I saw Nick's and Bri Li's (respective) bands play last night and they were both great in their own right. Nick's is just really original and upbeat and raw, while Bri Li's is more polished and contemplative. It was great to hear live music in such a small and intimate setting, which I think is the most optimal setting for such things. It reminded me of when I used to go to shows in LA and write music reviews, and also when I used to do open mics and have jam sessions with people.
Speaking of which, I'm supposed to be starting to get into that again with Christian, mostly background vocals, duets and stuff on his music. And yesterday just made me want to start up with the music that much more. It's been a long time. Actually in the past month, I've been messing around with my guitar a little more than usual now that I have scads of time on my hands. My callouses are reforming and lookin' awesomely gross. As far as singing goes, I have this thing where I can sing a bunch of different ways from indie/low fi(Postal Service's "Nothing Better"), to powerhouse r&b(Corinne Bailey Rae's "Breathless"), to the whole classic showtune/broadway musical voice(Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me", Wicked, Rent). It comes from being a mezzo soprano which helps with things like having a wide range. But I'm trying to find the sound I want to stick with as my own rather than modifying it to fit a bunch of different sounds. I think it'll be more toward the indie, although I've always had a thing for being in musicals. Here's my old Myspace Music Page, it hasn't been updated in years.
I feel like I always have to have a picture or video up on my blog entries since I've done it every other time. So here goes. A parting gift for you (videos from 2008). Oh, my lovely lovely long hair, how I miss you so. Although I just heard from my friend and one of my coworkers that they like my short hair better.
So this one from the movie Walk Hard only sounds good during the duet parts with the harmonizing and Austin and I did this without practicing (we're reading the lyrics while recording). And I have that silly country accent, but it's cute.
And this Tom Waits cover stinks cause I hadn't gotten the hang of playing and singing at the same time back then (if I just do one or the other it sounds way better, but together I suck)
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