Happy to be here for The Week of July…


A storm was coming in on Sunday; I had been watching it all day.  I waited until I heard thunder to start tearing my equipment down.  Most of the patrons had moved inside when their drinks and plates of food started blowing off the tables.  I was nestled into my little corner with all of my stuff, as I typically am, now trying frantically to pack everything up because the rain was starting to drive down, hard.

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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”