The weird energy was at it’s peak today!
My mood was very up in the morning and then I got all the way to the Gym and realized I had forgotten my pass, and my purse so couldn’t get a coffee. I really needed that coffee after such a disrupted sleep the night before. There was a crazy loud and big storm that actually scared me a bit, but when I asked my housemates about it in the morning, no one else had heard it.
That is the second time that has happened to me since living in the mansion, I can’t work out if it is because I am a light sleeper, or my dreams are being crazy!
Needless to say to anyone that knows me, along with being a bit tired, and annoyed at my terrible memory this sent my mood plummeting. I skyped my mum and stepdad about some EBP related stuff and mum instantly enquired why I looked so glum. I really appreciated her subtly trying to poke me back into happiness by asking about D’angelo, and it did work a little bit. However, I was still a little worried at how this would affect my day unfolding, as I had a very musical day where I needed my confidence and brain to be on top form!
Remembering an article that I had read previously stating that eggs are great for boosting serotonin levels, I concluded that I would find some wifi, green tea and an omelette and do something productive to boost my inner happy alex.
I am so happy to say that it worked, along with reading reviews written about my fabulous evening prior to my muddy day, I was on my way to my first singing lesson with a new teacher in excellent spirits! Albeit a tiny bit behind schedule but it didn’t matter, I had positivity on my side and I arrived only 2 minutes past the start time. Hallelujah!
The lesson with Angel Lea was phenemonenal and I am so lucky to have stumbled across an Instagram post from a songwriter that I happen to follow because of his collaborations with Jessie J.
Angel Lea has worked with so many artists that I look up to including Anthony Hamilton and Ledisi, I really am blessed to have been accepted for tuition with her. She nailed my problem areas (Neck, Shoulder, and Core tension inhibiting stronger breath control affecting my intonation and expansion of tone at the top end of my mixed range) and is confident that if I practice the exercises she specified that I would be on top form upon returning to the UK.
I only wish found her at the beginning of my stint so that I could have soaked up some songwriting tips, and maybe picked her brain about her wonderful career.
After an hour of working on my tense areas and focusing the direction of my breath, I go onto my Jazz vocal lesson with Aubrey.
I was a tiny bit tardy to this class, but I had a small time frame to get from one class to the next and a 50 block subway ride at rush hour to do it in, all in all only being 10 minutes late is a win in my eyes!
As soon as I walk in I am handed a sheet with chord types, among other theory based exercise sheets. Yikes! It has been a while since identifying chord types, let alone singing the jazz variations with inversions and improvisation round the scales! My brain got a good workout in that hour and really reminded me how important theory is for a vocalist hoping to progress.
Then I got lost in central park for an hour and a half and it was like a ghost town! Perfect time to do that I imagine, as the weather was so grey and overcast it felt like it could rain at any moment.
So really, I don’t know what I was thinking with my laptop and all aimlessly walking around at the threat of big time rain at any minute. But luck was on my side again and I did not get rained on at all!
My luck ran out however when I thought I was walking in the downtown direction but turned out I was walking exactly the way I was trying not to go. I have to agree with my brother at how terrible my sense of direction is!
Somehow I ended up at Bowery from w 86th, but all was not lost as I found whole foods, got some healthy and not – so healthy food treats and trekked on home.
Sorry this turned into another longish post, but my days are so busy with such crazy fun things!
Peace Kings and Queens – Stay Frosty as my stepdad would say…