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Need an hour to get your spirit revved up and then let your tears pour out? Yep, West Side Story is it.   The Song: "One Hand, One Heart"  from the Broadway musical "West Side Story." This interpretation of Shakespeare's "Romeo & … [Read more...]

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Keep it tall: It’s neither a destination nor a stopping point along the way

"To know and not do is to not know." - Buddha In fact, I'm not sure if Buddha can take the credit to this quote, or another philosopher. Perhaps it should be attributed to my voice teacher. Every time I see my voice teacher I tell her she needs … [Read more...]

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Song:"Bless the Broken Road", co-written in 1994, made popular by Rascal Flatts, performed here by me, Heather Hightower, and Rob Richmond, owner of Bay1Studios. Rob is also responsible for mashing it all together (tracks, harmonies, video clips) and … [Read more...]

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How to Keep Singing Your Song, No Matter What They Think

When I hear you sing, I become a joyful song Boundless, without limits, like the kindness of God. Rumi ♥ When I read this quote, posted onto my Facebook wall by a massage therapist friend of mine, it made my heart swell with love and gratitude. … [Read more...]

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to simply open up your heart and make the sound that on your heart? Have you ever wondered about the barrier between me and you, between you and you, between us and them? Have you ever wondered how to just … [Read more...]

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7 Secrets to Killer Karaoke: Confessions of a Classically Trained Soprano

  With over 15 years of private, weekly vocal instruction under my belt you'd think that karaoke would be a breeze in the park. Not so. I used to get sweaty palms, shaky voice, and worse...shaky mouth singing karaoke. It was a recipe … [Read more...]

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“One Hand, One Heart” from ‘West Side Story’ by Leonard Bernstein

  Click here to play "One Hand, One Heart," from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Sung by me and my friend, Dan Stern, of Charlottesville, Virginia, accompanied by Linda Blondel.   I sang this at my … [Read more...]

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With Verdure Clad, from the Creation by Hayden

I love this photo...it reminds me of a beautiful journal entry I wrote last year...with a monk...in a field. Photo credit belongs to tomkellyphoto.   [mp3j … [Read more...]

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Isn't that a gorgeous photo? Photo credit Henrique da Silva. “Fleurs" by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) from Fiançailles Pour Rire, no. 6., FP. 101 I love this song....musically complicated in its chord progressions, it's a fun one to sing. I … [Read more...]

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    “Zerfließe, mein Herze” by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) from The St. John Passion, BWV 245, Aria 35 The haunting lines from this beautiful aria sit up in a comfortable part of my voice. Admittedly, the middle region is … [Read more...]