Browsing Archive: August, 2012

DailySing - 209 (8.30.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Friday, August 31, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
As I listen to tonight's playback, I can hear the progress I've made in the choices I make in the recording.

I feel the vulnerability of coming up with a slammin' solo every single time the opportunity calls for it! I am too aware of every single flicker or lack of solidity in a note, to get cocky. That beautiful journey I've ensnared the audience to take with me can all come crashing down with the utterance of one single faltering note.

But I do have exhuberance, and I can feel it in all of th...
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DailySing - 208 (8.29.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Thursday, August 30, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
I've had a wondrous day, full of wondrous experiences, from the tastes, scents, and sensually rich sounds to the sobering daily reminders of my mortality. Ok, maybe not wondrous, but still a damn good day rooted as it was, in the appreciation of the mundane.

The vitality I felt was transfered to the music I sang. With gusto and fervor didst I enter the funky realm of VP (Vocal Percussion), bass grooves and syncopation!

I felt tonight's division of time was in 2 eight minute segments instead of ...
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DailySing - 207 (8.28.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
I tried singing without relying on the BP I usually use as rhythmic accompaniment and felt hamstrung the whole time. 

It was fun to give validity and gravitas to whatever came out of my mouth without my built in backbeat. The different sections within the jam were more varied as I looked for ways to fill out the bottom. I explored a rhythmically based variation on the melody, I changed the rhythm almost as often as I changed musical sections. Of course, there was no other choice but to explore...
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DailySing - 206 (8.27.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Today I had the luxury of beng home and I took advantage by singing on the balcony during this most beautiful afternoon.

This tune came out that comes around accasionally, and instead of trying to go somewhere new and different, I stuck with it and discovered different and new ways to playwith, stretch, invert, modulate and dance around the main melodic idea.It was quite the learning experience, and I felt re-energized!

I had a good time, and I can hear it in the playback. 

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DailySing - 205 (8.26.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Monday, August 27, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
I sang outside several times during the day today. It was sublime. The ideas wouldn't stop coming and they were as varied as they were exciting! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to use these opportunities to do my DailySing.

Now, at the end of the day when I have the time, the energy, drive, creativity and will are fading fast. I think about my BFF at times like these and try to forge on.

This singing session felt like I was just going through the motions, although when I feel like this, just singi...
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DailySing - 204 (8.23.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Friday, August 24, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Free fall...! That's what tonight's session felt like

Once I had a theme, or recurring melodic pattern, it was off to the races. I spent all of my singing time playing with variations on the main theme, as well as ideas of a less traditional nature. 

Rhythm played a huge part in my creative process for this session. I used radically opposing rhythms to define different musical sections, as well as to change the mood and atmosphere of the ongoing jam.

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DailySing - 203 (8.22.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Thursday, August 23, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Tonight, I sat in contemplation before beginning to sing. I was contemplating the source or root of the sounds that come through me, and how my emotions have a decided effect on what comes out of me.

I read the account of a young woman at VixCamp, a bass and nature camp, who was recounting her inner journey as her body was walking through the woods, blindfolded, homing in on the sound of a distant drumbeat By the time she was close to the drum and felt a hand on her arm to help her sit in a ci...
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DailySing - 202 (8.21.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
I appreciate that feeling of blank unknowing that preceeds the exhalation into sound, that accompanies that first step off of the cliff... into the magnificent unknown.

My level of trust in myself and that intangible creative spirit, is such that the thought of falling flat on my face never looms, at least not the way it used to. I am so energized and at one when I'm grooving in the pocket or when I'm allowing creation to flow through me, that my joy suffuses everything else and there is no ti...
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DailySing - 201 (8.20.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Tonight's DailySing was a beeline journey where I went from one rhythm to another, morphing the melodic phrase to fit. I consciously looked for ways to jump to new ideas, instead of coming back to a common phrase to tie them all together.

I went with my strengths and didn't focus on working on my weak points. Instead whatever served the music was at the root of all motivation (as it should be).

Using that strategy, I wound up in some interesting place musically speaking. I found old melodic ide...
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DailySing - 200 (8.19.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Monday, August 20, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
A pretty joyous weekend led to the sounds that were generated tonight...

I wanted to have tonight's musical journey be interesting enough to a listener, that they would pay to see me create in front of their eyes. I think I had some moments tonight that worked very well, and while I could occasionally catch a weak transition, the overall effect wasn't bad. I was entertained while listening to the playback.

I starts off rather gently, then I added a soft backbeat while I expanded on the main mel...
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DailySing - 199 (8.17.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Saturday, August 18, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
The mood when I began tonight was romantic, but that changed as many more moods were discovered along my musical journey. Some interesting experiments in tonality, but I always stay in the same modality so it feels flat and similar to me, no matter how clever or innovative I am with the soundscape.

