Tag: singing

Watch me sing three songs at my writer-in-residence reception

I’m well into my term as writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library. For my official welcoming reception on October 8, I of course read and talked about being writer-in-residence–but I also sang three songs, accompanied by Deborah Buck: “Me” from Beauty and the Beast, “In a Very Unusual Way” from Nine, and “I Sit Beside …

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Successful poetry book launch, complete with music!

I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust officially launched on Saturday night, with a great event attending by thirty-five people or so, in the basement of The Artesian on 13th (a former church converted into a theatre). There’s been one great review of the book so far. Shelley A. Leedahl, herself a Saskatchewan poet, writes: “Prolific …

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Choral music and me, with links to actual music!

I’ve sung choral music all my life. Growing up in the Church of Christ, every Sunday morning and Sunday night and Wednesday night, I was singing hymns and gospel songs, a cappella. I started as a boy soprano, sang alto for a while, switched to tenor for about a year, and then settled into the bass-baritone …

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Merry Christmas: me singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

Here’s a holiday treat (at least, I hope it’s a treat): me singing “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” at Christmas Crackers 2015, the annual holiday revue of The Golden Apple Theatre here in Regina. It was a great evening all the way around, and this was my small contribution to it. Enjoy, and Merry …

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I finish a play…and sing of Saskatchewan

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been writing a play, tentatively titled The Piano Bench: A Love Story with Evening and Ghosts. Today I finished the draft script, which I’ll be passing on the fine folks at Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, which I hope will be staging the play (with me directing it) this fall. Since it’s …

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To mark the first day of winter…

A picture-perfect Saskatchewan winter day, and a song! (In lieu of a longer blog post, because too much pre-Christmas running around for that.) Enjoy! Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

The Way You Look Tonight, Edward Willett version

Playing with new audio software today at the same time I was picking out a song for an audition tonight, I made the recording below of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” from the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie Swing Time. It won’t make anyone forget Fred Astaire’s version, or Tony Bennett’s …

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Sing, sing a song…

I’ve sung all my life, in church, in choirs, and on-stage, both just for fun and professionally. And through all those years, I’ve heard music teachers say anyone can learn to sing…and the occasional person who counterclaims (and through their singing seems to support the statement) that, well, no, they can’t. So…who’s right? In “Singing …

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Embarrassment

[podcast]https://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/upLoads//2011/04/Embarrassment.mp3[/podcast] Some people are easily embarrassed. Some, not so much. I, for example, have no problem at all singing in public. (Here’s proof!). That’s not true for everyone. Which is why, I guess, that researchers studying the neurological basis of embarrassment recently chose to trigger embarrassment by making people listen to recordings of themselves singing. …

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Steamed-Rice Mommy’s Coming to Town

While looking for something entirely different in my computer files (The Mixed-Up Files of Edward C. Willett, which would be a great title for a book if someone hadn’t already kind of gotten there first), I came across this audio recording from a couple of years ago, when my daughter was seven. Ladies and gentlemen, …

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Biddle-dee-diddle-dee-dee!

Well, that was fun. By “that,” I mean the process of getting this new computer up and running to my satisfaction. Yes, the new monitor arrived last week, and I spent a few happy (well, mostly happy) hours with plug-ins and cables and drives (oh, my!), losing hours of productivity in order to get a …

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Me, singing “Me”

While setting up my video last week for the virtual classroom visits-by-authors I was part of, I had the urge to give my microphone a good test by singing. So I recorded one of my party pieces, “Me” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The result pleased me enough I decided to YouTube it…and here …

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