I had my first lesson in quite a while this past Friday with Jean-Ronald LaFond. My lesson this time around was one of discovery and great advancement for my part. During the course of the lesson I felt myself singing in a way I never had before and I liked it. It was a great experience for me and we even talked about me doing auditions in the fall if I can get a few more things to line up vocally. Since I've been home, I have continued to work with the new concepts I was given and can employ them fairly well in my vocalises (at least I think I do), however I am struggling to put these things through into my repertoire work. This is especially frustrating since I was singing so well at my lesson. I chalk up my difficulties to the fact that I am not in front of JRL receiving guidance as I am singing. I will ultimately figure out how to incorporate and synthesize these concepts into my singing and know that if I continue with the work ethic I have been developping that I will be fine.
Linguistically, however, is a different story. I have had a rough couple of weeks with my language learning time. This is mainly due to a largely increased workload at my actual job which results in less time for study. I am hoping that things will slow back down to normal at work next week and that I will be able to get back to my normal routine, otherwise I am going to have to find a new time to study. This is very frustrating to me because I was on such a good pace with German and now I feel as though I have skidded to a stop. Luckily I still do manage to get in at least a little time with the language, mostly my Michel Thomas recordings. Again my mantra is, as always: Slow and steady wins the race.