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Memorization Techniques and Tips

Memorizing music and lyrics always came easily to me. Whether it was classical or musical theater, English or a foreign language, I could learn music and have it ready to perform just like that <snaps fingers.> Not so much anymore. Maybe it’s aging. Maybe it’s lack of practice – before I moved back to MilwaukeeContinue reading “Memorization Techniques and Tips”

So How DO I Actually Focus?

I’ve picked my Word for the Year, and it’s FOCUS And that’s all well and good, but exactly what steps am I taking to facilitate this? It’s not enough to say, “This year, I’m going to focus,” or even to establish on what you’re focusing, but what am I doing to ensure that this actuallyContinue reading “So How DO I Actually Focus?”

2021 In Review

Well, THIS was a year.  Let’s review it, shall we? (Buckle up, there’s a lot – although it’s still shorter than Dave Barry’s annual year in review) January:Sang for a televised Mass in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg (masked) Started taking Peter Jacobson’s Alexander Technique Teacher Training programContinue reading “2021 In Review”

Grateful 2021

2021 hasn’t proved to be the relief we expected after 2020; but there are a still a lot of things – and people – for which we can be grateful.

Consequences of Change

I’ve written about change a lot. And I’ve implemented a lot of changes in my life when it would’ve been easier to stay put. I left a teaching job without having another job lined up I left a husband (without having another one lined up) I left a job as a legal secretary to openContinue reading “Consequences of Change”

Reflections on Summer Goals

June 1! Officially two weeks till my birthday.   When I was younger, everything after May 15 and before June 30 was related to how close it was to my birthday. That’s less of a big deal now. But I do see June 1 as the unofficial beginning of summer and a new year (forContinue reading “Reflections on Summer Goals”

Taking Things Personally

This is my biggest personal flaw. Which is not a good one to have when you are in a field where rejection is a major factor more often than not. And as a singer, it is easy to take rejection as a personal affront, because after all, your instrument is a part of your body.Continue reading “Taking Things Personally”

What if I had just stayed “comfortable”?

If I never did anything new, I’d still be: Working at Fleet Mortgage Corp. as a customer service rep Living in Waukesha in a townhouse I didn’t really want to buy in the first place with my first husband Singing in the Florentine Opera chorus Dreaming of doing more with my life I wouldn’t have:Continue reading “What if I had just stayed “comfortable”?”