Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Final rehearsals for 2010

Thank you, Toni Lalich - Vocal Coach, Accompanist
Friday 17th will be a very significant day in defining my career. So today was my final run through of 2 Aria’s and a song for Friday.

I have enjoyed so much working with my amazing vocal coach Toni Lalich. Toni under rates her skills and talent the most significant for me being her ability to articulate my difficulties in simple terms for me to grasp.

My musicianship and aural skills have greatly improved with assistance and should all go according to plan on Friday, it is Toni who I will have to thank.

So here is to Friday 4pm, my final performance of 2010 and I intend to go out singing my absolute best.

Competitive Edge

For a group of misfits we are doing very well. This is our 2nd season of mixed Netball and whilst we got the semi’s in our first season, this season is definitely looking great for us to make it to the finals.

Our results this season are that we have had 1 forfeit and 4 wins with only 17 goals conceded whilst we have scored 87 goals which means we are scoring 510% better than our competition. Very good!

Last night we even took out the team that beat us in the semi’s by 24-11. I am really enjoying having fun and making new friends - oh and the winning helps a little too.


I went to sleep last night feeling a bit sneezy. The curse of the singer is forever keeping oneself healthy.

This year I have done very well with no serious bouts of anything (touch wood) but I have had lots of days where things haven’t been 100%.

Probably my biggest struggle this year has been a strong reaction to cigarette smoke and the pollen as it exploded this spring.

Deborah has had us using Olive Leaf extract all year in the lead up to Pecan Summer World Premier and I am certain that this helped me stay strong this whole year. Of course there are so many home-made recipes that taste disgusting but seem to do the trick too.

Of course the best cure for what ails you is REST. So leading up to Friday’s audition I am going to rest.

Friday, December 10, 2010

What are you often nostalgic for?

Last night our family had dinner; sharing news, events, funny stories and many laughs. My brothers youngest daughter (14months) kept us entertain with her infectious smile and sheer cuteness. (yes i am biased - lol)

As I sat by the pool this morning with the sun warming my back, I got to thinking about being home and all of the great memories I had here and whether I would move back.

Then as universe would have it, I came across a post on Facebook by a friend from Southern California about an upcoming radio interview on the topic of nostalgia and it started immediately. With the joys of internet radio I was able to stream the call live.  

Caitriona Reed shared some wonderful points throughout the interview and it got me thinking about what was I nostalgic for? what did I miss most?

The answer was quite simple - 2 years ago when I decided to move to Melbourne, I was in a relationship with man who I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. I am nostalgic for him, those days, time shared.

Caitriona talked of the fact that nostalgia can produce both a good or a less than desirable result and that it is important to understand the underlying personal emotional pull towards that time or event. It is not so much the event that you yearn for but for the emotion present in you at that time.

For me, I had connection at a level and intensity I had never felt before and longing for it in the future with someone else or reminiscing about a time past isn't going to help me have it for myself NOW - The joy of being a NLP Master Results Practitioner is that with a simple NLP Coach technique, I was able to learn from my nostalgia and gift myself connection and remember that I can always have it here and now and with all the intensity I can muster.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Blowin' in the Wind

As I return home, to the place I grew up, to spend time with family and friends, it is with a great deal of satisfaction for all that has been achieved but also with concerns, apprehension and anticipation for what's next.

What's next for me? for Pecan Summer? for 2011? for my career? A common utterance being spoken to me upon my return is 'Congratulations, and what's next?' I would love to be able to answer but I am simply just not sure.

Early this morning I awoke to a familiar wind and so I listened for the answer Dylan spoke of. As I laid there listening, the sun rose, the birds chimed their morning songs and the wind continued to blow...

Right now I am going to love and share quality time with my nearest and dearest as for what's next, keep one ear to the wind and an eye on this blog.

Because the answer my friend is blowing in the wind.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TEDxHouston - Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions:

How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness?

How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough -- that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy?

Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and the forthcoming books, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011).


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Check out music from Don Bemrose


A father...one day?

A recent post on Facebook (hoax or not) asked people to change their profile picture to their favourite cartoon character. I changed mine to my favourite Disney movie, Dumbo (1941).

From it there is an amazing lullaby, 'Baby Mine' when Dumbo is momentarily reunited with his impounded Mother.

Better Midler sings my personal favourite version of this song and also featured the song in the movie Beaches (1988).

As I sang along to this song when I was much younger, I dreamt of one day singing and recording this song for my own child/ren. I have incredible parents and have watched with a happy heart, my older brother and sister raise between them 5 amazing girls.

