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Last month I told you about a singer/songwriter who
wanted to know where he should be onstage when he
delivers his songs. It’s important that you remember to
keep the integrity of the songs when you develop them
for your live show.
Do you play a song with a lot of energy? Logic tells me
that your energetic song should not look like a ballad!
Conceptually, you’re creating a “movie” for your
audience to see. So if you are a director and you have an
action scene, that would not look the same as a touching,
romantic scene, would it? It would be bombs blowing up,
or cars going fast, or people running or whatever.
But a touching scene would probably be done in a
quiet, moonlit, intimate place. So if you bring a song
that’s an “action moment” in an intimate place, it won’t
make any sense to the audience. What they see won’t
match what they hear.
Now, the audience doesn’t know you’re supposed to
do something different. But, if you do, if you bring the
appropriate movement to match the message of the
song, the response to that song will be drastic.
So you’ve got your five tools onstage, your placement
and your angles—it all comes back to the fundamentals.
You are the quarterback of your show. And if the only
thing you do as the quarterback is to drop back three
steps and then throw the ball every time, it’ll get old.
Your songs don’t sound the same, so they shouldn’t
look the same! You need to learn the presentation part of
your show: how to change pressure on the audience, and
use the fundamentals to change your onstage position.
If you knew that another place onstage was stronger
to deliver a message from, or that standing or walking
or using a headset, holding the mic, etc., would
communicate your song more clearly, my guess is that
you would do it. if you just knew WHat to do.
Sitting on a stool for a 50 minute show is pretty much
reserved for someone like Bob Dylan. He’s married to
his audience. Even James Taylor, a brilliant songwriter,
stands up and sits down during his concerts. Repeat:
Your songs don’t sound the same, so they shouldn’t look
Tom Jackson, #1 Live Music Producer in the industry, helps artists develop
their show into “unique memorable moments!” A Live Music Producer does
onstage with the live show, what a record producer does in the studio. Tom’s
Live Music Methods make your live show engaging, exceeding audience’s
expectations and creating fans for life. Many successful artists have learned
from Tom: Taylor Swift, Jars of Clay, Jordin Sparks, Casting Crowns, Francesca
Battistelli, Gloriana, and other acts you admire! For more info, go to www.
Last month, we explored some basics of vocal health.
Before leaving that topic completely, I’d like to bring
your attention to April 16, 2011. It’s a very important
date! Anyone know what we celebrate??? World Voice
Day! World Voice Day is the result of an initiative
started by a group of Speech Language Pathologists
(SLP’s), physicians and singing teachers in Brazil. World
Voice Day is widely observed in the clinical community,
but is not as well known in the artistic/performance
community. But, that changes now! So this year, on
April 16, make an extra special effort to do something
nice for your voice (maybe one of last month’s tips?).
Sing an extra song, and tell a friend about this year’s
World Voice Day theme, “We Share a Voice.”
Enough of that… The vocalist in me has dominated
this column for the last several months, and now the
music therapist is ready to burst out! I’ve been seeing
music therapy all over the media lately and I wonder
if you’ve noticed it, too. Since the tragic shooting of
Congresswoman Giffords, music therapy has been
discussed as part of her rehabilitation process. Music
therapists are working with the Congresswoman and
other victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) as part
of their interdisciplinary therapeutic teams. They are
using music to address goals in the areas of speech,
communication and even motor skills!
For more information about music therapy, and
finding a music therapist in your area, I encourage
you to visit the American Music Therapy Association
website, www.amta.org. I hope that you are having a
wonderful spring, and finding ways to honor the music
within yourself in this season of renewal and hope.
Happy Easter and many blessings.
Rachel Ferguson, MM, MT-BC, NICU-MT, is a Board Certified Music Therapist
and the Founder of Whole Note Music Therapy. She is also a vocalist and
teaches voice lessons. She lives in San Diego, Calif. For more information,
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