Perhaps I was overzealous in my opening statement, though it is somewhat true. I find hybrids to be less than scintillating driving prospects. This Mercury Mariner Hybrid and its Ford Escape Hybrid cousin are mild exceptions to my rule – specifically for Denver.
The reason for this was that I mentioned something that you were almost certainly NOT thinking of. This immediately separated you, the reader,and me, the writer. I went from somebody who was gently guiding you into relaxation to somebody who was saying something that was absolutely not true in your world.
Use voice color. We call it vocal variety. What we don’t want is a black and white, bland, monotonous presentation. What we do want is the antithesis of monotony. Learn to whisper and to shout. Speed up and slow down. Pause. Pause some more. Use your entire vocal scale. Think of your voice as a fine Hip-Hop violin, oboe or clarinet. Make the tones alive and colorful.
“All the Old Showstoppers” by the New Pornographers: The pop band and singer A.C. Newman are in peak form on this song as well as on the entire Challengers album.
Well, because I’m a John Lennon fan, of course Paul McCartney too. Alt-J is someone we’ve gotten into recently. Of course, I’d love to see Tom Petty. Macklemore. Mumford & Sons is going to be great. This is my third year going and some guys in the band it’s our fourth year so I could go on and on.
Your kid’s music choice will not foisted upon him by clever marketing types in California. Nor will your child pick music solely to annoy you or get back at you for something. Instead of saying, “Don’t bother me”, you will be saying, “Little child, I feel fine.” It won’t be long before you will find that you and your child can come together in agreement on music. The Beatles for example.
Regardless of who you choose as an instructor, I’d highly recommend preparing for and auditioning for a local community orchestra. Our area has one, and many other mid-size to large communities do as well. You will need to be reasonably proficient to get in, but even if you aren’t quite ready yet, you can always work toward that and when the time comes, solicit feedback from the folks for whom you audition. Those usually aren’t high-stress environments, but they do stretch you at times and help you learn a lot!
The rest is up to the almighty and your lady love. If she rejects you after attempting all five of these, then do not worry. Either she will propose you herself or this is not a good time for you. Because she is not made for you.