Songwriting – Courting the Muse

As I write this, I’m sitting on a plane on my way to California to see my family over the Memorial Day weekend. I’m letting my mind drift, and I’m thinking ….I need to write a song. But a familiar, panicky feeling takes hold. How do I start? It ‘s been a long time….well over […]

Managing Performance Anxiety

Almost everyone who sings in public has experienced stage fright at one time or another. This can range from a little fluttery feeling in your stomach before you go on stage, to the kind of severe panic attacks that hamper one’s career and  make it almost impossible to perform, such as that famously experienced by Barbra Streisand. What is performance anxiety -­‐ or stage fright -­‐ how does it manifest itself, and what can you do about it? When we are nervous about performing in public, we react with the fight-­‐or-­‐flight response, and our bodies flood with a rush of adrenaline. This reaction was very handy when we were cavemen reacting to a dangerous situation, such as a dinosaur about to attack us. The hormones flooding into […]

Musical Theater Auditions Do’s and Dont’s

DO – Prepare a variety of songs for your book that you can pull for auditions, including: Standards (up tempo and ballad) A character piece (humorous) Contemporary Broadway (After “Hair”) pieces, ballad and uptempo A 50’s 60’s song (Hairspray, Grease, etc.) Something with a simple vocal you can sing on an off day Something with […]

Practice Guidelines for Vocalists

Practice Guidelines for Vocalists

How, and how often should I practice? That’s a question everyone asks at one point or another, and there is no one answer. Your practice routine depends upon many factors, such as: what shape are you in now, vocally, and where do you want to be? Are you performing regularly, or getting ready for a […]

Singing with Allergies

Singing with Allergies

Sinus congestion, fatigue, runny nose, itchy eyes, headaches…many of us experience at least some of these symptoms when the pollen count is high. Allergies can play havoc with your voice in many ways, creating wheezy breathing, stuffy noses and irritated throats. However, many of the antihistamines and decongestants that might offer temporary relief are very […]

New Year’s Music Goals

I hope your holidays have been wonderful. This year, in addition to spending time with friends and family over the holidays, I’ve had some time alone to reflect. It’s a wonderful time, as we prepare to put the old year to rest and welcome in the New Year, to look back, take stock and set […]