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Sing with Me, Sing for the Years

Voice Lesson #5: Today we worked on some Ludchen exercises, and then we began to work on Simon & Garfunkel's "The Dangling Conversation."

It's a good song, with exquisite lyrics and a good range, going from high to low, which makes it enjoyable for me to sing. The problem is, I sing it the way Paul Simon sings it, which is not how my teacher wants me to sing it. She wants me to draw the vowels out more.

It's also being brought home to me how timid a singer I am. I am used to singing in public places or in places where there are other people nearby. I don't want to disturb them, so I sing quietly and hold my voice in. So now, I've decided to practice outside, just to get used to throwing my voice's weight around, to get accustomed to releasiing the full power of it. I can belt it out like Pat Benatar if I really try, but I usually don't try. At this rate, though, I think the timidity will prevent me from singing at my best, so it has to go. I let it go during the lesson, while singing "The Dangling Conversation," and it felt good. So out it goes.

My instructor's two cats are named Bina and Snickers. Bina is a patchwork calico, and Snickers is a darker cat. Poor Bina gets hit with the spritzer a lot. (g)

Songs I'd Like to Learn How to Sing:
1. "The Dangling Conversation"
2. "Ubi Caritas" from the Celtic Spirit album
3. "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar
4. "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady
5. Anything by Hildegard of Bingen

Its a still life water color,
Of a now late afternoon,
As the sun shines through the curtained lace
And shadows wash the room.
And we sit and drink our coffee
Couched in our indifference,
Like shells upon the shore
You can hear the ocean roar
In the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs,
Are the borders of our lives.

And you read your emily dickinson,
And I my robert frost,
And we note our place with bookmarkers
That measure what weve lost.
Like a poem poorly written
We are verses out of rhythm,
Couplets out of rhyme,
In syncopated time
Lost in the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs,
Are the borders of our lives.

Yes, we speak of things that matter,
With words that must be said:
"Can analysis be worthwhile?"
"Is the theater really dead?"
And how the room is softly faded.
And I only kiss your shadow,
I cannot feel your hand,
Youre a stranger now unto me,
Lost in the dangling conversation
And the superficial sighs
In the borders of our lives.

--Simon & Garfunkel

Current Mood: determineddetermined

I was in honors show choir in high school. My mother told me my voice sucked so I gave up singing. Reading your posts really makes me want to find a harp instructor though. I have a beautiful 23 string Celtic lap harp and no clue how to play it.

You should do a voice post of some of your singing. I would love to hear it. :)

Pixia--Ooooh!!! Yes, learn how to play that! :D I have a friend named Bevan, who I met in the SCA. She taught herself the harp with the Sylvia Woods booklets. Maybe you can do the same thing. Bevan sounds very good now.

If you made honors show choir in high school, I'm puzzled as to how your voice could sound bad. They don't let students with bad voices get in that type of group, because it's usually a competition choir.

How do you create a voice post? Maybe I'll record myself singing outside. (g)


Well, I did have to audition to get into the choir. My mom always made me feel like I must have bullshitted my way in and I just accepted her verdict. She did that with a lot of things in my life and I am learning to dig out of her criticisms. It is a slow process though.

I will check out that set of books. My biggest hurdle right now is that I believe the harp is strung wrong and I don't know how to restring it. Guess it is time to learn. :P

I am not sure how to do a voice post exactly. I know with a paid account you get 20 a month. I have yet to use one though.