What I Learned About Music By Having A Baby

So I’ve been away for a few months on maternity leave, since my husband and I welcomed our beautiful daughter into our world on January 6th. The last three months have been amazing, hard, exciting, exhausting, and a lot of fun. And, although I love to sing to my little one, I haven’t been (until just recently) properly vocalizing since …

Finding Your Sound

Artists are always trying to find their sound and trying to write the perfect song. And there’s no debate; great songs are necessary. But it’s a mistake to think that writing one will automatically make you a great artist. Great artists can make any song sound good, and can use any great song to create a truly magical experience. But …

Resistance

Resistance is a beast. It’s the death of creativity and even the desire to be creative. It’s detrimental to your relationships and your enjoyment of your favorite things. It is the path more traveled. It’s the fear that people won’t like you, respect you, approve of you, or admire you. It’s the killer of truly innovative and world-changing art. It’s …

Style vs substance in the 2000's

Finally made it to the current millennia! This will be the last blog in this series seeing as how we are barely into the second decade of the 2000’s now. We have examined famous and notable artists from the 1950’s all the way through the 1990’s and seen a lot of shifting in this idea of style versus substance in …

Style vs. Substance in the '90's

As we enter into 2013, we are going to start to hear a more familiar style creep in. And, hopefully, it will start to make sense based on where we have been from the 50’s up to now. In the 80’s we explored the introduction of spectacle into artistry and the role that it played in the substance and tone …

Jeff’s Mostly All-Natural Get-Well Regimen

I hate getting sick. And yesterday I had to cancel half of my lessons because, while I may be feeling decent enough to go to work, my voice is suffering from congestion and whatever else this winter season is putting me through. Many of you are likely battling illness, as well. But what is the best way to deal with …

Style vs. Substance in the 1980s

Oh, the 80’s…The 80’s were one of those decades, musically speaking, that people either roll their eyes over or get really excited about. Being a “child of the 80’s” is like a badge of honor to my generation. But the baby boomers are quite honestly horrified that the 80’s ever happened. So controversial! It’s comical to me. But the controversy …

What Makes Christmas Music So Special?

What Makes Christmas Music So Special? It’s that special time of the year again when we all get festive and put on the tried and true Christmas music. To me, it’s like sitting with and listening to an old friend talk about the good old days. Each year I can hardly wait to begin playing my favorite songs by my …

Can Society Exist Without Creativity?

I attended a wedding a few years back where I met a non-creative, recent-college graduate who was quite impressed with himself. He stated to our little group- consisting of my wife (a graphic designer), his girlfriend (an aspiring opera singer), and myself (a professional musician and vocal coach)- that of all the professions in the world, it is the creative …

Style vs. Substance in the 1970s

Style Substance in the 1970s All right everyone, we are up to the 1970s in this blog series on style throughout the decades! Check out are up my last few blogs before you dig into this one if you haven’t already. The 70s were a time when creativity really started to open up in songwriting and performance. If you listen …