It has been a while since I last wrote a blog post. I have not been necessarily too busy to write, but I have had other things going on that took importance over writing last month. Additionally, on the language study side of the blog I ran into a rather large roadblock that took most of the last two months away from me. More on that later, because I want to begin with the more exciting things that have been going on vocally in my life.
It always amuses me when things from two different areas of life come together. This has been the case over the last few years of me re-training my voice. I wen to a Christian college and a common expression on campus was "God's will, God's time." I've always liked the phrase as it give some perspective to the fact that our plans for our life are ultimately not our own, but God's. This has taught me much about patience in the last decade or so since I came back to my Christian faith. Anyway, early on when I began to study with JRL he said to me that when my coordination was there, the high notes would come "very fast." In my pride, I had assumed that since I had already been studying singing for ten years, this "very fast" meant only a couple of years at most. As the two year marked went by, I became slightly discouraged, but remembered my college days and gave up my own timeline for that of God's. Now, as I near in on almost four years of study with Ron, I have finally had the experience he was talking about. In the last two months I have gone from struggling with notes just above the staff to singing comfortably (in a practice room) up to at least E-flat above high C on a daily basis, even when sick!
The key to vocal development, which so many of my peers seem to miss out on, is that it takes time and patience. I have family members and friends who consistently inform me that I need to start a career in case this singing thing doesn't work out. I've never given this any real thought or merit because I have known for a long time now that I am a singer and my career will be in singing. I am not in a rush to make this career happen, because I know it will happen when I am ready for it to happen. I have already seen this beginning this year. A couple of weeks ago I made my professional debut with a local company, and I am of the belief that work leads to more work. In addition, I have two auditions coming up in a few weeks which I am very optimistic about because of this new found security I have in my voice. If nothing else, I am sure that I will be able to at least learn and sing through one or two roles this summer with the Kashu-do studio. I am moving forward and already beginning to look forward to next season's auditions.
Now, the language side of things. It occurs to me that Spanish is a large stumbling block for me. It's not that the language is terribly difficult or anything like that. It is just a demoralizing language for me because of my time spent with it in high school. I did not have the money available at the beginning of this year to go buy the materials I usually use for language learning. So, due to this and the fact that I have a pretty solid foundation in Spanish, I have decided to only use LingQ for my Spanish learning. It has been a very slow process, but I am beginning now to really focus more. I picked up French in about eight months and I am hoping to be able to do something similar with Spanish. I would like to get my known words level in Spanish higher than in French, as this was not something I accomplished with German. We shall see what happens.