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SOUND & GROOVE

Exploring the power of music and creativity in our daily lives.


ACT with CONFIDENCE

By Brian Farrell | Nov 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s all about confidence. It’s essential to practice and rehearse but at the moment of performance – deliver with confidence.   It’s not about competing with someone else more that it is setting the bar higher for the art form.   It’s not about beating an opponent more than it is reaching for a higher…

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10 THINGS TO LISTEN FOR IN PERFORMANCE

By Brian Farrell | Oct 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

1. The “IT FACTOR” or the “X FACTOR” 2. The ability to “tell a story” inside the music 3. The energy and honesty the performer brings to the stage 4. How the arrangement wraps itself around the performance and the performer(s) 5. The quality of musicianship – the singing and instrumental 6. The technique and…

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"CREATING CRAZY" VS "MAKING A DIFFERENCE"

By Brian Farrell | Sep 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

We can “make a difference” or we can “create crazy”. The human condition offers a palette of possibilities. We witness “making a difference” OR “creating crazy” in sport, in art, in politics and certainly in the lives of the people around us. A great test of leadership and strength happens when challenges arise. It’s like…

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WHAT IS A SIGNATURE SOUND

By Brian Farrell | Sep 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

A signature sound happens when you hear a voice and you recognize it immediately. It’s like a “voice print” of sound. For a singer – it’s developing their vocal sound so that they can perform consistently on a regular basis without any vocal concerns i.e. no tension to cause hoarseness, no nervous tension caused from…

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QUALITY IS AT THE HEART OF IT ALL

By Brian Farrell | Aug 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Legendary Jazz singer Tony Bennett writes: “I grew up in an era when there was no such thing as planned obsolescence; instead, everything was made with quality.” Quality. Quality in clothing, in food, in friendships and relationships … in music. The music that lasts – that’s quality. Bennett refers to the songs of Ella Fitzgerald,…

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10 Great Things to Do in New York City NOW

By Brian Farrell | Jul 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

1. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge.  It’s a better deal now than it was when it first opened to the public in 1883. The fee was one penny on opening day.  Today it’s free. 2. The new musical “Hamilton” will change the way you think art and Broadway.  The show opened this week. President Obama attended…

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SUMMERTIME VOCAL WORKSHOPS

By Brian Farrell | Jul 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Summers are filled with music festivals, concerts, summer music programs and workshops. Attending summer music programs were hugely motivating for me.  Summers at Rider University (Westminster Choir College) in Princeton offered technique and performance classes with great teaching.  A highlight of performing vocal jazz at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo was working with some of…

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YOUR VOICE: THE WINDOW TO THE SOUL

By Brian Farrell | Jun 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

“All I have is a voice.” ― W.H. Auden “Speech is the voice of the heart.” ― Anna Quindlen “I just want your voice aimed at me again. I want to absorb the direction of your eyes…” ― Jennifer Elisabeth “There is no index of character as sure as the voice.” ― Benjamin Disraeli Find…

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FLAMES TRIBUTE SONG and REVV52

By Brian Farrell | May 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Revv52 is a group of 50 extraordinary singers who “stretch the bounds of artistic performance.”  With a five piece band of some of the finest musicians in Calgary, with lights, sound and production – a Revv52 show is something you have to experience first hand! Revv52 is about to kick off five shows of “Gospel…

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GIVE PROPS

By Brian Farrell | Apr 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

According to Shawn Achor in his bestseller “The Happiness Advantage”:  “When we focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us.” These tools are drivers of the Positive Tetris Effect: happiness, gratitude and optimism.  Happiness: the more we see the positive – the better we feel.  Gratitude: the…

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