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11 October 2013 @ 01:55 pm
A voice lesson breakthrough  
So I've been working on a folk song, "While the Foaming Billows Roll," and it kept coming out thin and breathy. Then we had this conversation (slightly condensed):

R: What kind of character would be singing this song?

Me: Well, it's about chivvying the lads onto the boat, so probably a senior enlisted man or a very junior officer.

R: I wasn't even thinking it had to be a man, but maybe a woman who's associated with the shipping, who everyone respects and trusts. Not that any British whaler would dream of being subservient to a woman, but she just inherently carries their respect.

Me: Oh, like the ship's equivalent of the rabbi's wife.

R: Exactly.

Me, still pondering: Or, come to think of it, like the ship's equivalent of the department secretary.

R: Could be.

*Me, singing much more strongly*

R: That was great! What were you thinking, what was different?

Me: I was less worried about, "I'm trying to sing this song," and more thinking, "Just go here and do this because it will work better if you do it my way."

R: You should sing like that ALL THE TIME.

Me: Can we do it again? And I will sing it like the secretary that I am! *grin*

R: This is what teachers live for. *grin*
 
 
 
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on October 11th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
I like it!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 14th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
It was a great feeling.
Tom the Alien Cat: arresting tomtac on October 11th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)
Maam-Yes-Maam! Good stuff.

Edited at 2013-10-11 06:45 pm (UTC)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 14th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
*grin*
une idee fixeideealisme on October 11th, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful teacher and a great story!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 14th, 2013 02:50 pm (UTC)
We do seem to be working well together.
Persimmonpersimmon on October 11th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
Secretaries - the real power behind the throne!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 14th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
*grin* Sometimes, yes.
Johnjohnpalmer on October 11th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
Coolness... I'm glad you're gaining music, as well.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 14th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Me too; I'm having fun.
Joseph R. Justice: pic#119948140josephrjustice on October 12th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
I think that's a cool story. Congrats.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 14th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was a lot of fun.
zem: mattresshitchhiker on October 14th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
love that :)
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 14th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I did, too. :-)