Singing acapella in the tea room

The most important aspect of singing for me is creating harmonies with other people and filling a space with music. There's a kind of magic created when multiple voices weave together and unfurl, blending and enhancing and expanding, the whole so much more than the sum of its parts. This is why I have been … Continue reading Singing acapella in the tea room

Musical flashback ~ Resident Alien ~ Spacehog

The other day I ransacked my long-neglected CD collection and came up with a pile of old favourites to play in the car. So, while I indulge in musical nostalgia, I've decided to share and briefly reminisce about the really good ones. My ultimate favourites. (Mostly from the 90s.) This week's musical flashback CD is … Continue reading Musical flashback ~ Resident Alien ~ Spacehog

Floating away ~ an evening of folk song

It's the Port Fairy Folk Festival this weekend and I'm not there. (cue sad face) But one of the good things about the Port Fairy Folk Festival is that some of the international -- and indeed local -- musicians also perform gigs in Melbourne. Yay! A few days ago I was lucky enough to see … Continue reading Floating away ~ an evening of folk song

ONCE – The stage musical

Imagine two musicians (a guy and a girl), who just met while he was busking on a Dublin street, now hanging out in a musical instrument shop so they can use a piano, playing one of his original songs together for the first time. She's vocally harmonising and adding piano to his guitar on the … Continue reading ONCE – The stage musical

Songweaving on retreat

I've said this before and I'll say it again: my creativity well needs refilling on a regular basis. Sometimes it's easy to focus on producing all the time -- more words, more efficiency, more discipline, more more more. It's easy to forget to stop and reflect and breathe in life, embrace experiences, learn new things. … Continue reading Songweaving on retreat

Songweaving solo and not solo

I've been experimenting with my voice recently. My singing voice, that is. It all started when I got talked into participating in a "Singing Solo" workshop as a spin-off to SoulSong -- the community choir I joined last year. I don't have aspirations to sing solo. For one thing, no matter what anyone says, I … Continue reading Songweaving solo and not solo

I’ll take a harmony with my wine

I've been singing rather a lot recently, and have become somewhat addicted to making harmonies. It all started when I joined the SoulSong community choir at the beginning of the year. (Or maybe it started at the Christmas Eve carol service, when I remembered how much I love choral singing...) Anyway, after turning up weekly … Continue reading I’ll take a harmony with my wine

Singing up the Helix Tree – voices of light and colour

One of my resolutions at the beginning of this year was to actively seek out more experiences that will feed my soul with inspiration and joy. In order to create, one needs to fuel the creative well. After my Christmas carol experience in December (Remembering Song), I joined a local community choir called, most appropriately, … Continue reading Singing up the Helix Tree – voices of light and colour

Weekly photo challenge: lost in the details

Since it's phoneography month here at WordPress, I'm about to give mobile blogging a go... I've driven nearly 2 hours to the small Victorian town of Castlemaine for a gig by English folk singer Seth Lakeman. And from the sound check, which I'm currently listening to, it's going to be great! The photo below is … Continue reading Weekly photo challenge: lost in the details

Remembering song

I remembered something this week. Something significant. It happened on Christmas Eve, when I unexpectedly found myself singing Christmas carols in church. I love singing Christmas carols at any time -- possibly because they're among the few songs for which I can remember the lyrics. But when I found myself in the midst of a … Continue reading Remembering song