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"I'll be back"....

posted Jan 16, 2017, 10:55 AM by OregonSpirit
It's Monday, January 16th, Day 23 of my Bell's Palsy.  And I imagine by now you're wondering if you'll ever have your Director back in front of you!  It's been over a month (Dec 13) since my last rehearsal with you (although I've seen a few of you via Skype meetings but I just don't turn on my side of the video).  I miss all of you terribly - and can't wait to be back in the saddle again!  Music is such a huge part of who I am, and being your director is my passion, my joy, my main purpose - so it's been emotionally difficult not to be there with you.   

Bell's Palsy is an "interesting" disease and one of the most frustrating things about it (other than the whole messy drinking and eating thing) is not knowing exactly how long it will last.  The nerves heal at their own pace and there's not much a person can do about it.  But the good news is that it's temporary and I'm very grateful for that.  I know some of you are curious about how I'm doing - I'm happy to report that I'm finally seeing definite improvements today!  I can flare my nostril a little, blink my eyelid and sorta squint, lift part of my cheek, and talk a lot clearer.  I can drink without a straw, taste things a bit more, and brushing my teeth is not nearly as weird - ha! 

My smile will likely look a bit crooked for a few more days, but it's so much better than it has been the last few weeks.  My heart is truly warmed by your emails and e-cards and greeting cards.  And by the wonderful way that the section leaders stepped up to take over rehearsals, with the leadership of Elaine Rosenberg and Elizabeth Keller.  I am very blessed to have such terrific, strong women in my life. 

So...I will be back....I am planning to be at the Thursday rehearsal with Ryan Heller.  It will be so wonderful to see all of you (hugs are most certainly welcome).  Be sure you have the new song (Who's Sorry Now) totally memorized and be ready to  start/stop frequently during the coaching session so we get some solid work done.  We'll also bring All The Way up to a new level.  The plan for the evening at Chemeketa Community College auditorium is:

  • 6:00 -  Arrive and do some stamina-building exercises and get vocally warmed up.  If there's any business/announcements, do them now.
  • 6:30 -  Ryan and I arrive.  He'll give you great vocal skills to work on your own at home, and we'll dive into the two contest songs.
  • 10:00 - We will go until 10:00.

Next week (January 24) we've got Lea Beverley (Expression Judge) coming to work with us again!  Remember last time when she worked mainly on RESONANT BREATH.  Practice this every day and make it your new vocal habit.  Check yourself to see if it's happening - record yourself and listen for it.  Focus on this skill as it will affect everything you do as a singer (and our scores at contest will reflect it in a very positive way, too).

I'm counting on each of you to also be working on the songs for the February 17th performance.  That is a premium opportunity for us to share our special style of music to the community - and especially to a'cappella enthusiasts.  With a small group (only 23 singers), it's especially important that each individual singer is at the top of your game.  Not just notes and words, but apply all the very best performance skills you have learned.  Rehearse at a high level every time.  Make it your new normal and you'll be amazed at the tremendous feeling of pride you'll experience!  What a high! 

So I'll see you Thursday - and I can't wait !!!

Love and harmony to all -  Kathy