It seems that my mind is buzzing with so much information to integrate that I am forever awake!
I’ve had my youngest daughters class camping at our place for the past three days and it’s been raining so they have all been bunkered down on the living room floor.
Imagine sleeping with 26 kids in the house! Maybe I can’t get to rest tonight simply because it’s so quiet.
The thread of storytelling has come to the forefront for discussion both literally during the camp and also with my music.
We worked on finishing the next recording and the first thing that hit me today was how different it sounded with the space of a week in between sessions.
I had a sore throat and wasn’t feeling so well so was not sure how I would sing today, and it took me some time to connect with the telling of a story.
Overall it has been a really good experiment.
I have come to realize that I want to keep working on the previous songs as I go, to be sure that I keep moving forward on them and that they do not slip away.
So it’s time to write, free form, I’m actually petrified of doing this so looks like another fear has reared it’s ugly head to be dissolved.
What better forum than to give it a go right now…
“nyyyyuuuup, yup move go window.
Ring a ding man said it’s singing, ah my head hurts I think it’s going to explode – just go man just go to the window of your soul and the you will see the light shooting beyond the beyond into the future that is to become, your future so bright.
Hold onto it tight like. Kite don’t let go for you know that it’s true just for you as you think, so shall you go into the lines that define the creation of your mind weaving time into matter and matter into fine creations of Devine inspiration moving translations of extraordinary thought rolling through seas of imagination, expanding into mysteries for mankind ever blooming.”
Wow that’s fun, I’m thinking I’d like to play with rapping and rhythm next piece.
Choir is going great – it’s much more full on when you are the only harmony part.
You really need to know your stuff otherwise there is no one to anchor with.
One of the other ladies, Coral, explained that for her it’s like a jigsaw puzzle and that once she knows all the parts then she can easily hold her own.
I am moving forward with the beat boxing – still a way to go but definitely moving forward.
I am away next week on a theta healing course, so a bit nervous that I will fall behind.
Actually, come to think of it, I’m nervous about going away on this Course.
It’s full on to leave the girls and Pete, and while eternally I feel excited, I also feel that so much is happening right now.
I guess that I just have to trust that it’s all perfect and there is something in this experience that I need.
I was given the most amazing DVD to watch tonight called “Garbage Warrior”.
For me, as an Architect, it was so inspiring and a very important part of the puzzle.
I feel like I have a lot of balls in the air, I know that it’s all important, I just hope that I can hold enough concentration to create something truly amazing.
Then again, everything that I am learning is that it has nothing to do with me, I’m just a conduit.
Ok well it’s time to try sleep now. I have a 630 start for a morning sounding session, so sweet dreams.
Yes, you were really buzzing this lesson after having so many house guests. I didn’t envy you but it was great you handled it so well.
The theme of storytelling did come up in your lesson today when we were talking about writing songs and we looked at Adele’s video in relation to song writing.
As I have always said, a singer’s most important job is to tell a story and to tell a story well you really have to be connected to it. If you can master this aspect of music, especially singing, people will love to listen to you.
We also spoke about subject matter for stories and I mentioned that the more connected you are to the story (in other words, telling your story) and the more universally understood the subject, the more successful the song will be.
The “automatic” writing you have done in this entry will be great to use in a piece with some rapping. I’m excited to do that one with you.
And for all our followers, here’s Joanna’s latest composition. We’d love to hear what you think about it as it’s really “between the cracks” as far as genre is concerned.
Feelin’ Good (28/10/11)
It is always good to touch base with material you have learned in the past and it’s something I always do whenever I have a solo gig. That is, revisiting past repertoire and adding new songs.
Coral’s advice regarding learning the parts for choir is spot on. If you learn all the other parts, you will be able to hear how your part relates and fits into the music. This makes it so much easier even though it sounds like more work.
The ease of singing harmony will come with experience. The more you do it, the more you hear and the better you get at it. (The same with all music really.)
I think the beat boxing and the rapping will fit in well together as far as your learning goes and maybe we could do them both in your next composition?
Looking forward to it!