I didn't know what to say, but as I listened to myself record my version of Tori Amos' "China", it hit me... I am using this site as, like, a music journal. I sing. My voice isn't what it was. I have bad habits and unlearned a lot of what good people tried to teach me... I sing. I sing when I am happy, when my soul feels free to express some truth.
More than likely, I violate all kinds of copyright laws. I want to say, straight out, that I am usually using the words and melodies of others... sometimes bent. I am not trying to make a penny.
I am trying to express the emotional sound of my heart.
Wanted to be a classical singer, but didn't get far enough to do anything interesting. Studied voice for many years, took some piano -- enough to read pitches from a score, taught myself how to read notes when I was a kid from a textbook about music my aunt, Felecia, had around. She's also my first role-model and listening to her re-interpret songs that expressed her emotional universe in a clear, pure soprano made me yearn for that sound. However, I have testicles and I am funny about really pushing into the edge of my voice... I have a big, big instrument that I can wield like... lol mudball of sound (all texture and color... I can remove it, but often, I flat faster than I would usually on my own -- heh)
The best chorus I have ever been a part of was my high school chorus at Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, SC under the skilled direction of Mrs. Sandra Widejko and the second... (and this is only for sound)... The Palmetto Mastersingers under the direction of Dr. Grey.
For the last... ten years I have expressed my love for sound, music and performance as a member of gay choruses. (Wiki: GALA) Desert Voices (2001-2003), Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus (2003-2005) and Seattle Men's Chorus (2010 - present). Goddess willing, I will make it to GALA 2012 in Denver, CO!! Also, can be seen on America's Got Talent in Illumni Men's Chorale.
Thing is, I know I have a flawed instrument. But I hope to move you in some way -- even if it is tips on how to record myself or turning DOWN the volume.
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