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Author: Brad Jenks

2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 390 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the [Continue reading »]

A Crackin’ Good Time!

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A little unintentional yodeling around the holidays, anyone? A few days back, my student load was mostly beginners. Throughout the day, this particular crop were shuddering any time their voices wiggled or cracked. Encouraging them to be bold in spite of this, I began to think about the degree of anxiety they demonstrated over cracking. [Continue reading »]

The Marionette Lesson

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I have, of late, been doing some pedagogical reflection on the nature of the voice lesson. Over the last two years or so, I have felt increasingly old-school, all the while sensing that social notions of singing are trending quite the opposite direction. Feeling this tension I began to wonder what on earth is to [Continue reading »]

Speak up, yes.... but speak.

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The following thoughts are a sort of addendum to a previous post (Loud-louder-loudest!) I was recently watching the video below and was astonished at how quietly, yet audibly, Ms. Bartoli sang through some of the latter portion of her aria. And yet, though not terribly loud, it was neither out of character, nor unsuitable. It [Continue reading »]

Truly Tip-Top Tennis Tautology

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The subject of my last post has still been on my mind of late, especially as regards what is called Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM). And it happened that today while attempting to play some tennis (badly, I will admit) I was suddenly struck by the similarity of my playing to the vocalism of the average [Continue reading »]

Talent Means Paying Attention....

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I think I can honestly say that I don't put a lot of stock in the abstract notion of Talent. Sure, you might catch me saying, "they're really talented!" every so often. But I suppose I generally mean something like, "They are really good at what they do!" But as regards an idea of unique [Continue reading »]

All About The Voice.....and that other stuff too.

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I have lately been reading many of the responses to the Glyndebourne reviews. Many people are (rightly) disturbed, citing the Royal Opera House/Voigt incident as the beginning of a trend of body shaming, and fearing a sort of death for opera, while others try to point to the "changing face of opera" and the new [Continue reading »]

When Technique Lacks Technique....

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Over the years I have found myself using the term "technique" less and less. When I was a younger man and starting out to learn about how singing was done, I was obsessed with "technique". Often, as a result I was vocally ineffective, and I was boring. Older now, and hopefully a little wiser, I [Continue reading »]

The Vocals of Dorian Grey......

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People are always philosophically arguing back and forth on one subject or another about seeing things in terms of "black and white" versus seeing them as a spectrum. The study of singing is no stranger to this. I myself have always been of the opinion that both things are true. If there is a spectrum, [Continue reading »]

Like Playing The Piano With Mittens.....

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Let's get personal for a moment- I spent a fair portion of my early twenties being profoundly dull in performance. I bored just enough people and received just enough cold receptions, that for a few years in my mid-twenties I did very little singing. It entered my consciousness that perhaps a lack of musicality was [Continue reading »]