Man, I should be on this thing bi-weekly at the very least. It's been almost a month without a post! I think it's crucial for a blog to be kept updated not only for the reader(s), but for the blogger to stay somewhat disciplined in their venture.
Many things have been going on. One reason that I haven't updated in a while is because I have pretty stressed. I don't know why I'm stressed, because if the God behind me, happens to be the same God who created the universe, there is no reason why I should fret about anything. Yet, I am still human.
One thing that is happening this semester is that I am giving private lessons. One of our projects in Vocal Pedagogy, is to give vocal lesson to a student (or students), and teach them the basics of singing. It sounds simple, but it most definitely is not. What a journey it is! Although we are teaching vocal lessons, it is a much deeper experience than doing just that. You, the teacher, are releasing their voice, and helping instruct them to sing with the one muscle that holds their identity, and what they will use most throughout their life; their voice. I have come to see that I learn most when I am instructing my students. I might point out something that they should correct here and there, and then I come to realize that I should be doing correcting the same thing myself.
Ah! I just went back and revisited one of my pieces. I decided to scrap one of my first pieces, which was eight minutes long, entitled, "Ice Cold Eternity". Yes, it was kind of difficult to come to the decision to scrap a song that had months invested into it. The upside, though, is that I decided to take some chords from that song, and put them into finishing this other song in C that I was working on
My throat is in so much pain. I haven't even been singing much! This is so irritating. I pray that it can be fixed, whatever it is.
Here is an a capella piece that was shown to me by my friend Nolan. This song speaks for itself. Please share! Please please please share with everyone!!
Who's been slacking? I've been slacking.
Last Monday we started school, and man, what a ride! Though I'm prepared for a pretty extensive workload, I'm excited for the courses I am taking. I'm taking Theory II, Aural Skills II, Vocal Literature and Pedagogy, Applied Voice, Music History, and the three choirs. Our new vocal instructor, Dr. Shellie Beeman, is a pretty cool cat. She has so much planned for all of us voice students this semester, and is ready to get us started out well. She also happened to do her doctoral dissertation on vocal health, so she is a NUT in vocal health. Maybe she can help diagnose that random pain in my throat that has persisted for a little over half of the year.
Random venting, today I got THREE tickets! THREE!!! Seeing as this is my first year on campus having a car, I wasn't educated on the fact that we each needed a parking sticker on our windshield. After school yesterday, I go outside, and see that I had a $25 parking ticket on my windshield, for parking on school property without a sticker. After that, I knew that I needed to go tomorrow (which is today) to get a sticker for my car. I go outside first thing in the morning, and I have ANOTHER ticket for $25. How am I supposed to get a parking pass when the college OneStop isn't open!? After being pissed off, I drove my car to the other outerside of campus for the day, and then went to class. After class, I go to my car, and I come to find ANOTHER PARKING TICKET! What the heck! So I go to OneStop with three parking tickets to pay it off with my debit card, and my debit card expired 4 DAYS AGO! But hey, ce'st la vi, and I probably just spelled that wrong. At least we're getting a little humor to start off the year :)
There is soooo much stuff that I have to tell, but alas, I forgot most of it.
There is so much progress in my personal collection, too. I've added another verse to "In the Rain", I've added another verse to "In the Wind", and I've revisited and almost finished a song (previously called "The Dome Home") that I haven't been able to continue since this time last year. After thinking long and hard, I did decide to scrap one of the songs that was going to be on the album. After working with "Ice Cold Eternity" time and time again, I have decided to scrap it, seeing as the story isn't as cohesive as it should beand it is also a bit too long. Subsequently, I am putting some invaluable instrumental parts that I had used in "Ice Cold Eternity", into "The Dome Home". Now, "The Dome Home", as of late, has got me excited! I'm thrilled to say that it's another song that is a story with an allusion to one of my FAVORITE tales!