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his eyes are on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.

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

Now. Time to be fabulous. (photocredit derekGavey on flickr)

  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

"Now it begins, now we start...one hand, one heart."

  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

"By flowers sweet and gay..."

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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"Who brought you these flowers in winter, sprinkled with sand from the sea?"

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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"Dissolve, my heart, in floods of tears..."

    “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...]

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Where, then, have the winds chased it, this charming soul of the lilies?

"Romance" Claude Debussy, Heather Hightower, Soprano, Linda Blondel, Piano From Deux Romances, no. 2, L. 79 Performed June 22nd, "The Heart Sings" Vocal Recital at Cove Presbyterian Church, Covesville, VA as part of the Cove Concert Series. … [Read more...]

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"Because with my silence, I give him your love."

“Tanto amore, segreto” by Giacomo Puccini, from Turandot (1858-1924)   [mp3j track="http://www.heatherhightower.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/08-Track-08-1.mp3"] They say that Puccini always had a love affair with one of his … [Read more...]