Toward the middle of tonight's journey, I went in another funkier musical direction. It was lighter in feeling and playful.
Toward the very end I even played with inventing lyrics in French. It was e...
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DailySing - 198 (8.16.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Friday, August 17, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Tonight's DailySing is for my BFF, because she's keeping me engaged... 
Engaged with my Self
Engaged with my Word
Engaged with Meaning
Engaged with my Values
Engaged with fitting my Place in this big wide world
... Engaged with Life!

Tonight, I started with freestyle then wound up with an idea that's been coming around my consciousness since before 2006. I mined the freestyle as much as I was able, then mined the ideas of the other piece to death.

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DailySing - 197 (8.15.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Thursday, August 16, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Tonight's DailySing was a tentative return to keeping my pact with myself.

I've been frustrated! Everything I do sounds the same lately, and yet through this process, I realize that I am learning to really mine a musical idea for all it's worth. 

 One of my goals is to be able to start a riff, go through its pattern, create some variations... then, after a bridge and a re-establishment of the main riff, launch into a Grateful Dead style exploration that has cohesion and depth, until coming back...

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DailySing - 195 (8.13.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Tonight, the flow was there, the feelings too, but I fell asleep while singing. In listening to the playback, I can hear myself go out of tune as I fade.

The beginning of the session sounds great, but after 6 mns, I get loopy... then I stop making any sound.... then the faint susuration of snoring can be heard.

Need I say more?

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DailySing - 194 (8.12.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Monday, August 13, 2012,
I'm just back from an event called Family Camp in the Santa Cruz mountains... where I led about 120 people singing sacred chants, exploring beatboxing, vocal percussion, and vocal improv among the redwoods. It was AWESOME!!! My heart is sooooo full!

...So why am I having discontent and resentment around continuing my DailySing practice? Why do I get this feeling, after a long day that I couldn't be bothered? This is my thing, right? It's what I do, so what's the problem?

I am looking at this th...
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DailySing - 186 (8.4.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Sing outside....!

In a park, by the river, along the street, at the beach, by a waterfall, on a hike in the mountains, near a stream, on your back porch, on the front stoop, and any other place you happen to be.

Every place on this planet has a feel to it, a resonance. It's that hushed feeling you get in a grove of redwoods that feels like church, or the smile that bubbles out of you under a waterfall. These resonances can be felt sensed and interpreted by us, if we slow down enough in our dail...
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DailySing - 185 (8.3.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Saturday, August 4, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
Tonight's session was created from a snipet of a sound... Tooky-tooky!

A funky little groove surrounded my "tooky-tooky" sound at first. Then I added a percussive bridge before coming back to "tooky-tooky". By now, chest claps are my snare drum, and I start soloing in my upper register, sometimes on a jazz riff, sometimes on a 6/8 bell or clave, and even around Nayabengi. I call it the "We Will Rock You" rhythm.

Towards the end of the jam, I played with polyrhythms by combining VP with BP durin...
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DailySing - 184 (8.2.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Friday, August 3, 2012,
During tonight's DailySing, I reached new depths in "allowing" while remaining alert. 

I was literally trying to BE the music, BE the improv, BE the VP rhythms. 

Allowing myself to see the music from the inside as I sing it and bring it into reality was an exercise in duality.

I lost track of time and sang for 16mns.

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DailySing - 183 (8.1.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Thursday, August 2, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
I thought I'd try something different tonight and actually sing while playing another instrument, other than my body.
I used a flower pot or planter with a hole smaller than the body for the tabla-like sound. My mind wandered while I did this and I thought of a duet between voice and bass.

I also soloed and used long drawn out notes over highly rhythmic percussion. At other times, using my voice, I played rhythmic counterpoint to the fake tabla.

My explorations were often in an entirely differen...
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DailySing - 182 (7.31.2012)

Posted by Emile Dyer on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, In : Daily Sing 
In order to change a result, you have to do things differently. To get a different result when doing vocal improv, one needs to set up parameters, or a structure before proceeding.

Tonight, I decided, no rhythmic component, which meant no VP, and no BP. I may have slipped once or twice and put some stank on it, but just for a couple of seconds. The whole thing sounded like a ballad, but with no swelling violins in the background.

It worked! The end result was much different from what I usually ...

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If you can talk, you can sing

Emile Hassan Dyer I believe that singing is our birthright, and that it is good for our brains, bodies, and spirit. Singing releases oxytocin in the brain, and many studies have shown a correlation of oxytocin with human bonding, increases in trust, feelings of calmness and security, as well as reductions in anxiety. In other words, SINGING IS GOOD FOR YOU! I get high making up music on the spot. I get high(er) when I can do it with several people at once. There's nothing like riding the crest of a creative wave, linked harmonically and rhythmically, supporting, leading, following, creating, coaxing, cajoling, p-l-a-y-i-n-g... THAT'S MY BLISS! Singing for 15 minutes a day means trusting yourself. It means clearing your mind, opening up and discovering what sounds can come out through you, if you allow it. To listen to each of my daily sings, click on the "songs" link on the left in the grey field above the most recent post or on the link at the end of each post.


My DailySing practice is inspired by Will Hewett's Sing15 practice.

You can learn more about Sing15 at www.willhewett.com.


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