- Find Dave Loggins songs on iTunes, Spotify and everywhere else you listen to and purchase music.
- His son Kyle built a website for him here: https://davelogginsmusic-com.webs.com.
- Here's a partial list of people who've cut his songs: http://nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/Site/inductee?entry_id=2461
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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021
As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I am reminded of a thousand blessings that keep me in a state of gratitude. In keeping with All Things Vocal, here's a sampling of what's on my voice's gratitude list:
I know this from personal experience, after losing an octave and a half from an endotracheal tube down my throat for an extended time in the hospital. As a vocal coach, that experience has helped me help others. I have seen vocal polyps, nodules, and vocal cord paralysis disappear with corrective vocal re-training. Surgery can almost always be avoided if the damage is stopped in time.
- Knowing that vocal damage can completely heal
- Not having grown up with auto tune
I have had fantastic conversations, in person and online with coaches including Jeffrey Allen, Jeannie Deva, Jamie Vendera, Lisa Popeil, Joana Cazden, Richard Fink IV, Mark Thress, and many others. Mr. Allen granted me permission to use his hook-shaped voice path in my teaching, and Joana Cazden suggested improvements to my vocal health document. I love sharing information as a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), trading lessons and ideas in classical and contemporary voice with singers and teachers such as my dear friend Mark Thress! I'm grateful when a teacher or other voice expert comments on a post in this blog. We may not see things exactly the same way, but these conversations have all given me insight and made me a better and more effective teacher.
- Conversations with other curious, caring vocal coaches
- Great voices and music creators
- My vocal coach, Gerald Arthur
- The gift of insight and intuition.
...especially the ones with toughest, peskiest problems. Your patience and your dedication to your training have led to breakthroughs and of course, to solutions for the next student who comes in with that issue. I love you for trusting me with your precious voices, and being willing to go down the rabbit trails we explored until we found your answers!
- Every vocal student I've ever had
John makes everyone I work with feel welcome, sometimes stopping by the webcam to say hello! He also helps me to remember to power down at the end of the day and gives me a great reason to. He is my most important critic, sounding board and encourager. He also joined me to create and perform our surprise last album "Here We Are". There aren't enough words for what that album means to us both!
- My husband John and our son Peter
- Friendship, trust, inspiration, and support
- Pineapple juice
A big thank you goes up to whoever invented the transpose button on my keyboard! That way my students and I can sing in for instance the key of B, while I play it in my fingers' much preferred Bb or C! 😀
- The transpose button
I am very grateful for you, dear reader and supporter of 'All Things Vocal'. You are the reason I do this. If you have a suggestion for this blog or podcast to make it of more value to you please let me know. Your comments and reviews are incredibly important and I am so very grateful to those of you who take the time.
Monday, November 8, 2021
Do you have singers, speakers and/or musicians on your gift list? Here are some suggestions, updated for 2021:
$25 or less...
- Music! Support music creators with a gift that keeps on giving... a single or a whole album project. Here are 8 places you can purchase music online, or go to an artist's website to order (they make more money that way). Or go all-in with the great sound and look of vinyl!
- An acoustic cellphone amplifier (yep, google that and you'll find all kinds!
- EarPlanes (for inflight ear discomfort - they work!)
- A camera tripod
- The Singer's Mask
- Other good quality, comfortable masks to protect them from Covid when they are in public interacting with fans and music industry people.
- The Martian Popping Thing (a.k.a. 'Panic Pete'), I use it to train breath technique; it's also a hand/finger exerciser and a mental stress reliever!
- A neck scarf or shawl for blocking cold air to tender throats.
- My digital or physical 1-CD Power, Path and Performance vocal training course.
- A music theory book
- A flexible multipositionable cellphone stand ... great for videoing gigs, youtube performances, doing Facebook live videos, etc!
- Voice therapist/speech pathologist Joana Cazden's book 'Every Day Voice Care'
- Guitar Tuner or Metronome
- Stage wear bling for clothes or hair
- Mic stand pic holder (maybe add some pics!)
- Instrument strings
- A small percussion instrument (tambourine, egg shaker, etc.)
- Membership for speakers in Toastmasters
- An immune boosting supplement. There are tons of choices, a couple of suggestions I have include this buffered vitamin C powder -easy on the stomach but powerful; and On Guard cough drops from DoTerra.
- Stainless steel, glass or BPA-free water container... and maybe add a 6 pack of Dole's pineapple juice (great throat soother and hydrator for stage and studio)
- Lisa Aschmann's 1,000 Songwriting Ideas
- Neti Pot (plastic or ceramic, maybe add pkg of neti pot salt and/or herbal wash)
- A full length mirror (for singers, singer-dancers, musical theater actors, public speakers)
- A humidifier or vaporizer. If you prefer a cool air humidifier, here's one that self cleans. And here is a unique, small humidifier powered by USB. I prefer warm air vaporizers. But I'm not sure there's a lot of difference.
