Note: Skip this blog and all my eventual others labeled singing if you are not into non-professional A Capella singing…..
Yes the thought gives me shivers too.
I hate singing A Capella. I suck at it. But I want to improve my tendency to slide under notes, and this is the only way I can think to do it. Plus, I have no music and I can’t play anything due to spacial dyslexia (I cant tell right from left) 🙂 So after about 10 tries, this is the best effort for this lovely Christmas song. And thank you friends for encouraging me to keep trying. I am compiling these for my parents for Christmas as a gift to them although I’m not sure if it will be a gift or a torture session!
So why don’t I use music? I haven’t found anything free that I like; I like to embellish and create complimentary sections; I like to control my own meter instead of being controlled by the music (something my voice instructor HATED when I was training!)
But I march to the beat of my own drum, even when the drum is making my eardrums bleed. Stubborn doesn’t even begin to cover it. One of my first phrases to my mom was ” I CANT want to!!!” She should have bundled me up and left me on a church doorstep right then and there. Bless her lovely soul.
I started voice training last year from 2 events that occurred in my life: cancer and a dream. Cancer helped me get off the merry-go-round and try new stuff (like blogging!) My dream scared the pee right out of me. I was in heaven, and God looked at me and told me to sing a song. I tried and nothing would come out. I said I was sorry but I couldn’t. He told me that he gave me a gift and I didn’t develop it and I wasnt getting any crown. Or a mansion. Just a doghouse. I woke up in terror, and thought ok I’m signing up cause I don’t want THAT to happen!
So I decided I would try. Didnt work out so good. My instructor put me on a professional track and I injured my voice rather badly because the songs were too ambitious for my level–couldn’t sing for 3 months. But giving up after one attempt is pretty wimpy, so here I am doing recordings and trying to decide if my “I think I can” train can go up that hill again.
And comments or criticisms or constructive assistance are always welcome. Even “you suck, stop putting this out for me to waste my time on” is really quite ok. It just makes me work harder……