Singing – What is it For?


Enjoy your music…apart from the video view count –says Mister Tim

My time as Voice Council’s Vocal Coach in Residence has come to an end!

I’ve enjoyed hearing so much good singing, and I’ve been inspired by so many musicians taking positive risks, putting themselves out on a public forum out of a sincere desire to improve.

A New Definition of Success

As I leave, I hope above all else that you will keep singing.

There’s always the very elusive dream that we will become exceptionally famous, or rich, or powerful because of our singing.

Hopefully, we do not sing for those reasons.

We can derive joy from the simple act of singing. We can separate our enjoyment of music making from competition wins, or video view count, or attention from friends or family.

We can find (or rediscover) joy in singing simply for the sake of making music, from sharing great music with an audience, regardless of size.

There is satisfaction to be found from singing great music, regardless of our personal or professional aspirations.

Treasure the personal joy and growth that comes from singing, and you have succeeded.

Keep singing!

My Reactions to This Week’s Peer Review Vids

John Hall – Never My Love (acoustic cover)
Bravo, John! Great to hear you singing, even if you have performance anxiety. Nice rendition of the song, and nice use of the VoiceLive 2 for harmonies. I like the feel of the song, a very nice performance. The harmonies fit very well with the song. I would like to hear you sing without the harmonies (and pitch correct?) but it works with this song. You could play with the settings on the VL2 to make it sound less mechanical.

Elisha Jordan – White Christmas

Lovely, lovely rendition of this song. You have a wonderful, rich tone, coupled with excellent control throughout your range. Really pleasant to listen to. The only thing that detracts from your performance is your tendency to end phrases with a strong exhalation of breath, sometimes it sound almost like a grunt. These bursts of air are so audible that it distracts from what is otherwise a smooth performance. Sometimes you inhale instead of making that noise… can you do that all the time?

-Mister Tim

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Mister Tim is the mastermind behind more than a dozen award-winning a cappella groups, including 2010 Harmony Sweepstakes champions Plumbers of Rome, internet sensations moosebutter, beatbox quartet Mouth Beats, and all-original vocal bands VoxBom and THROAT. He is a published composer and arranger, a dedicated teacher, and a solo artist, most recently with his solo vocal live looping show “Vocal Magic.” He was a headline performer in the Las Vegas Strip production of “Toxic Audio,” is in demand for speciality corporate music projects, and is an active educator, coach, and clinician. mistertimdotcom.com