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Feel every emotion.

12 Sep

During my early teen years, I took voice lessons, and I still remember the first song I ever sung to Miss Julia Helen, my voice teacher. On my very first day of voice lessons, I was incredibly nervous, and I knew that Miss Julia Helen would ask me to sing for her (since she had told me to come with a song prepared). Around the time I began taking voice lessons, my mom and I had recently returned from a trip to New York City.

When my mom and I were in New York City, we saw the Broadway musical All Shook Up, which is a musical that was based on Elvis Presley songs. I hadn’t been a fan of Elvis before seeing the musical, but once it was over, I knew that I had to have the soundtrack of the musical so that I could listen to all the songs on repeat until I got sick of hearing them. My favorite song from the soundtrack was Fools Fall In Love, and therefore I ended up choosing it as the song that I would sing for Miss Julia Helen. The funny thing, however, is before beginning voice lessons (and even after I took 2 years of voice lessons), I never could read music. When I knew that I’d have to sing a song for Miss Julia Helen, my trick was choosing a song that I would be able to easily emulate with my voice. Knowing that I had to use this process made my song choice a relatively easy one. Though I know that “Fools Fall In Love” fit my voice, I also knew every single word of the song since I had listened to it on repeat for a week straight by the time my first voice lesson came around.

When I sang for Miss Julia Helen, I was practically beaming. Not only was I happy to be at my very first voice lesson, but I absolutely loved the song that I was singing. I just couldn’t stop smiling. Throughout my two years of voice lessons, I had particular songs that really touched me. “Fools Fall In Love” was one of them because it marked the beginning of a new phase in my life, my singing phase. However, two other songs that I will never forget singing are “You Raise Me Up” and “Colors Of The Wind.” Even though all 3 of those songs are each very different, they spoke to me. As well as loving the accompaniment, I was also very attached to the lyrics. Since I was able to become more attached to the songs themselves, I was able to bring more emotion into the songs when I sang them. From my history with singing, I’ve found that emotion is the key component. You want to make the audience feel what you’re feeling. You want them to feel the song inside of them. The only way to do that is to connect to every possible emotion that is present in the song.

Now that I think about it, I realize that the point I just made applies to writing as well. If, as writers, we want to have our readers feel the emotion in what we are writing, we’ve got to feel every ounce of it as well. If we don’t feel it as we are writing it, how can we expect that kind of response from our readers?

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”-Anais Nin

 

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My packing soundtrack.

11 Aug

I’ve spent most of today packing since I move into my first apartment on Wednesday (Yay!). Normally I find packing to be quite a chore even if it is exciting in the beginning. Thankfully, when I came home for the summer at the beginning of May, I left the majority of my stuff in boxes since I knew that I wouldn’t be using most of it until classes started back in the fall. That being said, though I’ve got a good amount of stuff already in boxes, I’ve got to go through those boxes and make sure I still want everything. Plus, since I’m moving into my first apartment, I’ve also got to include kitchen stuff and other knickknacks that I didn’t need when I was just in a dorm room.

The plus about my packing routine though is that I always play music. I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember, and even though my music taste has changed over the years, my love of music has remained strong. Anyone who has ever tried to pin down my music taste normally doesn’t have too much luck since my music taste is so varied. I love country because I grew up in the South and it’s my connection to my Southern roots. I love singer/songwriters because to me they signify real music since you know that the musicians wrote their own songs and sing them because they feel like it’s their true passion (and there’s nothing more inspiring than that). I also love music from Broadway musicals (primarily Rent and Wicked). I was involved in community theatre from ages 8 to 16, so I have an appreciation for the theatre industry. Also, because of my theatre background, I’ve seen 3 different Broadway musicals in New York City (Hairspray, All Shook Up, and Wicked), and they pretty much changed my life. Despite those three genres (country, singer/songwriter, and broadway musicals), I still have a relatively wide range of music that I listen to on a regular basis. However, in terms of my soundtrack for today’s packing, I’ve stuck to country songs. Here are some examples:

  • Neon by Chris Young
  • When She’s On by Chris Young
  • Cowboys and Angels by Dustin Lynch
  • Heads Carolina, Tails California by Jo Dee Messina
  • Never Say Die by Dixie Chicks
  • You by Chris Young
  • (Kissed You) Goodnight by Glorianna
  • Time Is Love by Josh Turner
  • Glass by Thompson Square
  • Lovin’ You Is Fun by Easton Corbin
  • Wanted You More by Lady Antebellum

Do you have any specific music you like to listen to while packing?