Saturday, August 18, 2012

If there is a total lack of emotions, what do these people have to sing about?

Lately, listening to the radio, we hear a lot of monotone sounds.

Nowadays, artists, seem to be, do not have an ambition to show off their voices, like before when they were trying to reach the highest notes possible, or even the lowest possible, for that matter.

It used to be their pride and joy to say that they own a three or four octaves range.

Today, the whole world is "stuttering"on one, or maximum two, notes in a non-indentifiable range, instead of what was known before as singing, at least by definition.

What happened, you may ask?

Honestly, I don't know for sure, but what I do know is that I have stopped listening to the radio, even in my brand new car, nevertheless, fully equipped with the sophisticated audio  equipment.

All the songs sound absolutely the same and almost plagiarized, via music producers who are trying to follow the trend.

They think that if the particular style of the song has once or twice made it on the charts, then they should immediately write something almost exactly the same and it will sell too...!

How pathetic is that?

Where is the creativity, where is the variety and where is the music, per say?

But enough of criticizing the music "movers and shakers" and the music producers.

What happened to the actual people in general and those potential artists yet to become?

That is the question, my reader.

My guess would be that the general recession and the music recession on a parallel track, brought the absolute worst out of the people.

Since the music reflects the human being's state of mind, soul and heart, we can pretty much define that the people in general now are very unhappy, very skeptical, very cynical and very suspicious in their nature.

I remind you that overall, I taught an estimated 19, 000 people from all walks of life and close to four generations, and this is the saddest period in my professional life as we speak.

Also, before I deal with people professionally speaking, I deal with them on a regular colloquial level when they're inquiring about my services.

The 99% of population who place a cold call to me is sounding very dark and awaiting to see "which shoe will drop off of which foot", to put it mildly.

Some of these people are inspiring musicians, composers and yes, either wannabes or already singers in whichever capacity.

With their dark and negative attitude and the complex of superiority in their inquiries, what kind of music do you think they're going to write, sing and produce?

My guess would be - very dark, very monotone, with no inflections, emphasis, dynamics, phrasing or any vocal and musical daring, for that matter.

Their spirits are nearly dead.

Their belief and trust in this world is shattered.

They're numb and thus, have nothing valuable to offer to this world - neither musically nor otherwise.

It's very sad, but true.

Is there a cure to this nonsensical life and thus, nonsensical music?

I don't profess to know, but I do hope for the best, however, unfortunately I'm forced to be prepared for the worst as well.

My faith, however, has prevailed and therefore...

I DO BELIEVE...INDEED!!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Non-Surgical Voice Repair - Vocal Rest... Doctor's Recommended... How Useful and Practical is it to Benefit the Apparent Vocal Problems



Needless to say that, on a regular basis, I have been getting phone calls and e-mails concerning  voice/vocal problems from speakers and singers. To almost all of them, the doctors had prescribed certain medications to conquer their acid reflux (needless to say that, not in every case, the above diagnosis was correct). Practically all doctors (specialists or not) prescribed to people with voice/vocal problems, a vocal rest.

"Vocal rest?" you may exclaim! - If so, how useful could it be?

In fact, in the majority of cases, it is; as after all, if you break your leg, you should not be hopping on it and running marathons. However, the patient with the broken leg (at the very least) is offered a cast, or corrective surgery first... and then the cast.

The ENT doctors evidently think that if the person would stop singing, or even speaking, the problems will correct themselves. And granted, sometimes since the pressure from the vocal box is removed due to the extensive, so called "vocal rest", the symptoms seem to be not as pronounced, at least at the beginning of the vocal journey, after the vocal rest. But there is no doubts that all of those symptoms will come back very soon... and in a full bloom.

After exercising the "vocal rest" option and finding that the same kind of voice problems still persist, what are you going to do? Would you then consider taking another "vocal rest" for the duration of the next 2-3 months?

On this note, I don't think you will prosper your career fast enough... definitely not before you turn at least 70. However, by that time, somebody probably will organize some sort of "Vocal Idol" for senior citizens (lol).

You never know...!

On a serious note, the vocal rest was only an illusion and a fantasy; making the person in question believe that all of the voice problems will then be conquered. In real sense, no "alterations" of anything have been done.The application of the voice had never been changed.Nothing had been treated, either non-surgically, nor surgically or otherwise... It's only a matter of time before there will be a "deja vu" effect. All of the false hopes will fail and the person in question will unfortunately have to "face the music", so to speak.

