Bad Break Up? Here's 7 Songs Perfect For Venting Your Rage! #Rawr

Uncategorized Aug 10, 2020

There's nothing quite like a bad break up with a lover or friend. The frustration and anger spill over until we're suddenly roaring and using words we'd heard once on an HBO late night movie.

Here are seven musical theatre songs that are PERFECT for venting your anger. Each has its unique setting, so you can choose the one that's the best fit for you and belt it out - let your rage and anger sing!  

*Most of these pieces were written for female characters, but most work for all genders and have pronouns that are easily switched.*

*As always, click on the song title for a free accompaniment track and a link to acquire the sheet music. Enjoy!*

I Resolve - She Loves Me

Perfect for you if you feel like you've been tricked and duped multiple times by this person and you're resolved to CHANGE!

Wherever He Ain't - Mack and Mabel

Perfect for you if just want to be wherever THAT PERSON is not! ... even if that means another city, country or continent!

What Did I Ever See In Him - Bye...

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Julie Andrews: Five Fabulous Songs To Revisit

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2020

Julie Andrews. *insert sighs of adulation here*

The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady, Cinderella, Camelot, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Victor/Victoria. Her career was astounding! And of course we all know her 'greatest hits' - Spoonful of Sugar, My Favourite Things, Wouldn't It Be Loverly, In My Own Little Corner ... But what about other songs she introduced on stage and screen?

Here are five fabulous songs of hers to reconsider ... plus it's an excuse to revisit her work and that's always a win! 

*as always, click on the song title for a free accompaniment track and a link to the sheet music*

Stay Awake - Mary Poppins

Probably the least celebrated of the Mary Poppins film score, but one of the most intimate musical moments. A beautiful lullaby that always enchants.

I Have Confidence - The Sound Of Music

I learned, reading Ms Andrews' most recent book, that the song Richard Rodgers delivered for this moment in the film was NOT what ended up on screen. Apparently it was...

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6 (Sinfully Delicious!) Musical Theatre Villain Songs To Love 🖤

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2020

We spend most of every day attempting to be kind and thoughtful of others ... so how can you pass up the opportunity to be evil in a song? It's SO much fun!  

In an audition, approximately 80 to 90% of all singers will sing about love - having it, not having it, losing it, hating it.

Why not stand out and sing about being evil? 

Here are six of my favourite Musical Theatre Villain songs to get you started.

Have fun being bad!  

*click on the song title for a free accompaniment track and a link to a copy of the sheet music*

Forbidden Fruit - The Apple Tree  

What's the story? The serpent in the Garden of Eden is trying to convince Eve to take a bite of the infamous apple. 

Why is it sinfully delicious? The music is sneaky and fun! This is an elegant and devious villain to play.

Sensitivity - Once Upon A Mattress  

What's the story? The (evil?) Queen is trying to come up with a way to get rid of Princess of Winnifred ... and...

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Five Fantastic (and Competitive) Songs for Young Voices

Uncategorized Jul 22, 2020

Finding great repertoire for young voices that stands out competitively is a tough job. And if you're reading this, chances are that you're (very!) weary of Naughty (Matilda), Little People (Les Miz) and In My Own Little Corner (Cinderella). I feel that!

Here are five of my favourite, not done to death, competitive songs for young voices. Click on the titles for a free accompaniment track and a link to obtain sheet music.

*Although these songs were written specifically for male or female characters, all songs work for all genders in unchanged voices.*

Different - Honk

What is it? The 'ugly duckling' sings about being different and wanting to get along with everyone else.

Who does it suit? Singers with beautiful phrasing and loads of empathy.

Why does it win? If performed with love and grace, everyone can connect with not fitting in and gets pulled into this heart breaking, relatable story.

 

I Want To Go Home - Big

What is it?  Twelve year old Josh has just...

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Remembering Gertrude Lawrence ❤️

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2020

Gertrude Lawrence was an established and renowned actor when she first approached Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II with a book she thought would make a great musical. It was called 'Anna And The King Of Siam'. 

Rodgers and Hammerstein II loved the book and loved Ms. Lawrence; however, they knew that her vocal abilities were limited. Consequently, all of Anna's solos in what came to be known as The King And I were on the simpler side of things. And if you give the original Broadway Cast recording a listen, you can hear how Ms. Lawrence skates very close to the edge of being flat. The show was an enormous hit, helped in no small part by the power and grace Gertrude Lawrence brought to the role. 

A year and a half after the show had opened, Ms. Lawrence fainted backstage after a matinee. She had liver and stomach cancer that was widespread and died a few short weeks later. 

I have always thought it was fitting that Rodgers and Hammerstein II wrote such...

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Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers!

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2020

June 28th: Happy Birthday Richard Rodgers!  

It's very difficult to encapsulate the work of Richard Rodgers, it's as if he had three careers.

The first, his writing partnership with Lorenz Hart, leaving us with Blue Moon, My Funny Valentine and Bewitched, plus countless others.

Then, his partnership with Oscar Hammerstein II which resulted in blockbuster shows: Oklahoma!, Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, State Fair, Cinderella, The King and I and The Sound Of Music.

And then, on his own he partnered with various writers (Do I Hear A Waltz? with Stephen Sondheim) or worked on his own (I Have Confidence in the film Sound of Music). Richard Rodgers was a musical miracle - leaving us countless melodies to discover and love. 

Here are some of my favourites of his:

*click for an accompaniment track and sheet music link*

My Funny Valentine - Babes In Arms

Bewitched - Pal Joey

Wonderful Guy - South Pacific

I Cain't Say No - Oklahoma!

It Might As Well Be...

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Song Highlight: What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)  

Originally recorded by Louis Armstrong, this piece works beautifully as a duet or solo or choral piece. Click here for sheet music and an accompaniment recording - enjoy! 

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Song Highlight: Bewitched (Pal Joey)

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

Bewitched

Lorenz Hart (born May 2nd, 1895) was a talented, yet tragic figure, tortured by his own demons throughout his career. As a result, his lyrics are all laced with cynicism and ache. But oh, they are sublime. Especially when paired with Richard Rodgers' melodies. Bewitched is probably my favourite of their work, but oh it's so hard to choose just one.  Click here for sheet music and an accompaniment recording.

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Song Highlight: Happy Feet (Bing Crosby)

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

Happy Feet (Bing Crosby)

Long before the animated movie about penguins, this piece made its first appearance in 1930 and it's SO much fun! Perfect for young performers with tons of energy and/or singers who can move! Click here for sheet music and an accompaniment recording - enjoy!

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Song Highlight: If I Had You (Frank Sinatra)

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

If I Had You - Shapiro, Connelly, Campbell  

This lovely piece is from 1928, romantic to the core! A perfect song for singers working on staying connected to their resonance.Click here for sheet music and an accompaniment recording - enjoy! 

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