- Pack of strings (find a sneaky way to make sure you know the instrumentalists' preference)
- Instrument cleaner, polish or string changing wrench
- Alan Carr's "Easy Way To Stop Smoking" (for the voice and for life)
- A music business staple: Passman's "All You Need To Know About The Music Business"
- My last album John and Judy Rodman's "Here We Are".
$26 - $65
- Singing In The Studio course (the ultimate professional level course for any singer who will be recording vocals.) If ordered thru Dec 31, 2021 you get a 50% rebate!
- Vocal Production Workshop (for engineers/producers who want to get the best vocals possible out of their singers) This too...if ordered thru Dec 31, 2021 you get a 50% rebate!
- HearFones I have these back in stock!! (Domestic shipping only)
- 1/2 hour vocal lesson with me in-person, online or phone (I'll provide gift certificate)
- Posture trainer - a hunched back is terrible for health and for the voice! This looks like a great little product that gently prods you when you slouch.
- Microphome foam microphone cleaner All of us should have a bottle of this.
- A limited subscription to Netflix or boxed set of a TV series (for idle hours on the tour bus)
- A music "fake book" or sheet music
- Stands - music stand, mic stand, guitar stand
- iPad stand holder
- Tickets to a live concert event
- A mini-trampoline for core and wellness physical workouts all voices need.
- A thumb drive for music tracks and vocal exercises
- Mp3 speakers (some of the cheap ones sound fine and work with not only iPhones but also Android phones, tablets, laptops, etc.)
- iPhone adapter (for newer iPhones that don't have a phone jack)
$65 - $250
- One or two hours of vocal lessons with me in office or online (I'll provide gift certificate)
- My full UPDATED 6-disc Power, Path and Performance vocal training course - plus bonus 30 minute vocal lesson if ordered thru Dec 31, 2021 (email me for gift certificate). Please specify if you want the course on disc, or prefer the files on thumb drive.
- A JBL Bluetooth Speaker
- A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) such as ProTools, Studio One, Logic, Reaper.
- A course by Bree Noble in music business such as "Profitable House Concerts" (she has several more)
- Music marketing/promotion training by Rick Barker
- A backup hard drive for recording projects
- A Cajon, Djembe or frame drum
- A new smartphone and/or data package
- Membership(s) in NSAI (for songwriters), AFM (Musician's Union) or SAG/AFTRA (singer/actor union)
- Photoshop Elements (An affordable version to create web banners, flyers, edit photos, all kinds of photo uses)
- Masterwriter software
- Gym membership and/or personal trainer (for health, looks AND vocal stamina!)
- Acting or dance lessons... Google classes and prices in your area, get recommendations.
- Live performance coaching
- A microphone - spend some time finding out what is needed. Will it be for stage performance or recording? For a speaker, say a lavalier mic system (this is what I have)? A podcast? There are cheap and more expensive mics for all these applications, do some digging around. An economical time-tested stage or rehearsal workhorse is the Shure SM58 or Sennheiser 835.
- Mp3 player or speaker (and if you're dealing with the newer iPhone, you'll need wireless)
- A small mixing board
- A quality pair of headphones
- A turntable (LP vinyl player - and hey, discriminating ears love vinyl!)
- An instrument case with wheels, or lightweight gig bag
- Digital recorder
- Surprise your performer at a show with flowers!
$250 and up...
- Funding for my vocal production and/or bgvs (contact me if you'd like to discuss)
- A series of vocal lessons with me (I'll be happy to provide a gift certificate)
- Lessons on an instrument.
- Mixing board
- A camera, GoPro or camcorder
- The Shure SM7B cardiod dynamic vocal microphone (I am now recording bgvs and my podcast on this).
- An audio interface - simple, or complex like the Apollo (mine is the Twin - the PC version) which comes with console and plugins.
- A web or Facebook designer
- DragonSpeak - Voice Recognition Software (for songwriters and speech writers)
- In-ear monitors
- Stage clothes and/or bling
- Wireless mic system
- A photo session
- CD graphics design
- A music marketing seminar or bootcamp
- Funding for video shoot
- An instrument.. guitar, keyboard, mandolin, violin, etc
- New road cases
- Home studio recording gear
- A live PA system
- Host an outdoor socially distanced karaoke party or guitar pull!
- Write song charts for your loved one.
- Set them up on a social network they are new to.
