My First Official Creative Escape
It has been 8 years since I have sung seriously! Mom life became priority and my passions were put on the back burner. In my 20’s, singing was a huge part of me because music was what I chose to study in college. A few months ago, I decided I needed to bring singing back and to find my voice again. Do you have something that you used to do, that you have put aside for another day? If possible, try squeezing in some time for the things that are a part of you!
How it all started
One morning, while getting ready for the day, I decided to start vocalizing again. I wanted to start my day with something that made me feel good.
My musical influences
(To find out more information about each singer, please click on their names.)
I’ve spent years admiring Mary Creswell, my voice teacher in college, and Kerry Walters, a professor I studied with privately after graduation. I have dreamed about singing with both of them. Maybe one day, that dream will be realized!
I have spent many hours listening to Anne Sofie Von Otter, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald, and recently Natalie Weiss. I admire different things about each singer.
I listen to all of these women for their emotional and artistic singing. I have learned that it’s important to find your voice and to take apart the song to express the feeling and lyric.
A work in progress
This Creative Escape was the beginning of getting back into shape, vocally, and embracing my own sound. I want to trust myself in going outside my technical box to make music. Kelly Clarkson, my favorite pop/pop rock singer, said two things that have really stuck in my head. She said to Maelyn Jarmon, the 2019 winner of The Voice, “The lack of control, on purpose, was what I loved about this…I want you to just let go” (in reference to Maelyn previously being in her head about the technical side of singing). I also heard Kelly say on “You Sang My Song” video on YouTube, after explaining she was trained in opera, “I had to really work on finding my voice emotionally rather than technically.” These comments were light bulb moments for me! I’m looking forward to maintaining a technical side to ensure longevity, but finding myself emotionally.
One thing I learned this year, always keep yourself open, because you might see/hear/feel something that inspires you!
How can I use singing creatively?
With this Creative Escape, I wanted to do something I never thought I would have the courage to do. I have always wanted to sing in an empty cathedral. I decided to find an emotional song that would fit nicely being performed in the beautiful space. I asked my daughter’s piano teacher, Jenni, if she wanted to create an arrangement with me. I wanted to try finding my own style on this song, a mix between classical and contemporary. I wanted my accompanist to have the liberty to create her own style and arrangement as well.
I listened to other artist’s arrangements of the song for inspiration:
Jenni and I loved the creative process. Each time we met, we bounced ideas off of each other. It felt wonderful being in that musical world again.
The moment came when I could cross something off my bucket list!
After a couple of months, I nervously emailed St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines, IA to see if I could come in and sing. They were SO kind and allowed me to use their cathedral one Friday afternoon. It was an amazing experience! Hearing the reverb back put me in awe of the architecture and it was magical.
Jenni and I talked a little, but really, we just had fun making music for an entire hour. One thing we both noticed, even though we didn’t talk much, we were instantly connected. I love how this Creative Escape strengthened our new friendship.
For this hour, I only thought about connecting with Jenni and singing what I was feeling. Jenni was so supportive and played beautifully! I was blown away with her arrangement and improvisation. She wasn’t even playing what was on her music! After this little creative outing, I feel recharged, motivated, and excited about singing with Jenni again in the future.
Can you do something like this too?
If you enjoy making music and want to try something new, feel free to contact another friend who also enjoys music. Work on creating your own style and arrangement. Find a fun place to have a musical Creative Escape…maybe a band shelter at your local park, or at a local church/place of worship/theatre/auditorium, or in someone’s home.
Take the time to make music even if you are feeling butterflies! I was definitely feeling some nerves, but I was so happy and excited that we were brave enough to pull it off.
Future Blog Post:
My next blog post will be an adventure I had with my son. He was 3 at the time. It is something we like to do together to help with his early reading skills. I will also list some ideas that we have done to encourage early reading.
See what happens when you reintroduce yourself to something you loved doing way back when!
* If you want to learn more about the Creative Escape Card Campaign, please refer to the 7/14/2019 blog post.
*If you want to learn more about finding and expanding your creative side, please refer to the 9/1/2019 blog post.
Since I have decided to bring singing back into my life, it feels like a new beginning. I thought this flowering tree was a great Creative Escape Card for this week. Spring always feels like a new beginning.
Remember to save this card to your camera roll or computer so you have it when you need it!