Alexander Massey

‘Send in the Clowns’ (Singing as storytelling 5)

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics of ‘Send in the Clowns’ for his 1973 musical, ‘A Little Night Music’. Before reading the rest of this blog post, you might want to read the excellent Wikipedia article on this song; it gives the dramatic context for the song, as well as highly informative detail, in …

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‘Guess who I saw today’ (Singing as storytelling 4)

‘Guess who I saw today’, was written by Murray Grand (music) and Elisse Boyd (lyrics) for the musical revue ‘New Faces of 1952’. It is a wonderful combination of words and music to tell a story. As for my other blog posts in this ‘Singing as Storytelling’ series, I’ll share my favourite version first. This …

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Health

Dec 2019 – I will start blogging about this soon. Articles will include: vocal loading – managing how you use your speaking and singing voice throughout the week what can stress the voice medical challenges – respiratory infections; acid reflux; menstruation; IBS; side effects of medications; intubation during surgery; muscle-skeletal conditions smoking, recreational drugs, alcohol …

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Gymnastics (advanced singing)

Dec 2019 – I will start blogging about this soon. Articles will include: pitch extremes (high & low); extending range managing dynamics / volume:  loud & soft; extremes (fortissimo & piannissimo); getting from one to the other; sudden loudness or softness vibrato long, sustained notes fast singing: rapid syllables; rapid pitch change (semiquaver runs, riffs) …

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Songwriting

Songwriting lessons, mentoring, song critique and blog lyricists music writers and composers songwriters (words and music) singer-songwriters (whatever your instrument) amateurs and professionals music students I have 35 years experience studying song and songwriting – as a published songwriter and choral composer, composition teacher, songwriting mentor, professional singer, and singing teacher. And I’ve worked with pretty much every type …

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