Call to Prayers

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Call to Prayers

Minutes after I wake up I hear the call for morning prayers at a nearby mosque. I immediately open the tall glass doors to the outside and listen.

Slippery Slide

Posted by on Nov 21, 2010 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Slippery Slide

I play with the sound “mah” for a while and then here a bird outside. Its call shifts my focus and I start sliding from high to low.

Cross training

Posted by on Nov 20, 2010 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Cross training

After a rambling start to my session, I start singing from my right side, giving it the platform for a while. The sounds are growly, guttural, choppy, old man spitting.

Southern accents

Posted by on Nov 19, 2010 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Southern accents

I start making up language with a Southern U.S. accent. I think this is the first time I’ve done this, combining invented language with an American accent.

Obanita de bumlah

Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Obanita de bumlah

I wake up around the time I notice I’m singing a certain phrase repeatedly. Obanita de bumlah. It becomes my mantra for the rest of the practice.

Fresh Squeezed

Posted by on Nov 17, 2010 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Fresh Squeezed

This is something I see as usually in the domain of infants, the capacity to have emotion flow purely through the voice.

Ants Dancing

Posted by on Nov 16, 2010 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Ants Dancing

Quick rhythm on single syllables, mostly dih and dee, quiet and persistent, like a pervasive energized layer beneath the top surface of things.

Voice choice

Posted by on Nov 15, 2010 in Sing15: Will's Year | No Comments
Voice choice

First I allow the self critical one to sing. It’s heavy, mopey, sad. I feel its weight, its contraction, its gravity. My shoulders roll forward.