New Year’s Revolutions


Difficulty is the fertilizer of the bonsai tree of achievement –says Mister Tim

The planetoid I call ‘home’ has circled the star I call ‘Susan’ one more time, and almost a year to the day after I wrapped up my last stint as Voice Council Vocal Coach in Residence I’m back – and as excited as ever to hear and comment on great singers!

A lot happens in 365 days, but far more does not happen.

Years are full of accomplishments, but also failures; milestones reached through effort and determination, but also missed opportunities; miraculous turns of events, but also great promises that fail to materialize.

The natural progression of events determines that nothing ever turns out exactly the way we hope, or dream, or plan.

There are simply too many forces at work, too many variations caused by influences we cannot control.

However, the changes to our original expectations are just as often good as they are bad!

I do not believe anyone has achieved something truly great without passing through experiences that are deeply, truly, soul-crushingly difficult.

But that is fine: we do not pursue great things because it is ‘fun,’ but to satisfy greater needs and longings, so periods of difficulty, discomfort, or disappointment are worth it because the reward we get later is so much greater.

To start our new year, some thoughts and suggestions:

* Difficulty is the fertilizer of the bonsai tree of achievement

* Don’t mistake movement for progress

* Don’t mistake confidence for knowledge, or talent, or expertise

* Embrace the things you can control as well as the things you cannot

* Never pass up the opportunity to use a trebuchet to hurl a piano

– Mister Tim

My Reactions To This Week’s Peer Review Vid

Lauren Tate – Speechless (cover)

Let’s start the young year with a young singer! Lauren, so much you are doing well! Big voice, big personality –truly excellent work. You display an ease of voice and of delivery far beyond your years. You have a collection of gestures, both vocal and physical, that often come across as learned but not understood. Think about the ways you move your hands, eyes, face, and voice, and make sure you are serving the song. Most basically, begin by deciding what you want to focus on while you sing: the camera, or a person, or someplace in the audience, and direct your energy there.

(also be sure to check out next week’s topic, which applies especially to young talented singers –like you.)

If you’re signed up to VoiceCouncil’s Peer-Review, you’ll be receiving unique coaching feedback from Mister Tim for the next 8 weeks. You can sign up now.

Mister Tim is a modern voice artist who respects the history of the vocal arts while not being afraid to push into new, uncharted territory. He artistic directs an eclectic array of vocal ensembles that range from traditional choral to cutting-edge, technology-based, ultra-modern vocal rock bands. A published composer, award-winning recording artist, and in-demand performer and teacher, Mister Tim is also a viral video star, sponsored kazoo player, and dedicated husband and father. He created and sings with 2010 Harmony Sweepstakes champions Plumbers of Rome, internet sensations moosebutter, beatbox online teachers and performers Mouth Beats, and all-original vocal band THROAT. He also tours with his solo vocal live-looping/beatbox shows.
www.mistertimdotcom.com and www.vocalitysingers.com

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