February 15, 2013

On the Road

What a whirlwind couple of weeks. I calculated that in little more than 3 weeks I have sung in 10 different cities and took part in 5 different television shows in as many different countries. One weekend I was Friday in Paris, Saturday in Copenhagen, Sunday in Munich and then Tuesday Prague. Packed and unpacked my luggage more than 22 times and people around me invariably ask me “how do you manage?”

The answer is; discipline. The only way the human body can cope with this kind of stress is by resting at every available opportunity. Working out, intensively, is also a must as it gives the immune system a boost and the blood circulation revitalizes the body making it easier to get over fatigue. Diet is of course important and did I mention sleep? If there is one thing I cannot sing without is the latter. It is, apparently, scientifically proven that sleep is the only time when the “vocal” tract gets some real rest. Just staying quiet doesn’t have the same effect apparently.

Some folk point out that I manage to do this because of a “good technique.” But a good technique has to be there whether you are in a heavy schedule or not. I know of no singer who actually managed to last for longer than 5 years without a solid technique. Truth is that technique is only one part of the equation where vocal health is concerned. Rest, pacing oneself, the right repertoire and being surrounded by the “right” kind of people are just as important.

Last but not least no singer should be subjected to such a heavy schedule long term. Despite all precautions, discipline and good technique there will come a time when tiredness will start gaining on all the other factors….
Festina Lente!

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May 16th, 2016

Quo Vadis Eurovision and other stories

Malta did not win the Eurovision but lo and behold the sun still rose and the island (the center of the known universe) still spun…

My two cents is that Ira Losco gave a really good performance and that the whole presentation was excellent. She shouldn’t have performed cause she is pregnant? Come off it – I have performed repeatedly with pregnant opera singers well into their 7th and 8th month of pregnancy and trust me when I say that rehearsing and performing for a full opera production is much more physically demanding than a couple of days at the Eurovision. Of course there are those who know much better than the undersigned and who went on to say that the presentation was a tad “camp”…oh the irony when one considers that the Eurovision is the campest of them all.

Meanwhile, this wouldn’t be Malta and the Eurovision wouldn’t be the Eurovision unless its politicized to the exhaustible hilt. The inevitable “mud slinging competition,” which we will see a lot of in the coming 22 months, ensued and even yours truly (inexplicably) ended up in the midst of the fray, in yet another “supernova” in a tea cup. The Eurovision suddenly became an interchangeable bullet to be used ad nauseam by both sides much like bitter parents who use their innocent children during disputes.  I have always found sycophants interesting, even amusing but they will not be getting the much desired Streisand effect from me, thank you very much. It is part of human nature after all to conjure conspiracies and we are not going to let the simple truth get in the way of some exciting and convenient fiction.

Speaking of “conjuring” is it me or is a company advertising real estate using a chap “connected” with the tragic and unnecessary death of an underage girl? It must be a clone or a”doppleganger”, otherwise this would be the epitome of bad taste and a 100 shades of wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am all for “second chances” and all of that but shouldn’t there be due process first? After all Lisa Marie didn’t get a second chance did she?