.  The only time we allowed the word LIKE in our discussions was if we were going to lay down money to purchase something.  Otherwise, we APPRECIATED it all.  Try it, you'll appreciate it!!



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Musical Monday - The Scott Brothers - Hold On

I know we have friends or even our selves who will say that they aren't any good at doing something.  I will bet that these brothers who have made a career out of renovating, are stepping out of their comfort zone in making this video.  If you watch carefully, you will pick up a bit of shyness and a very gentle tone that truly suits this song.  
Bravo I say for showing that these macho seeming men can sing a powerful, gentle story.  We all have talents we perhaps have pushed down.  Don't just save those moments for when you are alone but share them.  Your courage will give courage to others.  
This weekend my tap dancing class of adults were in a dance recital.  Some had never danced before our classes this year but they enthusiastically took on the challenge of learning a dance and performing in public.  We had so much fun and we all felt that we had really rocked it.  
Fear can hold you back from some really exciting moments.  Decide what is the worst thing that can happen.  If you have never walked a tight-rope than attempting a Niagara Falls walk is not a good place to start.  That aside, try something you haven't done before.  Sign up for a dance class or a choir or take piano or flute lessons.  You may be surprised with just how much fun you are having.  What can be wrong with that?  Go do it!!