End of tour, selling albums, Zerbinetta, holding your breath

November 5, 2009 at 4:23 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Hi everyone!

Just a hodge-podgy update, I guess.  I mean, it’s been wayyy too long.  Except where I posted the Bubblegum Slut review the other day.  Still happy about that!  Hope you’ve all read it!

So, what is up… I finished my tour, it was fun.  I had been sick, and was trying to coax my voice back for a couple reasons- most urgently, to sing an audition with Fargo-Moorhead Opera.  I just barely, barely went through with it.  I wasn’t sure up til the night before (really, the morning of) if I was in good enough condition to sing.  I was still under the weather, but I had my high notes back, so I went through with it.  They even asked for O zittre nicht, which I offered as an alternate (I know small companies do Magic Flute a lot and aren’t such sticklers about voice size for their Queens of the Nights), and that goes up to an F, and my F was totally fine.  Yay!  I gotta say, I was chugging Emergen-C, and I also found that this one Vitamin Water which was vitamin C enhanced, I think it was purple and it was like reduced calorie or something.  I found it to be really soothing on my throat.  So I had a really nice audition with them, and my gig the night before in Fargo was really fun!  It started out with me playing just to one person, but several more drifted in as the show wore on.  I had a really fun time- played everything I knew, and the one kid who was there from the beginning asked me to sing Glitter and be Gay a capella.  (He had asked what my rep was, and wanted to hear it since he’d just started reading Candide.)  It was pretty hilarious.  This one guy in the audience- I hate to say “redneck” ’cause that’s like racist(?)… is there a non-offensive way to say “total hick”?  He said it was so loud I hurt his ears.  I was like, “OPERA WIN!!” I love my life sometimes.  Oh and the one really sweet kid who came to see me on purpose bought my CD.  Yay!

So I’m back, I need to sell wayyyyy more albums.  Who wants to buy one???  Or ten?!?!?  You know you do.  I’m trying to hit up my friends, but I feel bad, especially ’cause it’s usually a matter of people not having money today but they’ll buy it next week, but I don’t want to keep asking again and again.  The simple truth is that since I’m not on any sort of label whatsoever, and am not yet famous, I actually do have to rely largely on people I know to buy my shit.  At least for now.  Oh yeah and you guys. :)

For the record, it’s still in processing for CDBaby, so the only thing to do for now is to order it by PayPal off my website.  Which is me going to the post office and mailing it to you.  Oh, but if you want a digital download, that you can buy now, on amandawhite.bandcamp.com.  The iTunes thing, still processing, etc, but I get more money anyways if you buy it from bandcamp (and I’m not an expert on these things but I think the sound quality is better too).

So!  We’re in rehearsal for Ariadne auf Naxos.  Today was our first full-opera run.  It was my first time doing any of the second act stuff at all (we had already rehearsed the prologue).  So fun!  People are sounding better than I expected.  Like, I was really worried about the quartet of men (before hearing them), but they are actually really pulling it together.  I managed to impress the cast, but I think that’s because I was doing push-ups between phrases.  Hey, with Zerbinetta you have to be prepared for lots of physical activity!  Even though I doubt they are going to seriously stage it.  It’ll probably be largely a “do whatever you want, just start here and end there” kind of thing.  Nothing that will really knock my breath out- but at least I should be prepared for next time.

SPEAKING OF BREATH.  This is amazing.  Tim Ferriss’s blog (one of my like top 3 favorite blogs in the whole world) teaches you how to hold your breath for ridiculously long times. I got to 3 minutes on my first (bumpy, not sure what to do) try, without even pushing myself until the last like 5 seconds.  (I wasn’t willing to try to really push, as the author had mentioned being fuzzy-headed for a couple days after, but I am curious if I could do better now that I get it…)  But like seriously, I didn’t even start wondering how long it had been til about 2:30.

I wonder what kind of implications this would have for singers.  I’m curious to try it but instead of holding my breath, trying to sustain a tone.  Of course normally in an opera one doesn’t get all that prep time to work up your breathing, but it could still be a really interesting thing to experiment with.

I’ll leave you with that thought.  Everyone have a great night!  See you soon.

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