I chose this song because I wanted to work on my onset at the beginning of phrases which I tend to neglect. It was also the day after the Douglas High School shooting and I was just full of sorrow. The words of this song are so full of despair it made me think of the parents that are affected. You can’t help but reflect on your own loved ones and think, “What would I do? How would I feel?” You just don’t know. And you can’t know until it’s hit you. I found some catharsis in this song. I hope you do too.
Falling back on traditional works keeps up my technique, gives me goals to shoot for and allows me to fall in love with this music all over again. I was tired. My voice was tired, but I really wanted to lay down this track. I hope you enjoy it!
“Amarilli, mia bella” by Giulio Caccini (1546 – 1618). Text possibly by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 – 1612). Accompaniment generously provided by Your Accompanist.
I specialize in contemporary music, so I don’t get to visit standard repertoire often, except for maybe with my students. This play list is to inspire me to sing and work my personal technique every day and to explore music beyond what I’m hired to sing. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about the process.
“This audiobook [by Olga Skorbatyuk, Kate Bazilevsky and Andrey Davydov, and narrated by Aliana de la Guardia] is for those people who are fed up with “horoscopism”, who are tired of listening to nonsense about themselves and other people from their “all-knowing” relatives, friends, and acquaintances. It will help you save not just some time in your life, but your whole life, because otherwise you will spend your entire life on something that is a priori impossible. And it is impossible not because you are idiots, but because Homo sapiens cannot fully know themselves and other people without an external (and, most importantly, objective) source.”