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November 15, 2011

See? It's good for you!

I need to share with you my experience of last week, but for the moment, I'd like to encourage you to check out this link.

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October 18, 2011

You've Got A Sporting Chance

Tonight my eldest son and my husband are at a professional soccer game in the UK.  There is a phenomenon in the sporting world outside of North America that requires some consideration by the music world.

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October 03, 2011

If Video Killed the Radio Star, Then....

I was at the preschool the other day and this little guy - four years old with a sweet sweet face like a Raphael painting - was humming to himself all morning.  Of course it made me happy all over.  Then, in the middle of nothing at all, he breaks into "Video Killed the Radio Star".  Well, I'm STILL beaming on the inside at the thought!

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September 28, 2011

Comments Please!

I'm pleased to say that the "comments" feature has been enabled on the blog now, so if you have input or feedback, please leave it here.  I'd love to hear from you!

September 16, 2011

Your mother is always right - except when she's not

It continues to astound me how many adults tell me the same story; they are convinced that they can't carry a tune in a bucket.  (I know that's a cliche phrase but it's one I like).  If that sounds like you, I assure you that you are almost definitely wrong.

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August 30, 2011

Happy New Year! Let's Sing!

Tomorrow is the last day of August, which means that the next day is September.  For many of us, September, more than January, marks the start of new things.  Why not make a "new year's" resolution for this season?  Come sing.  Diana, a mother and photographer by day,  is organizing the September 24th all-day Sing YourSelf workshop in Calgary.  Here's what she has to say about improv singing:

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August 15, 2011

The Venezuelan Model

Quite by accident the other night we found ourselves watching a broadcast of the Proms at Royal Albert Hall. Playing was the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.

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August 02, 2011

Folk Fest Goodness

Spent a wonderful sunny day at the Canmore Folk Music Festival yesterday.  It always helps when the weather is perfect as it was this year, but it was a great day.  It was inspiring to watch Ken Whitely; a long-time folk musician who has done a bit of everything.  He played the Children's Concert on Saturday.  My kids loved him, and I was reminded of some gems of songs I'll use at preschool this year.

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July 21, 2011

Psyched to Sing

I can't believe we're already thinking about the fall but we are.  Just to let you know what is coming down the pipe:

September 24th - write it down!  Full day vocal improv workshop in Calgary (details in the previous blog post)

It looks as though I will be leading monthy vocal improvisation workshop evenings both in Canmore and in Calgary - everyone is invited!

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July 14, 2011

Sing YourSelf

Save the date!  I have been invited to lead a full day of vocal improvisation in Calgary on September 24th 2011.  It's a Saturday.  It will be at St. David's United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Cres NW Calgary) and the investment is a mere $75.  To register contact Diana at diana@slaters.ca.  So that's the information, but the fact is that I'm really really looking forward to it.  You can do so much more in a full day of improv than you can in an evening!  We'll be doing vocal percussion, harmonies, melodies, soloing and deliberate listening.  One of the best things about it is that there is no such thing as a wrong note!  I think of it as colouring outside the lines, or unleashing your "inner Ella" - Ella Fitzgerald being the indisputable queen of scat singing.  I feel really honoured to be asked to lead a workshop like this.  I'll keep you posted on other workshops I'm doing - evenings or full days.

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