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.
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
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.
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” .
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?