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I owe reading and commenting to everyone, and I apologize for being so antisocial online. For what it's worth, I haven't been all that social offline either. Not from any bad cause--quite the contrary. Life's been interesting. Busy. This post is mostly to mark my place and say, "Still here! Really."



I started Speech-Level Singing lessons on Tuesday. It's a method that wasn't around twenty years ago when I last took voice lessons.

I spent half an hour with a very talented guy named Daniel Weiskopf making bizarre sounds ("Woof woof woof" in a Yogi Bear voice, f'rinstance), but also hitting notes that this contralto has never hit in her life. Like these ones:

Music staff with quarter notes up to high C

(I'm not saying these notes were musical. That's supposed to come later. It was me sort sort of shouting "FOO FOO FOO" and "BRRRRRRRRRRR". But frequencies in the 900-1000 Hz range were coming out of my larynx and it was seriously cool.)

I'm not aiming for soprano-hood, or even to take up singing again at all, really. This is all about vocal stamina, speaking range, and tone. But it's awesomely fun and strange, and I can't wait to go back.

And because I don't think spring 2012 is ever going to come to the Pacific Northwest, and I'm tired of my subdued living room, I've decided to redecorate it in some colors that came to me in a meditation. Here's the as-is:

Modern armchair in off-white leather against a gray-violet wall

and here's my quick-and-dirty GIMP-shopping of the proposed update:

Modern Chair with whimsical bird upholstery against a turquoise wall

I've been wanting to go Caribbean blue for a while now. I think it's finally time.



In other news, rain rain go away. And I'm seriously considering a tattoo.

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