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Enjoy Singing: Your Own and Others

Today as I was browsing updates an Facebook, I came across this post by local singer-instructor Brodie Perry. (This guy was singing opera professionally at age 17)

“Brodie Perry

“In our world right now everyone is so much more interested in being critics than enjoying music. I think YouTube and American Idol has given people the idea that life is about listening with critical ears rather than actually hearing. Gone are the days when we made music for the love of it. Now it’s more about “making it” than making music.”- Guy Babusek

I totally agree. Let’s jam some more, singing just for the fun of it.

“As a teacher of singing it can be difficult at times to shut off my critical mind and want to fix things rather than allowing imperfections that are inevitable just be what they are and enjoy the music. It takes a conscious effort for some of us, but a necessary one.”
I asked if I could quote him. He responded that I’d be quoting Babusek.
Well, I quoted both of them.
You should visit the page and get all the comments.
Comments from Amy Seifert, Bruce Bennett and other pros, even a video link to:
Stevie Nicks – Wild Heart – Live Demo – 1981

You’ll have to go to Brodie’s Post to get that link.

Well, let’s start “making music”. Sing for singings sake not to get world acclaim.

Catch you next time.

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Who sings Karaoke?

Singing to pre-recorded music is Karaoke.

Who does that? Just the girl at the mall in the Philipines?  Watch her now:


Most people on American Idol, X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got and every other country that has such contests sing to canned music.         Here’s an example that’s been very popular.


Susan Boyle’s first time on Britain’s Got Talent which now has an amazing
124,292,663 video views.  this is a great example of Karaoke singing.

When you go to a Karaoke DJ at a party or an event and he throws the lyrics up on the screen and you’ve never heard the arrangement before or it’s in the wrong key for your voice, the performance isn’t nearly as good as Susan’s fine performance.  But anyone given the right chance could most likely do the same as she did..

Listen now to a lady, Esthelle Kok from Holland do an online Karaoke performance. She lived in California as a girl. No video just fine audio. http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c67fad23e

She’s singing to her husband.

I bought a portable Karaoke machine with two microphones, CD player, 2 deck tape player and radio for $46 at a pawn shop.   Another time I bought a larger machine that also played 8 track karaoke tapes with a box of tapes for $50 at a thrift store. (It still plays fine with great sound. Why get rid of it if it works?)  You can purchase all kinds of great machines at this site:

http://www.gincomes.com/7762/     Jay’s place for Blog and Info Articles

Scroll down until you get to the “I recommend” box and click through the numbers, as only 4 items are listed per page until you come to the fancy with display screen machine: Karaoke USA Karaoke System with 7-inch TFT color Screen and Record Function(GF829), it’s $128.13.  Or look for a less expensive, plain sound machine, the Singing Machine SmL-385 Top Loading CDG Karaoke System for $52.97 and the shipping is free.

Click on the picture of the devise you want and you are taken to Amazon where you can purchase it and have it delivered to your door in just days. Then you can start having fun. Most machines work off of electrical hook ups and batteries so you can take them anywhere. They even make great PA systems. If you you want to explore other options, you can there by using the Amazon product search bar just above the item you are looking at.

Here’s a video I did on the Sing Snap recorder online.

If I Were A Rich Man

Karaoke, that’s different than doing your own song and music.

An Example is Angie Miller on American Idol                       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_NhisWuq9o

Or singing with a band or an orchestra or  not to pre-recorded music.     Wonder if I can find a video example about that?                                             Oh here is one from a movie.  Deanna Durbin sings with an orchestra.



I’ve sung with orchestras and bands and its a lot of fun.

Was that fun or what?


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