I am a person of action. If something is wrong or broken, let's fix it. Have a check with reality.

If it's broken, it's not going to get fixed by itself, as there is no real change without change.

Please address the cause and attend to it rather than allowing the doctors to feed you with wishful thinking that the voice problems will correct themselves and, moreover, will go away with the snap of a finger... or... due to believing that with the "vocal rest", you will conquer all of your problems".

Go figure... and think again!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

From the point of Music View -“Spic and Span”… It’s time to “Dust Off” the Music Scene and It’s Time to “Dust Off” your Voice and you’re Music Instruments.


Teaching and producing artists for over three decades in Toronto, I sadly have been noticing that the music industry in Canada and particularly in Toronto is subsiding to nothing. 

In the previous years, the solo artists, the bands, the pop groups were, so to speak, popping out almost on an everyday basis.

What is happening now in the precious present, you may wonder?
Where are those exiting acts, what happened to them, and why are we not hearing anything about anybody from our own, so to speak, “backyard”?
Three and a half years ago, the young Canadian band with a lot of passion, great aspirations, dreams and stars in their eyes, approached me with the idea of the vocal improvement for a lead singer (now she works for me as a junior instructor and personal assistant), and then the idea of the recording of their very good and original material, which I partially also assisted them with.

Couple of weeks ago, I have asked my assistant if they are still playing, or at least, rehearsing, on a regular basis like before.
The answer was- “hardly”.
I decided to elaborate further on that and after a short conversation, I understood that my used to be student/artist is completely discouraged, as her band has nowhere to play and if they are allowed such a “privilege”, they have to pay the club for “allowing them the pleasure” to perform!
I could not believe my ears, but unfortunately, it was true.
The clubs are not encouraging the bands and solo acts to take their stages, but rather, the opposite, a lot of artists and artists to be, are completely discouraged for playing any music or improve their artistic skills, as they don’t have the venues to exercise their craft.
How sad is that!?

The music scene in Toronto is literally shut down.
The bands are breaking up, as they don’t have any motivation to improve their craft, while understanding that their efforts will not be appreciated.
So, a once vibrant and artistic city Toronto is practically silent now.
The music scene is dying and practically dead already.
So what would be the solution?

In my opinion, if the owners of the clubs would smarten up and dust off their stages “spic and span” and then the artists respectively, would “dust off” their voices and their musical instruments, maybe, just maybe, our music scene would experience a rebirth, which would serve a great deal to our hearts and souls, and would definitely rejuvenate our lives in general.
Teaching and producing artists for over three decades in Toronto, I sadly have been noticing that the music industry in Canada and particularly in Toronto is subsiding to nothing.
In the previous years, the solo artists, the bands, the pop groups were, so to speak, popping out almost on an everyday basis.
What is happening now in the precious present, you may wonder?
Where are those exiting acts, what happened to them, and why are we not hearing anything about anybody from our own, so to speak, “backyard”?

Three and a half years ago, the young Canadian band with a lot of passion, great aspirations, dreams and stars in their eyes, approached me with the idea of the vocal improvement for a lead singer (now she works for me as a junior instructor and personal assistant), and then the idea of the recording of their very good and original material, which I partially also assisted them with.
Couple of weeks ago, I have asked my assistant if they are still playing, or at least, rehearsing, on a regular basis like before.
The answer was- “hardly”.

I decided to elaborate further on that and after a short conversation, I understood that my used to be student/artist is completely discouraged, as her band has nowhere to play and if they are allowed such a “privilege”, they have to pay the club for “allowing them the pleasure” to perform!
I could not believe my ears, but unfortunately, it was true.
The clubs are not encouraging the bands and solo acts to take their stages, but rather, the opposite, a lot of artists and artists to be, are completely discouraged for playing any music or improve their artistic skills, as they don’t have the venues to exercise their craft.
How sad is that!?

The music scene in Toronto is literally shut down.
The bands are breaking up, as they don’t have any motivation to improve their craft, while understanding that their efforts will not be appreciated.
So, a once vibrant and artistic city Toronto is practically silent now.
The music scene is dying and practically dead already.
So what would be the solution?

In my opinion, if the owners of the clubs would smarten up and dust off their stages “spic and span” and then the artists respectively, would “dust off” their voices and their musical instruments, maybe, just maybe, our music scene would experience a rebirth, which would serve a great deal to our hearts and souls, and would definitely rejuvenate our lives in general.
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