Sunday, October 9

Cuttings 7 - Songshop

I came across the module outline called:
Songshop, the Art of Song INterpretation: a course in vocal performance and song analysis.
(Claudia Hommel, Chicago)

Some very interesting points..

->sense of place, character poetry in a song
->specific moments of change within each song
->making the song your own
->conviction and communication and musicality, more important than quality or range of voice ('not limited to "great" voices').
->"cabaret" techniques of intimate singing; space that allows direct contact between audience and performer.
->a story to tell, essence of most singing is story-telling - something changes from beginning to end, emotional discovery, music-and-word-painting of a scene or character in which a story is implied.
->discovery and process - not only about songs but also about us.
->make explicitlinks to own life experience
->representations of human experience
->success of interpretation measured by both its unique connectrion to the individual singer AND its universality to a braoder audience.
->humanity and humour in every song
->role of accompanyist as a character in the song - when does the music enhance, mimic, contradict the lyrics; to what extent does the music paint the scenery, create the mood, the dramamtic tension?
->process, tools, techniques
-physicality of singing, rhythm, tempo, character, movement, meaning, structure of live performance, language, 'patter' before songs
->biography of the singer, historical and social context of their life
"Like short stories, songs reveal more of themselves everytime they are experienced" (Charles DiCola).
->to recognise and then callenge the easy patterns we fall into in our work

->what form of text does Not tell a story? Do any forms of art not tell a story? Is telling a story the same as communication? (taking 'story' in its broadest definition)
->music+lyrics - the way a song can work to create emotion - communicated through performace.
->The performer/singer as an actor Vs the performer/singer as themselves - do they always have to 'think in character' or can they think 'out of chararacter' as themselves? if the song is autobiographical?

And i answered some questions on the sheet:

Why do you sing?
-in order to convey myself
What do you physically feel when you sing?
-freedom, strength, adrenaline
What to you feel emotionally when you sing?
-control; out of control
What do you like to sing?
-songs that i love, songs i have written, songs i find hard
What keeps you from singing?
-circumstances, distractions, time
What kinds of performance turns you off?
-crass, inflated, spectacle, automatic
What songs do you especially enjoy?
-songs with piercing lyrics, wonderful rhythm, incredible voices
What songs do you avoid?
-cheesy, boring songs

......hard to answer! good to think about......