No Soprano Anymore

I’m pretty sure I’ve made mention to it before, but I’ll mention it again. I sing, I’ve had 7 years training and 10 years worth of amateur (thank fuck for spell checker on that one) theatre experience.

It’s something my parents really drilled into me that I was good at, because it was a thing I showed potential in, or so my dad thought, when I was singing the Australian National Anthem, acapella, perfectly in key at the age of 5. I always wanted to be an actor, I didn’t even want to sing at the time, but mum encouraged me toward it because she said it would ‘increase my chances in the acting world if you know more then one talent’. Around that time I was forced into calaesthetics (a mix of gymnastics and dance), which I hated and blatantly refused to do. I don’t dance, I can be choreographed but it takes me a long time to learn.

The dance reason is probably one of the only reasons I don’t do theatre anymore, that and I lost my pure musical theatre voice when I started smoking.

I may not be my fathers perfect soprano anymore, I still feel like maybe my voice has worth to it. I’m a alto belter now, all of a sudden I went from quiet to loud and now it’s hard for people to be in the same room with me when I sing because it’s loud.

I’m posting something I said I’ve been wanting to do for a long while. The clip below is me, all Kim, singing Angel Of The Morning, to the backing track of some shitty karaoke version I found on YouTube. It’s filmed on my iphone, in a terrible camera position which makes the whole look of it downright embarrassing and awkward. I make a few mistakes because in all reality I still do not properly get the bridge, so see me struggle.

I’m doing this because I need to understand what I should and should not put out into the world.

I’m doing this because I would love some recognition, and the thought that the years I spent training weren’t just a waste of time.

I’m doing this to put myself out there, to say I’m ready to face the opinions of others, whether they be nice, harsh or helpfully critical.

I’m doing this to prove to myself that I was a muso once, and I loved it, and the tattoo of the treble clef and sheet music is not obnoxious or a lie.

This is pretty anxiety building for me, but I guess putting yourself out there always is. Keep in mind though that considering this is done on the shittest of shit equipment (as in no real equipment at all) if you need to criticise me on something, please just concentrate on the actual singing.

It’s ok, I’ve spent my whole life receiving constructive criticism without too much praise thrown in so I can take it.

I smirk when I know I’ve hit a bad note or didn’t do something right.

Oh, and if you don’t like the singing, I also made that large dream catcher in the back of the video on the wall.

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9 thoughts on “No Soprano Anymore

  1. I want to commend you for putting yourself out there. You sing well. Perhaps a bit out of practice, but you have a really nice voice. What I am more impressed is your willingness to ask for feedback, regardless of what people might say. That takes courage so kudos. 🙂

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  2. I listened to the full 3:56, even tho I’m not really a fan of the song. Plus, I HATE doing covers unless I completely re-do them. People always have the recording in their head that they compare you to. All that said, I found myself swaying in the final minute of the song so I think you did pretty well.

    I hear in your voice what I heard in mine for many years: the training. The precision of your words and your notes. You were training for theater, and that’s the proper way to go about it. Singing pop (or other genre) songs is another matter, tho. So my question is: where do you want to go with this? Back into theatre, or just singing for the sake of singing?

    Put aside any rustiness in your voice; that will ease off with practice. You’ve got a great vibratro and good clarity in your voice. If you want to move back into theatre, I’d say continue to rehearse the way you’ve been taught. But if you’re looking more to just singing songs, I’ve a couple of suggestions that might sound a bit weird.

    You’ve got to lose a bit of your properness and get a little grit into your voice. Doesn’t have to be a full on scratchy voiced R&B scream, but you do need to loosen up a bit. Your pronunciation is too good. Sounds silly, I know, but I once read an article that really ‘good’ singers intentionally slur words on occasion to keep audiences guessing. Also, ease up on your notes. It’s okay to swing into them rather than hit them dead on right away. A proper mix of sliding into notes and precision hits can be really ear catching. Pop is the most precise of genres, and the further you go from it the more you have to slur and slide to sound believable.

    And I wouldn’t peg you as an alto. I think the term is contra-soprano. Between a soprano and an alto.

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    1. It’s funny because my old singing teacher, Cyndi, used to yell at me all the time to calm down with precision and just feel the music and go with it. She wanted me to be able to sing all genres, she technically never really trained me in musical theatre at all, it was only because I was doing musical theatre at the time that I concentrated on that. I know I’m way too mechanical in pretty well any art I do, drawing and singing it seems. I think dad never saw the worth in singing rock or pop either, but to be honest neither did I, I never enjoyed singing anything other then theatre tunes. And then there’s the fact that I had to train the Aussie slur out of me. I don’t honestly know what I want to do with it, if anything.

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