September 17th, 2022
How is it over halfway through September already? Well, fall is here and it's time to bust out all the sweaters. Yaaay. I just had a birthday recently so I've been doing a lot of thinking and journaling about what I want to do this year. It's almost like New Year's a second time around. Sort of a chance to reassess some things instead of just coasting along through the day to day.
I decided this year I would put my efforts toward learning some more Mozart in hopes of doing an album when the music is ready. Singing Mozart is many things... it's challenging no doubt, but it's also very gratifying. It's always been some of my favorite repertoire to sing, ever since I learned "Deh vieni non tardar" as a college student. Dusted that one off recently. What a beautiful aria.
I'm going to be leading a table community at Echo Church on Julia Cameron's book "The Artist's Way". I can't wait to start it again. The book sort of turned my world upside down the first time I went through it. It really helped me stop being such a perfectionist about singing and performing, and exposed some of the hang ups I had that were keeping me stuck. The book is intended to "unblock" you as an artist, and help you let go of the false perceptions you might have about creativity. It's just a really cool book and I'm excited to walk through it again with others.
I'm also starting as a jazz vocalist with the Notochords, a jazz band here in Rochester, so I've been learning lots of new tunes to sing. Some are old standards that I've sung with other groups or during my undergrad program, and some are brand new so I'm learning them for the first time. There are so many great jazz songs and arrangements that I am just now checking out. It's been exciting to dive back into that style, and I'm looking forward to challenging myself as a vocalist.
Other than working on putting together new repertoire, I have some ideas in the mix to find other opera lovers to collaborate on some projects I am dreaming up.
To art. To music. To doing the thing!