I have been thinking about starting singing lessons. I’ve always liked to sing, I do love music, but I’ve had some difficulties with my voice.
It doesn’t come out right. Or not the way I’d like to.
The other difficulty is the question of what music I should sing. What kind of music suits my voice, which is quite husky, thanks to heavy smoking and liking of whiskey when I was younger. Nowadays I prefer red wine to whiskey and it is gentler to my voice.
My voice hasn’t become any mellower though.
As for my voice I could easily imitate Janis Joplin, but I haven’t the power and strength Janis got, only the same hoarseness and the same liking to whiskey.
I’m afraid my limited range in notes (high and low) makes some demands to the music I’m able to sing. I can easily picture myself singing like Julie London, with a small, sensually rasping voice in a smoky bar, although I don’t share anything in common with Julie.
Not even the looks.
I’ve got so many questions without answers and that’s why I’d like to start singing lessons. I’d like to know should I sing evergreens by George Gershwin or should I stick to jazz-standards and ad lib (that’s really convenient –no need to panic if you’d happen to forget the words!). Maybe a singing teacher could answer me? They are professionals, aren’t they? At least they are being paid for trying to make singers out of pure amateurs.
People go to aerobic lessons, they do yoga, and they paint porcelain for hobby. They take piano lessons and they do ikebana.
I’ve never heard about anybody who sings for a hobby. Showers are for singing, karaoke too, but I don’t want to perform to a bunch of drunken friends in a pub and my skin is so dry I can’t take long enough showers.
And I want to sing.
So, maybe next autumn, I’ll start a new hobby. Let it pour, let it thunder, I don’t mind. I’m going to force the song from my heart out in the blue (or the grey sky).
And while waiting for the rainy season I must learn how to upload videos to youtube…