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Lions Gate Chorus clip on CBC

CBC’s Margaret Gallagher visits Lions Gate Chorus and interviews director Sandy Marron, Team Coordinator Cammi Mackinlay and Inner Coach Jan Carley at their Final Dress Rehearsal before their 60th Anniversary Concert Sat. 22 Nov at the Massey Theatre, New Westminster BC  7:30 pm   Info. at http://lionsgatechorus.ca

TICKETS will be available at the door.  Afterglow following the concert.

Hear the CBC Interview:

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The Competition’s Over – Now What?

Check out the article I wrote that is printed in the latest SAI Pitchpipe and be sure to  bookmark it for future reference – you will need it!

The Competition’s Over – Now What Pitchpipe Feb 2014

Cheers,

Jan

Jan Carley, Inner Coach of Barbershop

http://www.innercoachofbarbershop.com

jan@innercoachof barbershop.com

How to have a flourishing Charlie Parker kind of year

Charlie Parker was one of the great sax players of the 20th century who once said, “Music is simply melody, harmony and rhythm. That’s it!”  Imagine how those focusing on those 3 concepts could create a simple yet flourishing 2013.

1. MELODY: Choose a simple melody for the year, something that has to do with deep meaning related to compassion, community, and contribution.

2. HARMONY: Consider carefully those with whom you can best harmonize around this melody, those who will align with your purpose and feed your soul most powerfully.

3. RHYTHM:  Create a rhythm or pace – perhaps a range of rhythms and paces — that will ensure both contribution and self-care as you move through the coming year with grace and gratitude

*reprinted with permission from Brian Fraser’s JAZZ THINK TIPS ezine www.jazzthink.com

How does the need to be perfect get in your way?

I love the following quote by George Benson. It’s a wonderful reminder that no one cares if you make a mistake. However, it’s our fear of making a mistake that robs us from experiencing our true potential and making the deepest musical connections with our audiences. 

“The greatest thing I think that happened to me was, one day I heard a record by the number one guitarist of all time, Andre Segovia, and some place in this classical concerto…he made a little bobble. And I said, ‘Andre Segovia made a mistake! If he can make a mistake, who the heck am I? Who cares whether I make a mistake?’ So I played with reckless abandonment, didn’t worry about mistakes any more. Best thing that could ever happen to me ’cause if you worry about the music, you can’t do it with conviction. So I stopped worrying about it and now I have a career that I never imagined.”
–George Benson, in an interview with Aamer Haleem (CTV Morning Live, May 2012)

In our barbershop art form  it is easy to get trapped into solely focusing on technical mastery which can hugely limit our vocal freedom , emotional expression and possibilities for true connections with our audiences. Do you ever hold back, or limit yourself out of fear of making a mistake? I welcome your comments here.

Free chapter download: Start your 2012 Barbershop life with an Appreciative Approach

Seasons Greetings to all Barbershoppers!  As a Merry Christmas gift to you I would love you all to download the first chapter from my hit book, Harmony from the Inside Out, in which the fundamental principle that is transforming chorus directors, teams and choruses worldwide is outlined.  The chapter is called “Playing the A Game – Living in Possibility” . 

Click the link below to download  Chapter 1 and start your barbershop life on an exciting new path for 2012!  BOOK_HarmonyFromTheInsideOut_ch1

Oh, and there is still time to order the book and get delivery before the New Year! … Order now at : http://www.harmonyfromtheinsideout.com

Cheers,

Jan Carley, Inner Coach of Barbershop www.innercoachofbarbershop.com

Creating Magic on stage

What does creating magic on stage mean to you?

Magician Jamy Ian Swiss said:  “Magic only happens in a spectator’s mind.  You cannot cross over into the world of magic until you put everything else aside and behind you – including your own desires and needs – and focus on bringing an experience to the audience. This is magic. Nothing else.”

Would love to hear your comments – what will you do to create magic on stage?

Cheers,

Jan

Jan Carley,

Inner Coach of Barbershop

www.innercoachofbarbershop.com

Motivation vs. Inspiration

“You get the best efforts from others not by lighting a fire underneath them but by building a fire within.”  – Bob Nelson, author and motivational speaker

Directors and Leaders: How do you approach the final weeks before competition?  How do you build and keep the momentum necessary for your group to achieve their peak performance onstage?

“Motivation is an external, temporary high that PUSHES you forward. Inspiration is a sustainable internal glow which PULLS you forward.” – Thomas Leonard

Do you motivate or inspire?  I would love to hear your comments here!

-Jan Carley, Inner Coach of Barbershop www.innercoachofbarbershop.com  

Author, Harmony from the Inside Out – Creating and Living your Performance Potential