- Teach them to use some software you know they need.
- Videotape them for TikTok, Instagram, Youtube Live or Facebook Live.
- Do or better yet, teach them how to do some video or audio editing, such as with Audacity (free software).
- Type up and organize their worktapes and lyrics, or convert them digitally and save.
- Write a song in honor of them them (priceless!)
- Commit to a number of hours of computer work... updating databases, uploading videos and pictures, social network friending, researching, etc.
- If you have a home studio, record a song demo or worktape on them.
- Carve out special time to listen and critique their song, performance, speech.
- Give them a day of complete voice rest! Do the talking for them.
- Babysit or dog sit while they perform, record or attend someone else's show.
- Attend their online show and invite friends!
- Recommend their music or show on your social network sites
Or...get creative. Give to a charity in your loved one's name, buy them a star, make a memory spending some time together in a group Zoom or Skype meeting, or volunteering to help safely deliver food or other goods to doorsteps of those in need!
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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Our talking points include:
- How our vocal lessons helped Radney recover his lost voice.
- How Grammy producer Brown Banister gave Radney 'permission' to make the move from Texas to Nashville.
- How roadblocks in his life changed his trajectory.
- What 'artistic success' is. Radney says, "It's about the work". The insecurity of the business of the arts. What you do about that.
- Funny story about how country artist T.G. Sheppard got his start.
- Radney's sons and the way their music is evolving, and how they and Radney learned from each other.
- The fascinating creation process for the short stories and songs of Radney's multimedia project 'For You To See The Stars'.
- Radney's journey into acting. The stunt he pulled that got him the part in Kristian Bush's musical 'Troubadour'.
- The scare of really losing your voice. The importance of believing it can come back, and doing the work required. The importance of having a village around you, including a small inner circle of accountability and support. The value of having 'no' people in your life.
- Radney's work with young artists, including Kasey Musgraves and MCA artists 'the Randy Rogers Band', who Randy is now producing again.
- The impossibility of stopping the creative process, but how important it is to listen to wisdom and change the way you work as you go.
- The screenplay he is writing with his amazingly creative wife Cyndi, which has now been optioned for filming.
- His upcoming promotion activities and performances for the 30 year anniversary of 'Del Rio 1959'.
More About Radney Foster:
- Radney was born and raised in Texas. He started singing and writing early, and as a young touring musician with long hours on the road between tour stops, he became an avid reader of books by authors such as John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. His reading would influence and inform his writing to come.
- He was signed as part of the hit-making duo ‘Foster & Loyd’, and then as solo artist. In 2015, Radney developed a severe case of pneumonia and laryngitis and was put on 6 weeks of vocal constraint. This roadblock to his singing channeled his creative juices into writing a short story, which became the genesis of his latest endeavor ‘For You To See The Stars’. This is a two-part project: a book of short stories and a CD of songs that correlate to the stories, though both book and CD can also be enjoyed separately.
- So far, Radney has written 8 #1 singles and scores of other songs recorded by artists including Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys. He has also become a successful studio producer and mentor of new artists.
- Radney has successfully delved into a new creative art – acting. He was cast in the starring role of a musical theater production co-written by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and playwright Janece Shaffer called 'Troubadour’ and appears in the feature film 'Beauty Mark'.
- Coming up: 2022 will be the 30th anniversary of “Del Rio, TX 1959,” Radney’s solo debut. He’ll be doing an anniversary tour with surprises in store.
Be sure to check out his book and CD 'For You To See The Stars'
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
1. You are doing the wrong exercises for your voice.Self-prescribing can get you into trouble. Just like pharmaceuticals, there are tons of vocal exercises offered on the internet, on phone apps, and suggested by well-meaning friends. While some of these exercises (done correctly) do work, some of them that have been dreamed up are actually tightening and even damaging. Examples I would say include:
- Contorting your face, tongue or jaw as strenuously as you can. Stretching is good, but stretching any muscle all the way causes your automatic nervous system to apply a 'knee-jerk' contraction to prevent tearing. That's a good way to set up tension and even muscle-spasm at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Move your face around and loosen it, yes, but never as radically as possible, and stop before your jaw or face gets tired of stretching.
- Or keeping your face (eyes, jaw) as still as possible. Sorry, once again I find this common admonition counterproductive. To test this yourself, try singing or speaking a short phrase with a frozen face. Then do it again with a very active face such as you would use with a baby or puppy. See what I mean?
- Using vocal fry exercises. Some coaches use this but I find this extremely counterproductive and fatiguing, unless you zip them backwards so your vocal folds are not abused. Definitely don't use vocal fry in your speaking voice!
