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Start of Something New
I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Basically, I started going to grad school, fell off the wagon, then got really busy.
But I’m making a commitment, since Easter is a new start itself. I’m going to be posting every day from now on. It’ll help me stay on track and make me stay on the health train. I’ll reveal more next week, but stay tuned for new updates!
Q:How are you doing with your journey?
Sorry that I haven’t responded in a timely fashion.
With regards to weight, I’ve lost 30 pounds and gained a new love for veggies.
Singing-wise, I’m getting ready for a cantata performance (I have 2 solos) and Christmas Eve service (singing at 2 church services that night).
Fitness Friday: Making It Through
I want to go ahead and apologize for any possible typos or stuff that doesn’t make any sense. I am sick as a dog right now with some stomach foolishness, and my neighbors are playing rap and hip-hop. I can’t relax to that, sorry.
The only thing I’m going to really say is that I’ve felt like I’m not making any progress this week. It’s difficult to measure how I’m going right now, but I do have one non-scale victory to share with you.
On Tuesday, I was working on getting a ring off of my finger. Now this ring has been on my finger for 4 years straight, and I realized the summer before my senior year of undergrad that the ring wouldn’t come off because I was so large.
Fast-forward to Tuesday, and I decided to try and work my ring off. I do this about every two weeks, just to see where I am. Well, I felt what I thought was my knuckle as I worked the ring up. Suddenly, I realized that the ring was in my left hand, and my right ring finger was bare.
So all of you keep working on your fitness goals, even when you think you hit the knuckle of progress. Eventually you’ll pass over it.
Singing Saturday: Handel and Melismas
I’m going to sing “Rejoice Greatly” from Messiah on Christmas Eve for church.
When I first decided to take this project on in August, I took one look at all those melismas. This is a pretty accurate representation of me, despite the fact that I look nothing like this:
Yeah, I really love singing Handel, but fast melismas and I don’t get along. At all. But like pretty much anything in music, I have to do it at some point, so I might as well figure out how to master it enough to not sound ridiculous. So here’s some of my tips for working on melismas:
- Chunk it. Especially with Handel’s stuff, there’s usually a pattern you can find and follow to chunk it. You don’t want the finished product to sound like you chunked it, but it’s helpful for making it manageable.
- If it is too high for singing a ton in the practice room, don’t practice it up that high. Practice it down an octave (if you can) so you get some idea for how it will feel when you pop it up the octave.
- Practice it really slowly. I have a problem with this because I want to sing it at performance tempo right away. But you have to practice it slowly so it’s even when you get it up to performance.
- Don’t overpractice melismas. This goes for everything, but for me, if I constantly sing melismas over and over, my vocal folds and brain turn into cooked spaghetti. Sing them through about five times a practice session, then quit and practice something else.
Hope this helps! Send me an ask if you have more questions.
Alleluia - Paul Basler
Performed by Le Petit Choeur
Dr. Rodney Shores, Conductor
Right so… I was looking for a performance of this piece and I ended up stumbling upon a recording of the choir I was in a few years ago singing this!
I sang this with this group my junior year of high school
OH GOD NOSTALGIA FEELS
Fitness Friday (Finally!)
Now that life has gotten back into a normal pace, I can start doing Fitness Fridays and Singing Saturdays again.
Fitness-wise, I’m doing fairly well. I can feel my clothes fitting better/looser on me, but it’s also frustrating at the same time because I don’t know my exact measurements. The only scale I can use is at my parents’ house, 5 hours away. Same with the tape measure.
Honestly, I haven’t even really had bad cravings for sweets recently. I do eat them, but in much smaller doses. I physically can’t handle a ton of sweets anymore. I’m kinda glad, because now I have a reason to mentally push that stuff away. But at the same time, I’ve always loved sweets. You could count on me to eat 10 pieces of fudge and 8 peanut butter blossoms on Christmas Eve alone. However, I really can’t eat like that anymore. It isn’t healthy.
I also can get up the stairs of my school’s music building with my full laptop bag and my guitar on my back without panting. That’s a big accomplishment for me.
I’ll be going home in about a week or so, so that’ll be good for my waistline too, because I’ll be eating real food and not ramen at least once a day.
Have a great rest of the day!
Only sad part about losing weight is not fitting into my clothes. They’re beautiful and I don’t want to donate them to goodwill :( but also YAY FOR NOT FITTING INTO THEM
This is such a weight loss problem! It’s always sad to say goodbye to clothes you used to lose that are now too big!