Interpretation

‘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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‘Mr Bojangles’ (Singing as storytelling 3)

This is the third in the blog series Singing as Storytelling. There are many big name singers doing cover versions of the classic hits. It’s easy money, because the songs are already well known favourites, and the singers already have a fan base who are prepared to buy whatever the singer records, and attend whatever …

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‘Cry Me A River’ (Singing as storytelling 2)

This is the second in the blog series Singing as Storytelling. The majority of singers – famous ones as well as amateurs – work hard to produce a stylish and technically excellent performance in terms of musical delivery, whatever the genre. However, it is rare to find a singer who genuinely delivers the lyric in …

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A to J model of singing

My singing students are well acquainted with my teaching model for singing lessons, and this summary is a reminder for them of the core concepts. It serves as a draft outline of a book I would like to write about what I have learned and teach about singing. I don’t know whether the book will ever …

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