Pleasures such as cartoons with their vibrant colour and magical tunes that speak of love profound as that of a parent and child are in the past for me, but I hope that they may be in my future too.

Enjoy the song. (click the picture link)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Embracing the inner Drag Queen - What the??

Today was one of those days that you could question the process of teaching used at the Victorian College of Arts. But what you couldn't question is its effectiveness, the result.

Each week we have a vocal workshop in front of our peers and today I was asked by my teacher to "embrace my inner Drag Queen" and spew forth a voice full of breath. Of course, many great one-liners eschewed from many including our teacher.

The result: Greatly improved onset of sound and this is really the true philosophy of the VCA Vocal department; forget the how and focus on the result you want, once achieved we can break down what is going on and reproduce the result on demand.

According to many in the industry this flexibility to change quickly and on demand is very much a VCA quality that is greatly appreciated by many in the industry.

So for me it is just a matter of coming up with a Drag name, any ideas?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Never EVER Give Up

I don't know about you, but for me, life has sometimes been a struggle. And as much as you know me as a very happy person with a great positive attitude it wasn't always that way. At my darkest, I was binge drinking excessively and attempted suicide twice. I wanted to give up!

The turning point for me was through attendance at a state and a national surf life saving camp (thanks Claire Parry) and a motivational seminar (Breakthrough to Success) that I rediscovered my purpose, gained a new perspective on my life and took my first step towards my dream of becoming internationally renowned Classical Singer and inspiring others through 1-1 coaching.

I tell you, not to impress you but to impress upon you, that you too can start TODAY on living the life of your dreams, just like the man pictured.

At 28, this young man has been an INSPIRATIONAL Speaker in more than 20 countries and connected with more than 2million people face to face.

People are his passion!

He wholeheartedly believes that there is a purpose in each of the struggles we encounter in our lives and that our attitude towards those struggles can be the single most effective factor in overcoming them.

His mission is to motivate people from all walks of life in every circumstance; to gain perspective; to find their purpose; to live the big dream.

His message is simple:

When you realise what you can achieve in life,
When you think you can’t afford to go on,
When you realise your unlimited potential in your life
What you need to understand is YOU can’t afford to give up...


His name is Nick Vujicic and for him, no Arms, no Legs, NO WORRIES because Attitude IS Altitude

Nick Vujicic :: Attitude is Altitude :: No Arms, No Legs, No Worries

Want to fly higher? Change your attitude!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Practice Practice Practice

Today was one of those days when I got to see that all of the practice is actually getting me more of the education I want. Today I saw that HOW I am doing practice has changed so drastically that I even inspired myself when I realised WHAT I was doing.

For the past 12months I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing teachers and artists involved with Pecan Summer and the Victorian College of Arts. One of the true heart and souls for me is Vocal Coach, Toni Lalich, who was always pushed me further than I thought I was capable of but never too far in advance of where I was.

One of the pearls of wisdom from Toni's years as an artist and teacher is the concept of practising until you can't get it wrong. This is a very different thinking to the more commonly actioned belief of practice till you get it right. And today I got it!

My thinking has shifted and today I focused not on practising to get it right (once) but on practising and revising to work out what I needed to do so I couldn't get it wrong.

As Proffesor Higgins said referring to Eliza Dolittle "By Jove! I think (s)he's got it"

The Barber of Seville, Melbourne Opera

Gosh, I do love the operatic voice and live theatre!

Today I got to be educated, inspired and entertain by the Melbourne Opera production of Rossini's The Barber of Seville. If you know your Bugs Bunny then you will know the score to this masterpiece.

All the leads are great and my stand out performer was David Gould (playing, Don Basilio), who was so strong in his lower register and was a brilliant actor.

And with Melbourne Opera priding itself on making its productions as accessible as possible by performing in English, there are some seriously funny moments of popular culture (Tiger Woods, Lara Bingle) that had the audience in stitches.

This piece is such a great place for new audiences to opera to start their education. So if you get a chance to introduce yourself or a friend to opera please do so by attending this production as it tours through regional Victoria and ACT.

Venue: Warrnambool Entertainment Centre
Date: Saturday 27 March
Bookings: 03 555 94 999 / www.entertainmentcentre.com.au

Venue: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
Date: Saturday 17 April
Bookings: 03 5722 8105 / www.wangarattapac.com.au

Venue: Benalla Performing Arts & Convention Centre
Date: Saturday 22 May
Bookings: 03 5760 4529 / www.bpacc.com.au

Venue: Canberra Theatre Centre
Date: Saturday 29 May
Bookings: 02 6275 2700 / www.canberratheatre.org.au