Since I am just now getting the blog out to you on Sunday, your homework will be short this week, but no less important! Below, you will find rehearsal tracks for several of our songs. Please take some time to practice with them before Wednesday’s rehearsal, even if it you only go through each song a couple of times.
Parents, remember that Parent Orientation is this coming Wednesday, September 13th at 6:15 pm in the Parish Hall at FCC. At least one parent must attend.
Please see your action items for practicing below (in bold and underlined):
Breathing meditation, standing position
Continue practicing breathing as follows (5 min a day.) This technique will not only relax and center you but will also greatly improve your ability to sing long sustained phrases.
MInd and body are one continuum, reconnected through breath
Is the most important pose to learn for anyone who wants to improve his/her singing, posture, health, wellbeing and creativity!
Here is your “template” practice daily and try to keep this posture intact while walking too!
Stand with FEET parallel, feeling “rooted” through the 5 points in connection in both feet
Activate the arches of feet, relax the KNEES with a microbend
Tap THIGHS to activate them but stay relaxed
Tuck and tip pelvis slightly to find the neutral position of the HIPS: in line with knees and heels
Lift STERNUM noticing the space between hips and RIB CAGE
Relax SHOULDERS down and back (shoulder blades tucking into imaginary pockets)
ARMS relaxed and long, by your side
Reach up through sides of the SKULL, CHIN tucked in, JAW relaxed, NECK elongated.
Gentle smile – – feeling calm, present, rooted to the groups and open to the limitless sky of possibilities.
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
During rehearsal, we talked about the Calypso style of music in which this traditional Christmas song is written. Here is an interesting article on Calypso music. Notice that the origin of Calypso music is very similar to that of African-American spirituals in that it was sung by African slaves brought to Trinidad, an island in the Caribbean, as a means of communicating with each other when slave owners would not allow them to talk, and also as a way of mocking the slave owners.
Practice this song, being sure to tap a strong beat somewhere on your body as you work:
NOTE: Sop 2s, there is a mistake in your recording. If you are a Super Sleuth and can find it, come tell me at the beginning of rehearsal on Wednesday!
Peter, Go Ring-A Dem Bells
Here is the recording of of the full performance of this song.
Come and Sing, Wallace Homady
HOMEWORK (if you did not do this last week, please do so this week):
Other announcements and reminders:
I’m looking forward to getting to know Ensemble singers and parents this week at the Parent Orientation and Retreat! See you soon.