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Mar. 16th, 2013 | 01:40 am
location: home
mood: excitedexcited
music: fans and clocks

So I found this article by Cathy Elliott, my old forum leader..


"Possibilities between people require a space in which to create" - yes they do.. and a space requires completion of whatever is filling that space already. Completion of those things that may have been held on to for a long time now.

"When we experience things as being complete, it’s a state change, from being a character in a story to being the space in which the stories occurs—to being the author, as it were" - the experience of being complete is something I have been missing for some time. It has happened, but I can't say it was me who produced it. It was produced more due to happy circumstance than my active pursuit. And certainly not produced from an intention to complete things as part of being complete.

"When we shift the locus of our dissatisfaction and complaints from something that exists “out there,” to something that’s located “in” what we are saying (language), what’s possible shifts." - in other words .. complaints exist in language. They exist in memory. They don't exist out there in the world. Change the language and the complaint can disappear. What's possible shifts.

"Being satisfied is not a feeling later labeled with the word “satisfaction,” rather it is a commitment, a stand we’re taking for that possibility." - being, not having. Be, Do, Have. Not the usual human viewpoint of Have, Do, Be - once I have money (car, house, health, partner, etc etc) I can do things that make me happy, then I'll be happy. Turn it around: Being happy, I will do things that happy people do, then I'll have happiness.

I forgot the importance of language.. and the importance of having people who understand that language.

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Tongue and Jaw in Singing

Mar. 5th, 2009 | 02:08 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

I have a bad habit of pushing the back of my tongue down in order to transition from chest voice. I've had it for so long that it feels "normal". But it interferes with my singing in many ways - it gets me out of chest voice too early, and it makes it impossible to get a natural sounding mix or head voice.

So last lesson my teacher was working on this. He also worked on my jaw as well, but it wasn't until recently that I realized why. It turns out that when I lift my tongue out of my throat and stop pressing down with it, I have a tendency to lock my jaw forward. And when I make my jaw go back down, I have a tendency to push my tongue down as well. So both of these must be worked on together.

After this realization, I started keeping my tongue out of the way, but [b]only[/b] just enough. Not so much that my jaw started coming up. And with my jaw, I let it sit down and back a little, but didn't try to push it down, which would have my tongue push down. And finally I found it, a free and powerful mixed voice!

The real test is if I can find it tomorrow.. I will be very happy if I can!

The requirements:
- Jaw must be relaxed, and must move down a little as the resonance moves up (for me this starts around Bb below middle C).
- Tongue must not interfere. It must stay in the same place

And how to fulfil these:
- For the jaw, move it around a bit while singing scales. Let it drop a bit as you sing upwards. Not too far, just enough that the resonance stays strong without needing the tongue or outer larynx muscles to "help".
- For the tongue, I picture my voice as staying in the same place. When my tongue pushes down, I can feel some kind of movement in my voice. To stop it from doing this, I picture it as not making that move.

The exercises: "gee" and "nay". "Gee" is great for connecting, and "nay" helps with finding the right spot for the resonance change. I've noticed that after "gee" is working properly, I can jump straight into "mum" and it also works.

Edit: My jaw may need to drop as early as Ab below middle C actually, to maintain total freedom. More investigation is needed.

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House hunting

Feb. 26th, 2009 | 06:57 pm
location: Singapore
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
music: The Tom and Jerry Show

We've been house hunting for a while now, our intention being to take advantage of the $26k grants and stamp duty savings for building a new home. So I've decided to archive a bit of our hunting here.

We have now decided on Metricon as the builder. We had been choosing between the Newhaven 33 and the Riva 33 but have settled on the Riva for 2 reasons - It's cheaper up front (by $18k) and it needs a smaller block, further reducing land costs. The total savings come to something like $30k for the Riva over the Newhaven.

We are now in the final stages of choosing land, focusing on stage 12 of Renaissance Rise. Once we've chosen the land we can be a bit more relaxed about choosing the house. The difficulty of course is that the land must suit the house, but having chosen the house we are in a position to choose land that suits.

Finally we can relax! At least after we've sorted the land ..

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Music Flash cards

Nov. 5th, 2008 | 04:08 pm
location: Singapore
mood: happypleasantly surprised

I stumbled upon this very useful site today. It has a great collection of music flash cards, which are exactly what I was looking for. They're good enough to have their own journal entry I think.

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More pics

Oct. 18th, 2008 | 04:03 pm
location: Penang

Here's a variety of pictures taken in Penang. Click twice to get the slightly larger uploaded picture.

Gisele and Jia Sin playing.

Jia Sin was very photogenic that day

More night pictures..

With the aid of "continuous shooting" mode, I got some nice pics of Gisele today.

Gisele endorses "Messy hair" shampoo.


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