Hallucinatory is an apt description of this book. I tried to get into it, based on the positive reviews here, but just couldn't. Maybe if I had made i...moreHallucinatory is an apt description of this book. I tried to get into it, based on the positive reviews here, but just couldn't. Maybe if I had made it to the big father/children punch at the end I would have liked it. On to something more my taste...(less)
Will this book teach you how to sing? No. Will it help you understand and improve your singing? Absolutely. It is accessible to beginning singers and...moreWill this book teach you how to sing? No. Will it help you understand and improve your singing? Absolutely. It is accessible to beginning singers and beneficial to pros. Simon covers a broad range of practical hints and solutions in her book, while keeping her presentation light and clear.
• The best performing is done when the performer is in a non-logical frame of mind. • Getting in touch with the meaning of a song (right brain) is a more effective way of learning lyrics than memorization (left brain). • Hydrating your vocal folds by using a humidifier, drinking water and steam is highly beneficial to the voice. • Hormones can have noticeable effects on the singing voice. • Dressing so that your throat shows will give your teacher an advantage in helping you. • My personal favorite: “The songs that touch you most are the songs you need to practice singing.”
Although the book’s subtitle is “A Medley of Fresh Ideas about Musical Theater”, its principles apply to all styles of singing. Highly recommended.
My copy was furnished by the author, a former voice student of mine, for my unbiased review. (less)
I started with four stars because I couldn't put it down worrying about what was going to happen to them, but downgraded to a 3. Not necessary to talk...moreI started with four stars because I couldn't put it down worrying about what was going to happen to them, but downgraded to a 3. Not necessary to talk so very much about a boy's sexual fantasies.(less)
I Always Loved You didn't quite pack the same punch. Aspects of this book are brilliant. Meticulously researched, it is a fountain of information about Impressionistic artists of the Belle Epoque era in Paris.
Mary Cassatt, American painter of women and children’s scenes travels to Paris. She meets Edgar Degas, known for capturing motion on canvas and depicting dancers. We know from the outset they have exchanged letters, but we don’t know the contents. The book explores the nature of their relationship. It asks, “Is there room for love in two lives already consumed by passion of another sort?” (p. 7)
To fully appreciate the book, log on to the author’s website and follow the links to view the artwork described. The artists of that age and their lives are well-depicted, but I found the book a bit too fact-not-plot driven and the interwoven plot lines confusing.
I thank Goodreads First Reads for my free copy. (less)
Mr. LoCoco shows us early on in his novel that the overriding effective element in singing opera is passion, and Tempesta’s Dream is full of passion....moreMr. LoCoco shows us early on in his novel that the overriding effective element in singing opera is passion, and Tempesta’s Dream is full of passion.
Giovanni Tempesta is a twenty-five-year-old singer with no training. He sings to entertain patrons of a restaurant adjacent to the famous opera house, La Scala, and dreams of singing there one day. When he approaches a prominent voice teacher for lessons and is brushed off, he is devastated. Then he finds Casa di Riposo, the rest home established by opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. When a resident there promises to teach him, his life takes a significant turn. He meets the woman of his dreams and pursues her in a charming “Romeo and Juliet” scene.
I admit it. I am an opera lover and former opera singer. But even if my experiences were different, I would have loved this book. The writing is engaging. The author does a bit of telling, rather than showing us the story, but nevertheless, he does it with enthusiasm. His love of family, romance, music, and singing leap off the pages. He skillfully weaves in lines from opera as part of his narrative. We can smell aromas as the author takes us past cafes and shops on the street of Milan. The romance is delightful, but where the author shines is in his honest assessment of the difficulties and rewards of pursuing a singing career.
Tempesta’s Dream is a book not just for opera lovers, but also for all who believe that pursuing one’s dream is the only path to happiness. Don’t miss it.
The author supplied my review copy for my unbiased opinion.
Christmas gift from Carol Stewart 2013. Creation of an artist colony in Saratoga Springs,NY after the death of the Trask's 4 children. Written and sel...moreChristmas gift from Carol Stewart 2013. Creation of an artist colony in Saratoga Springs,NY after the death of the Trask's 4 children. Written and self-published by a docent.(less)