Tuesday my dad was diagnosed with a golf ball sized tumor in his pineal gland. Currently they aren’t sure if it’s cancer or not, but there’s a large chance it isn’t. He’s having emergency surgery sometime next week. We still don’t know much. Currently life just went on hold with everything and turned shitty. Good thoughts, prayers, energy, or whatever are welcomed.
Fact: I do not like or enjoy the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Book of Mormon. However, I absolutely do love the score live. There’s a reason why I’m posting a clip of course. Listen to Brian Sears beautifully Belt this area of Man Up. A few thing I’m obsessed with
On “I’m going where the sun always shines” listen to the beautiful and natural spin David Larsen gets on sun. It’s brilliant.
All around listen/pay attention to Brian’s Belt. Listen to how full bodied and grounded it is. Also notice how “free” it sounds. There’s no pressure, pushing, or straining. And the vibrato that comes soaring straight through. I’ve never heard a Cunningham Belt or sound like this. It was so refreshing. And if you can (good earphones or turned up really loud) towards the end you can hear him un-miced belting his face off on the last “time ta”
The ensemble. The energy they have vocally is out of this world. And their harmonies are fantastic. You almost feel the excitement and energy. You don’t hear of feel any of it on the OBCR.
Currently I’m on this kick of technique on grounding yourself and the sound. Also letting/using the natural space and energy come in and having it do the work (which will happen once grounded and connected). I’m hearing less and less of “full belts”. I post a lot of examples in women’s voices, but I finally found and example to use for the guys. So here you go.
So I just had my year and a half review. FINALLY after a year and a half I got a solid 2 on composure. And I also got a 3 in customer service and a 3 in beverage quality and coffee knowledge. This comes from a manager who has been with Starbucks for 18 years, has managed the original Pike Place store, and has also been a district manager. I never thought I’d see the day. I’m also starting my training in a few weeks to become a barista trainer.
One of the biggest reasons why I’m loving the new Live 2014 Revival Cast Recording of Miss Saigon is because basically everyone has grounded full bodied Belts. There is none of this mixing, thin Belt happening that I’m not fan of. Eva Noblezada as Kim is a God send. Her Belt is what exactly what I’m talking about when I say grounded.
Here is a clip from The Movie In My Mind. Listen to the word “find” and listen for
the space behind the sound
the body and grounding she has connected to the sound
the beautiful spin towards the end
and again how grounded and full the Belt really is
She has all of that in the clip, but it’s easiest to hear on “find”. Hearing that “type” of Belt is so refreshing to me. I can’t get enough of it. It’s through out the whole Cast Recording. In my opinion this is a “sound” many people should be trying to achieve in a belt…
Is anyone else deeply disappointed with Erin Davie and Emily Padgett singing Who Will Love Me Tomorrow? I know of course with any show a revival will be different, but really ladies. Give us a little more heft and belt. A little head light mix isn’t enjoyable for my listening. Other thoughts?
I went to a party last night. When I got there, there were a decent amount of people there. Slowly people started to disappear in groups of two. A few hours went by and I was sitting on the couch and looked around. I was basically sitting with the losers and uglies. All the cool people had disappeared and were fucking.