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Singing in isolation, Part III

Singing in isolation,
Part III

This week it’s been tough to stay on track. I’m trying to be patient and compassionate with myself, because I realize that what I am feeling is grief. A student sent me a link to an article on this very topic, and I cried when I read it; I knew that this was exactly what I was experiencing…

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Singing in isolation, part II

Singing in isolation, part II

At first I didn’t really want to sing at all. I couldn’t bear the routine of it, for one (the seeming “drudgery” of practice). But there was also the seeming futility of it. What good would it do anyone? And besides, I had no desire to investigate much beneath the surface. But this week, I began…

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Singing in isolation

Singing in isolation

Three Decembers: My abandoned project The world feels a lot different this week than it did last, doesn't it? COVID-19 being declared a pandemic has sent many of us into a tailspin. Things that seemed secure are no longer givens. What might have been considered...

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Buried treasure

Buried treasure

Treasure in unexpected places (Photo: Kimberly Barber, 2020) This week I've been investigating what happens if I expect less and feel more. I've been willing to look into the dark corners of imperfection with the bright light of attention and discover where useful...

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That’s how the light gets in

The cracks are where the light gets in (photo: Kimberly Barber, 2020) Hats off to Leonard Cohen. His "Anthem" has been ringing in my head this week as I think about all the many ways that singing can help us to shine a light into our darkness. Endeavouring to sing...

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Upending the Practice

Upending the Practice

At the beginning of this week when I met with my students for our usual Monday group lesson (another teaching paradigm that Westney praises for its horizontal and experiential learning possibilities), we talked about ways we might turn around our practice. We talked about paying attention to the experience of it and challenging ourselves to be more experimental and playful, rather than being focused on routines and results…

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The Beauty of Imperfection

The Beauty of Imperfection

The walls lead somewhere good (Celestun, 2020) We're hooked on being perfect. We filter our photos (especially our selfies). We pay big money for all kinds of "beauty" interventions--eyelash extensions, fake eyebrows (guilty!), peels, botox (just a little...

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Heart Matters

Heart Matters

My heart in my hand (photo: Kimberly Barber 2020) Well, it's Valentine's Day, and what better time to think about matters of the heart? The stuff of the heart has been themed on these pages before. No surprise, since singing is so connected to emotion--indeed, I would...

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The Gift of You

The Gift of You

Recently I participated in a workshop with the wonderful Leigh Graham, founder of https://fitforthestage.com . This highly experiential workshop consisted of many elements, but one of the biggest takeaways was something she calls “State as a Gift”. That is, centring in on the gift we wish to give as an artist to our audience.

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Fear of Exposure

Fear of Exposure

Kimberly Barber, January 2020 We're in the Deep Freeze in Canada at the moment. In some parts of the country, exposed flesh can freeze in a matter of seconds. No wonder we are afraid of exposure... As artists (and ordinary humans) we are afraid of outing ourselves in...

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"Someday we will gather again, for a concert, a play or a ballet."

We're loving this bit of writing by Canadian maestro Gordon Gerrard, conductor for Regina Leader-Post:

https://t.co/5eOiX1SWdl

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