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posted Feb 7, 2018, 4:11 PM by Kathy Scheel
This song is coming along nicely and I'm sorry that I didn't get a full recording of it after we worked on it, but I knew that the chorus energy (stamina) was low by the end of the evening and that makes it really difficult to succeed at remembering all the details and to sing with the amount of energy and passion needed to really sell the song from your heart.  That's why it's so important that you work these songs at 110% when you rehearse them at home - with big-girl 3D sound, dynamics, phrase flow, choreography, body language, facial expression changes at every phrase, dynamics, vowels, and everything else that we work on at rehearsals.  The forward motion of the chorus is totally in YOUR hands - and I BELIEVE IN YOU!  

I know that you've all finished your self-evaluations, so it's time to record every week and turn your recordings in to your section leader/reviewer.  This is the best way to confirm your accuracy in case you missed anything on your self-evaluations.  This program is a part of the OSC quality control and you are your best voice teacher!

Here are the main points that I got from last night's coaching with Ryan Heller on this song.  The main thing is to keep that 3D sound throughout the song.  Every time you breathe is an opportunity to make it more beautiful, creating a new vocal habit.  Your Section Leaders will be sending you more detailed part-specific notes.
  • M1 - Song starts with a rich, round, resonant, ringing sound on "time", don't rush the phrase.  Leads and Basses sing on high side of notes.
  • M2 - Big swipe, crescendo, then hold "-ture" a tiny bit longer
  • M3 - That Quick Breath (QB) is really more of a teensy break as if to say, "and here's something else!!!"
  • M6-7 - Interp is quicker, more natural delivery of lyrics, get right to the pure NOO, Basses/Baritones stay on high side
  • M11 - Tuning, Leads sing on higher side of note, more Bass
  • M13 - Hold "want" just a tiny bit longer
  • M15 - Leads get right to that OO vowel instantly (warmly)
  • M17 - Important transition chord, check your accuracy and tuning
  • M18 - Make more of that Bass/Baritone swipe, Baris swipe right with the Basses
  • M23-24 - Tenors bring the sound forward strongly on this solo, others be sensitive and sing softer (but supported)
  • M31 - Baritones, do that swipe quicker and stronger on "my"
  • M32 - Important transition chord, check your accuracy and tuning, then on the unison on "You", it must be instant accuracy
  • M39 - Basses build, then I'll bring Baritones in on their echo
  • M40 - Basses move to that chord a little more quickly (follow me)
  • M53 - Important transition chord, check your accuracy and tuning.  This has been a problem spot so work on it so it's awesome
  • M54 - Hold "some" and let it grow in volume - then breath after "day".
  • M58 - The vowel is DEHH (as in dead), and the chord must grow on the swipe. This is the peak of the song!  Then I'll is AHH(eel)
  • M64 to end - Tenors sing with more freedom and lift and a big AH vowel that goes out the top of your heads.  Other parts, more word clarity.
  • M70-71 - The primary vowel is AHH