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Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan would have celebrated her 88th birthday this week.  She’s been a major influence on my singing throughout the years.  A friend in college “loaned” me her Linger Awhile album and it was love at first listen.  I never returned the album, and my only regret is that I didn’t “borrow” it from her sooner.  I would have returned it to her (I promise!) but the last I remembered, she was wandering the college dorm hallways bawling her eyes out, which didn’t seem like an appropriate time to return a CD. Read more “Sarah Vaughan”

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Time Waster

I’ve owned a small television since adolescence, and when I lived in New York, I slapped a sticker on the top that looks like a traffic sign and says “Time Waster.”

That television and I have wasted many a good time together, and I’ve been saddened at its recent flickering screen.  I don’t watch it all that often anymore, but it’s nice when I want some background noise and flashing light to be my companion for the evening.  However, that companion sucks me in to stupid things – that I ordinarily don’t care about – but now must stick around for just to satisfy my impetuous human curiosity for how a storyline ends (right after these messages, of course).  It’s a bad relationship, in my opinion. I’m thinking of canceling my cable subscription, but haven’t yet been able to muster up the courage. Read more “Time Waster”

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Vocal Coach

So, when I went to New York City right out of high school, I did a lot of things wrong.  I can say with certainty, however, that I did one thing right.  I took vocal instruction for a time with Steve Sweetland.  Looking back, I didn’t fully appreciate how valuable the instruction would prove to be.  I believe that Steve taught me how to use my voice in such a way as to be able to sing 10 nights in a row with a band at varying nightclubs, to sing with a cold or bad allergies, and (years later without realizing it would be a benefit) to use my voice wisely when giving instruction in group fitness classes, all without losing my voice.  Ever.  In the last eight years, I cannot recall a time when I had to cancel a gig or class because I had no voice, and I credit that to Steve. Read more “Vocal Coach”