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What is Your Signature Sound

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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Revv52 Presents Mixed Tape Live

“A mixtape is a home-made compilation of music recorded in a specific order, traditionally onto an audio cassette.” In the 70’s and 80’s, the mixed tape became hugely popular –effective, convenient, portable and inexpensive. The concept of a mixed tape happened after the golden age of the LP in the 1960’s and early 70’s. The…

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The New Physiology of Music

A signature sound is so identifiable. It takes a couple notes or a single phrase of a song – and we know who the singer is – we know who that guitarist is. We know that voice or the guitarist. We can immediately identify the voice of: Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Adele, Bob Dylan, Neil Young,…

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen. Brilliant. “Epic and enigmatic songwriter” says Larry Rohter of the New York Times. Often I share the words and music of Leonard Cohen with singers. In high school, an English teacher/mentor would play the recorded music of Cohen for the class – songs like “Suzanne” and “Hallelujah” – and we would delve into…

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LEADERSHIP JAZZ

Two essential books by best selling author Max DePree are “Leadership is an Art” and “Leadership Jazz”.  “Leadership Is an Art” has become “a must-read and re-read book in many languages for leaders all around the world.” This is what Max DePree says about leadership in “Leadership Jazz”: “Creative work needs the ethos of jazz.…

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10 Important Truths I Know

1.  Calmness is always attractive. 2.  When entering a room full of people, look for the person who looks most uncomfortable. Say hello and introduce yourself. 3.  Be proud of your scars, for they give testimony to battles faced, fought and won. 4.  Few lessons are learned from an easy victory. 5.  Remember that who…

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Florence Foster Jenkins

See this movie: Florence Foster Jenkins. It’s the story inside the movie that I absolutely loved! It’s a true story based on the life of an extraordinary New Yorker. The story is built around the human element of performance: the anxiety, the preparation or lack thereof, the reflections of the performer and her wide ranging…

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THE HEAT OF THE SUMMER CONCERT

I’ve enjoyed watching the crowds at concerts this July. Walk Off The Earth, Elvis Costello and the Impressions, The Undertones (a Punk Band from Derry, Ireland), Sting, Peter Gabriel, Ian Tyson, Gillies Vonsattel (a New York concert pianist) – all were exceptional! And if you videoed the live crowds at each of these concerts, you’d…

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Summertime Vocal Workshops

SUMMERTIME VOCAL WORKSHOP with Brian Farrell Mon Aug 8 – Fri Aug 12 Ages 9 – 14 years: 10 am – noon daily Ages 15 – Adult: 7 pm – 9 pm evenings Open mic after 9 pm WHERE: Shaganappi Hall, 2516 – 14th Ave SW, Calgary REGISTER at: www.brianfarrell.ca REGISTRATION FEE: $250 ($300 after…

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THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE …

I learned a lot about people when I recently attended a comedy presentation – yep, a comedy presentation. I learned how neat, tidy boxes of beliefs around absolute belief systems are challenged by the comedian who holds nothing sacred.  Everything and anything was open for discussion that night at the comedy club.  It’s like Shakespeare’s…

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