A note about the book…er… story.

As most of you probably know I went back to work last September for my winter job. Well, thats over now, and I’ve taken a couple weeks of personal time to sleep, clean, mess up the house again, attempt to clean again, sleep more, and paint a family room a lovely retro avacado color that makes me feel as though I’m living in a mexican restaurant. And that is just pure heaven, and I’ve craved tortilla everything and margaritas since… wonder how that happened? Continue reading

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My Scores from NATS

I received my scores from my NATS competition recently. Basically how it works- there are 3 judges in the room and they each take notes and give you a number score in a range. Most of my comments were what I expected as I know my problem areas, but what I didn’t expect or realize was I received compliments. My voice teacher was also judging that day and had a break when I was up, so she came down to watch. Her thumb was ice covered it was so bruised from taking comment & scores. With that said she explained that there’s such a limited time to get down what they need to, to give a compliment is rare as it takes up that time. Not to mention when you have to ice your thumb from writing so often and quickly, they only try to hit the important parts. The important parts are generally meant to be more constructive. I was told I have very fine Italian and that I have an enjoyable and  warm voice. While on some level I realize these things, it was really accomplishing to hear it from two other voice teachers. I hope my voice teacher was rather proud as she’s really my whole vocal world and what made me capable of even doing what I did in that competition. Thanks Michelle.

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My Superbowl.. er Rather NATS.

For the last couple months I’ve been prepping for my first vocal competition in about 15 years. It’s been interesting for me. In my lifetime I went from young popstar dreams to a completely different sound. It began in H.S. when I had to learn art and language songs.  I then spent the last near seven years with a private voice coach. In lessons we cover a little bit of everything, but generally I learn Italian and German arias, folk, and music theater pieces. For this competition I was entered in the advance classical group. I thought, even though I hate hate hate posting myself, I’d share this since this is really where I am at vocally, and it is an accomplishment. It’s unfortunate that I was extremely ill the week preceding this and it’s noticeable, but regardless I did fairly well. I will post my ratings, maybe ;), when I recieve them.  NATS – National Association of Teachers of Singing. 😉

Just Because It’s Important

So my best childhood girl sent me this song awhile back, and it just sets the perfect picture of growing up for me.  I embrace memories, because they remind us of the times in our lives when things were either happier or so sad we’re grateful those times have passed. And the word home has many meanings, it doesn’t have to be an actual house, maybe it’s just that place we feel safest, even if it’s tucked neatly into the folds of fond memories. I love my girls, they always take me home again. Cheers.

 

A Day of Reset.

Monday for me is always that day that allows me to reset for the fresh week. I get a chance to reinstate my diet, any routines, do what I need to do on a more frequent basis, like clean. The kids are in school, the husband at work, and I am alone with time to do what needs to be done even if that means sleeping. Which I did today. I was up awhile last night, because part of my younger years was trending on Twitter, and people were trying to understand how that could happen, while the fans were going psycho with it. Continue reading