This week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, Adelaide’s Got Talent, is an ode to singing. Our guest is Deanna Kangas from national adult singing studio, Voicehouse, and also from the cabaret troupe, Two Brunettes and A Gay.
This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is a wine from Yalumba.
In IS IT NEWS, Nigel challenges us on stories about singing.
In 100 Weeks Ago, we take you back to our interview with David Washington from InDaily.
And in the musical pilgrimage … Todd has lined up Ollie English’s brand new song which was only released this week.
Cover those ears 😉 Steve and Nigel start #singing lessons with Deanna Kangas from @VoicehouseAdl in #Adelaide Show 237. Almost everybody can #sing, she says, and she explains why too many of us fear it. Plus, a #masterclass in #song from @Ollie_English https://t.co/JXFAaaHS6J
— The Adelaide Show (@TheAdelaideShow) March 7, 2018
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Running Sheet: Adelaide’s Got Talent
|We’re giving mic advice to Deanna!|
|Theme and Introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.|
|00:02:33||SA Drink Of The Week
|2017 Yalumba Organic Shiraz … tasting notes|
|00:14:25||Stories Without Notice
Angus Tuck sent a note to say that he was rather chuffed hear our recent Adelaide Show podcast and comments on our Lioness Shiraz .The fruit is grown on our Bakers Gulley vineyard at Kangarilla and made by the wonderful Dandelion winemaker Elena Brooks. You mentioned that the wine is lighter than expected for a McLaren Vale shiraz and I think this can be put down a cooler elevation ( around 350 metres above sea level )above the floor of the Vale .We are usually one of the last to pick in the McLaren Vale wine region.
We will be on WOW FM 100.5 on election night, March 17, 2018.
Fringe reviews. Deanna, you’ve just finished your season of God Save The Queen’s. How were the audiences and the Gluttony venue?
In 1973, Billy Joel sowed these words into the public consciousness: Sing us a song, you’re the piano man, Sing us a song tonight, Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody, And you’ve got us feelin’ alright. Ironically, that song about handing over the singing to someone else is almost impossible for people not to sing along to, even if they are PETRIFIED of singing in public. But are we still as petrified as we think? Tonight’s guest, Deanna Kangas from Voicehouse, has noticed a 40% increase in adults taking singing lessons in 2017 and predicts singing will become one of the top personal development and leisure activities in Australia in 2018.
We’re starting a little later than usual tonight because your publicist told us you will have been wrapping up vocal training earlier this evening and your voice will need a rest before we start. Is it really that demanding?
I want to come back to technique and breathing shortly, but first I want to get stuck into fear.
There is no word for the fear of singing and yet such a fear is right up with fear of public speaking when you ask people what they are most afraid of doing in public. Perhaps the song that best captures WHY many of us are too scared to sing in public, is Mr Tanner by Harry Chapin. I want to read the first verse:
Mister Tanner was a cleaner from a town in the Midwest.
So far, so good. But then he saves up and puts on a concert in New York, resulting in this summary from the critics:
Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately His presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting.
Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order.
So, that is what most of us fear – that we’d just be not good enough, which brings the chorus of the song into focus:
Music was his life, it was not his livelihood,
To me, there are two main considerations here. Firstly, if we enjoy singing but are not good at it, should we get lessons? And, secondly, if we are enjoying the lessons, how do we decide whether to keep it a private joy, like Mr Tanner, or try to go public?
How does this sit with your revelation that more of us are taking singing lessons?
Ella Fitzgerald said, the only thing better than singing is more singing, and Edith Piaf said, singing is a way of escaping. It’s another world. I’m no longer on earth. Why do you sing?
Fergus Maximum: I’d ask how she responds to people who say, “I can’t sing”.
Ebony Guy-Villon: Did singing lessons for a while but all is lost now because muscle control and tone in the throat has gone.
Ebony also commented that classically trained vocalists use their diaphragms for power. But these days it not as necessary due to production software. She says, so many current “pop stars” sing from their throats because they don’t need the power to carry their voices like opera singers but then they get throat nodules and have to cancel shows. Does it all come down to diaphragms?
How much warm up do you do before a show? And do you do exercises after a show?
Are there concerns about food and drink?
Could you lead us in some exercises now?
Eugene Guy-Villon: Can you give us a Top C?
Is there a trick to changing key, or do you just have to practice?
Stella Mccartney once said, for me, singing is the most natural thing in the world. I’ve grown up with it and I know I’ve got that gift. Is it a gift, or can it be learned?
Nardia Symonds: What is the perfect age for starting singing lessons
There are many types of singing, road trip singing, stage singing, group singing, church singing, Bob Dylan singing, operatic singing, karaoke singing, shower singing. Are some of these kinder on our throats?
Of the musical styles, they must all pose different singing challenges. Let’s explore some
Crooners (we have a video of Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim in the show notes, doing a Bossa Nova Medley – surely this must be a relaxed, easy method of singing?)
Jazz and blues
Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan
How do you find your range? Who are the easy singers to emulate?
|01:31:01||Is It News?
Nigel Dobson-Keeffe challenges the panel to pick the fake story from three stories from South Australia’s past.
The Advertiser December 1945
Border Watch April 1878
News May 1948
|01:41:56||100 Weeks Ago
We opened the vault to go back 100 weeks to the chat with had with InDaily editor, David Washington about the importance of being news provocateurs.
Interestingly, we are moving into the final days of the election and WE will be becoming our own news provocateurs as we take over WOW FM for the night to bring you our “unique” style of coverage. That’s 100.5FM.
|01:46:50|| Musical Pilgrimage
|And our song this week is How Many Times by Ollie English, selected by our musical curator, Todd Fischer.|
|You have people … Premature clap … Karrrrrngas … Will we be able to sing?|
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