There is a fine line between the possibility of something wonderful happening, in a tiny moment, when you least expect it. It happened in a room at Mackay Conservatorium workshop for young people, exploring with me, the possibilities of bringing a song to life.
A song presents initially, to an artistic interpreter (singer) as a series of black marks on paper; the hard labour of composer and lyricist. It once lived in their hearts and minds. It is now committed to a written form ready to be shared with others. This is a near daily occurrence for professional singers.
The challenging responsibility for breathing life into these marks on the page is daunting. The deconstruction from material form to organic noises is an art - a perfo...
Songs are made up of ideas delivered purposefully in an emotional form. Music and melody can conjure an emotional response. No debate. A Song delivers ideas (messages) in a way that is accessible and emotional – this is the music part. The delivery method (words and music) is ideally suited to the message .
The messenger, singer, needs to be authentic.
You need to be as one with and connected to, what and how you are delivering, or audiences will subliminally switch off. It’s not always about them liking you, it’s about them staying with you - engaged and transported.
The relentless intensity of engagement is essential. The challenge to the audience is - don’t you dare drift off because if you do you may miss something really funny, meaningful or moving. Give value to t...
The Friends School built the $10 million dollar auditorium for students and the lucky people of Hobart. I was lucky enough to sing in this superb acoustic and then hold a Masterclass for thirty-four gleeful Musical Theatre aspirants. It was a weekend of open hearted revelation.
To inspire authenticity, is the goal I set myself in front of a class of singers. I have no idea who they are, what they are singing or where they come from. It doesn’t matter much. Anonymity serves the singer.
We want less of you, to see more of you.
Singing and storytelling demands that the singer/storyteller jump so inside the lyric and melody, that we lose sight of them and all their foibles. They must become a medium for the composer and lyricist, not just an interpreter. The performer is that fulcrum betw...