No ‘R’s…

January 19, 2008

no_r.jpgI always try to encourage my choirs to remove agressive ‘R’ sounds from their singing. Usually, the best way to accomplish this is to either replace the ‘R’ sound with an ‘uh’ for word endings, and to simply avoid the ‘R’ in other places.

After a few years of demonstrations and encouragement, I’ve finally found another way to get the point across…

Latin Pronunciation for Singers

January 12, 2008

After pondering GFC rehearsal the other night, I realized that my Latin pronunciation may be a bit rusty. To help me brush up, I decided to check into a pronunciation guide. As it turns out, the authoriative text (the Liber Usualis) is rather easily and often condensed. One of the users on ChoralNet placed this Latin pronunciation summary online; I’ll be using this as my guideline.


December 24, 2007

I found a good article on mentoring and role models over at The Simple Dollar. Part of my job is to ‘advise’ others on the technology we use in our products, which sometimes places me in the ‘mentor-candidate’ role. I’d never really differentiated heroes, role models, and mentors, so I found the article to be rather interesting. I guess being 50+ makes you consider the effect you might have on others…

Recommend: Diet Article

December 17, 2007

I ran across a great article on weight loss at “Asleep at the Wheel” that I can heartily recommend. My weight loss doctor would like this one; it sums up his approach to weight loss fairly well. Now if anyone can solve my “how to find exercise I can actually enjoy” riddle, I’d be all set. I’ve got a few clues… time to do more research!

Photo: It’s me…

December 12, 2007


Originally uploaded by cannotbesilent

Well, if you’re wondering what I look like, this should do the trick. Actually, I’ve started a Flickr account, and am using it to post to the blog.

BTW, my wife took this photo using my Nikon D70s. Afternoon sunlight coming over the shoulder, auto-exposed on the portrait setting. Converted to black-and-white in Photoshop Elements.

What do I like to shoot? Travel, portraits, artsy stuff, abstracts, concepts, etc. I hope to share some of the enjoyable ones.

Recommend: LifeHacker

December 7, 2007

Do you know about LifeHacker? It’s an interesting site with tips about “hacking” your life – saving money, how to do this and that. I subscribe to their RSS feed, and it’s one of my favorites. If you want to spend the better part of an evening “improving” yourself, this is a fascinating place to start.

Topics, topics everywhere

December 6, 2007

As with any new undertaking, it takes a bit of experience to move things along smoothly. So tonight, I’m trying to focus on what I’ll focus on; in other words, what should I write about?

So far, I can envision these topics (in no particular order):

  • Oracle database technology
  • My home recording studio
  • Photography (digital nowadays, maybe a few flashbacks…)
  • Vocal music, voice teaching
  • Performance anxieties in public speaking and singing
  • Choral music
  • Music technology
  • Tech toys and gadgets
  • Church music
  • Creativity

Along the way, I’m definitely hoping to produce some podcasts related to improving choral and vocal singing skills. I’ve written some articles and papers, so I’ll probably make those available as well.

I’m currently enamoured of the ‘auto-blogging’ capabilities now available with Google Reader shared links, delicious, Flickr, etc. Just clicking on content to publish and/or refer to it sounds great to me; it provides an almost stream-of-conciousness method for communicating. Nice.

If you have some suggested topics you’d like me to address, or questions to answer, just place them in the comments. I’m moderating the comments anyway, so it’s not going to get too wild.