- Projecting air pressure for volume, which goes along with a misunderstanding of what 'healthy belt' voice is. Your rich and controlled volume should come from a balance of support and control, not just support. Your vocal cords should never feel the air push through them!
2. You are doing healthy vocal exercises but incorrectly with bad form.Just like any athletic basic skills training, you can hurt yourself trying to help yourself if you don't know how to do the exercise. For instance:
- You practice tension.
- You don't know how to prepare to travel through your vocal range.
- You think you're strengthening your voice by exercising til it hurts.
3. You are warming up your voice too fast.Use common sense here. Again, like any physical endeavor, if you go from zero to 60 (or even to 5 if you're really cold), you can create the opposite of a warmup... you can cause a tighten up!
- Yes, your voice wants access to movement. But start slow. Get those tissues flexing and getting some blood flowing before increasing the exercise's range or level of intensity.
- f you can't do something yet, DO NOT PUSH ! Just take a calming breath, back up and begin at an earlier place in your warm-up until your voice says 'yes' to being challenged.
4. You are not doing your vocal exercises long enough.If you've been singing or touring a lot and your vocal stamina is up, you may need 5 or 10 minutes of warm-up. If you haven't been singing regularly, have been sick or just have some mucous build-up, you might need 20 to 45 minutes. How do you know? Your voice feels flexible, open and free, and is working like you want it to!
- I recently re-learned the wisdom of taking enough time to completely warm up my voice before performance. I woke up with some gunk coating my throat that seemingly would just not let go. I was afraid I was going to be able to do my lead vocals that day. But I kept on slowly and carefully challenging my voice, finally shook the gunk off, limbered my instrument up and nailed those vocals that day.
- The same thing has happened to me numerous times for stage performance.
- One of my favorite things to do is to have a student begin our lesson with a phlegmy or flabby instrument that isn't working well, and ending the lesson with the voice feeling warm and flexible, singing the song that would have been impossible at the start!.
- Use common sense and don't overdo vocal exercises too long or too strenuously if you have a long performance that day. There is a limit to your physical and mental energy, and you'll need that energy for your vocal main event. Again, at the end of your exercise, your should feel great, not tired!
What can you do?
- Next time you warmup... assess how your voice feels immediately afterwards. If it doesn't feel great, get to the bottom of 'why not'.
- If you don't know HOW to do vocal exercises properly, DON'T DO THEM! Just sing easy songs and do tongue tanglers to warm your voice up.
- Get a trusted vocal coach to teach you how to do vocal exercises that fit your voice.
Remember: your vocal warm-up is not supposed to be a vocal tighten-up!
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Monday, October 11, 2021
More about Jenny Tolman
Her website: www.JennyTolman.com
Her latest press articles:
- Say Yes to the Dress- https://theboot.com/jenny-tolman-say-yes-to-the-dress/
- Engagement story in People Mag- https://people.com/country/dave-brainard-jenny-tolman-engagement/
- Duet with Jeannie Seely in American Songwriter- https://americansongwriter.com/jenny-tolman-jeannie-seely-wholl-be-your-fool-behind-the-scenes/
- Here is the music video for “There Goes the Neighborhood”- https://youtu.be/OB63o8OvmM0
- Find more acoustic performances from Jenny on last year's 'Cloud Rounds' songwriter round- https://youtu.be/zjBCiA8fPv4
- Pre-save her new single "I Know Some Cowboys"
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Friday, September 17, 2021
So how is it that a holistic singing veterinarian in Australia has come up with a method of treating animals that can help humans in vocal performance? Listen and learn...
Singer, songwriter, public speaker and holistic veterinarian, Dr. Bassingthwaighte brings joy into any room he shares with all creatures great and small. It doesn't matter if he's placing his gentle, intuitive hands on a hurting dog or horse, singing songs he wrote to audiences or to me in vocal lessons, or just having a conversation of any kind. In this delightful chat, I got to ask him about his holistic, groundbreaking work in the healing arts and how he came to know what he does. He even takes me through an exercise in awareness that he designed - and you are invited to do it with us! Writing songs and singing have become very important to his own well-being, and we talk about that, too. Join us for the podcast interview, and we welcome your comments and reviews!
More about Dr. Edward Bassingthwaighte:
He is the founder of the Whole Energy Body Balance Method (an integrated, comprehensive system of embodied awareness, movement, healing bodywork, and energy-work for pets, people, and horses).
He practices as a holistic veterinarian, makes music as a singer/songwriter, creates visionary abstract art, loves to dance, grows food, loves walking in nature, and has a deep, devoted spiritual practice of movement (chi gong), meditation, and service to life.