How to Sing Backup Vocals

You want to be the big singing hero, the big lead vocals of your singing group or your rock band. Do not forget that the Backup vocalists are the unsung heroes of music. Their job looks simple enough, sure but to do it well requires plenty of observation and practice. They are the ones that makes the lead vocals sounds even better.

Backup vocals can be challenging at first, but there are some ways you can make your backup vocal performance shine. Try these helpful tips:

  • Watch & Listen
  • Learn to Harmonize
  • Blend In
  • Perfect Your Phrasing

That’s the top 4 tips on how you can be the best backup vocals! You can read the details below.

Tip 1: Watch & Listen

You will need to listen to the band play in order to fully support and back them up. One particular thing that you have to notice is their energy level, volume and common notes.

Listening and watching them will make you familiar with their style and you can jump right in.

Tip 2: Learn to Harmonize

You have to sound as part of the main voice. Blend in and harmonize. Lead vocalist and backup vocalist must produce a smooth sound. Take note though that it takes more than blending of voice in order to harmonize. It basically means singing complementary notes with other singers.

Once you’re able to harmonize effectively, you can start working on blending in with the lead vocalist during songs.

Tip 3: Blend In

Let the lead vocalist stay in the lime light. All the backup vocals need to do is blend it and makes the whole sound perfect. A backup singer should not be the center of attention.

You should know when to stop and start singing along with the lead vocalist. In order to do this, make sure that you can see his face clearly so you can see the signals and facial expressions. Position yourself on the state where you can watch the lead vocalist for cues.

This way, blending it should not be that much problem.

Tip 4: Perfect Your Phrasing

Proper phrasing is a big part of being a successful backup vocalist. You have to sound a lot like the lead

singer in order to blend in and not distract from the lead vocals. You can do this by matching the lead singer’s phrasing.

Some sounds, like ‘S’, naturally stand out when spoken or sung. To avoid an overly sibilant sound, try leaving off the S’s when you sing backup. For example, if you would normally sing, ‘Sally saw something sad,’ you could instead sing ‘-ally -aw -omething -ad.’

This technique might sound funny at first, but it comes across well during live performances and recordings. It works with any harsh-sounding letter.

As you can see, there’s more to being a backup vocalist than meets the ear. Just take your time and practice as much as you can. Remember that your voice is an instrument that helps the band produce beautiful music.

That’s all there is to it! It can be very rewarding to see the group’s performance applauded by the audience knowing that you, the backup vocalist played a big part of getting it!

Source by Jacaranda Flagg

Five Welsh Rock Bands You Should Know About

1. Super Furry Animals

Super Furry Animals were a psychedelic band with an electronic twist who enjoyed mainstream success in the 1990s and 2000s. The mix of musicians from North and South Wales all coming together in Cardiff resulted in a frenzy of musical shapes and directions with influences from the Beach Boys to Pink Floyd and dozens of others in between.

Raucous gigs, incoherent utterings and a touch of madness make them the greatest Welsh band of all time. Debut album Fuzzy Logic and two other early albums Radiator and Guerilla should not be missed.

2. Badfinger

Originally called The Iveys and the first band to sign to the Beatles Apple label, Swansea based Badfinger evolved during the 1960s. They created their best music around 1969 to 1971 and could be listed here on the strength of just one song, Without You. It is one of the most beautiful and poignant ever written about love lost. They did write other great songs including No Matter What and Baby Blue but legal disputes effectively ruined them.

Deep tragedy was to touch the band in the following years. On the 24 April 1975, band member Pete Ham committed suicide by hanging himself. Eight years later and unable to cope with his friend’s death, fellow band member and songwriting partner Tommy Evans also hung himself.

3. Catatonia

Catatonia were a1990s Cardiff based band, fronted by the talented singer songwriter Cerys Matthews and fellow songwriter and guitarist Mark Roberts. Great lyrics wrapped around catchy tunes gave this band mainstream success.

Probably best know for the pop singles Mulder and Scully and Road Rage, all three 1990s studio albums Way Beyond Blue, International Velvet and Equally Cursed and Blessed are all worth a listen.

4. The Soft Hearted Scientists

This Cardiff based psychedelic band is little known but should be world famous. They have released around half a dozen albums without commercial success but great critical acclaim.

Their sound invokes the spirit of Syd Barrett with 60s bands such as The Byrds. But they are not entirely 60s obsessed; their lyrics can be sad, inspiring, sarcastic or biting, usually set in a modern machine world that you feel is not to their liking.

5. Race Horses

Race Horses, originally from Aberystwyth but now Cardiff based, are a lively indie-pop/psychedelic band. Their two albums Goodbye Falkenburg and Furniture are full of energy and quirky humour and their live performances can be special. Hopefully we will hear a lot more from this lesser known outfit in the future.

Source by Mark Dylan Goddard

The History Of Classical Music

When kids go to music class in school, they often do not understand why it is important for them to study the history of classical music. The truth is that, although it may sound vastly different, classical music is the basis on which all other popular music has been built. Without it, we would not have all of the many genres that we enjoy listening to today.

The roots of classical music can actually be found in early Christian music, which takes many of its influences from ancient Greek music. The Greeks created instruments such as the aulos and the lyre, which led to many of the instruments found in contemporary orchestras. Unfortunately, there is not a great deal of music from the early period of classical music still available.

The Renaissance period, which took place between 1400 and 1600, was marked by more instrumentation than the past. In fact, the music of this period is the first time that bass instruments were introduced into the compositions. This is also the time in which musical notation was developed, allowing generations to come the opportunity to enjoy the compositions that were written at the time.

The period of music beginning in 1905 and leading up to the present is known as modernism. This period is generally known for rejecting all of the conventions set up during the previous musical periods. During this time, artists developed new music theory and techniques for various instruments. Many of these developments have made their way out of classical music and into the mainstream tunes that people listen to every day.

Classical music may not be as appealing to the modern day ear as other genres, but it is important for everyone to know its history. Classical music set up all of the conventions and tools that were necessary to create music as we know it today. If someone listens carefully, they will be able to hear its influences in all of their favorite songs.

Source by Wes Hagan

Opera Browser – Pros and Cons

*Opera: The Pros*

Opera’s browser is light-weight and well-built. The download and program size is much smaller than IE, and it offers multiple ways to improve the speed. It’s newest version, 10.00, is the fastest yet. The Opera browser now offers a Turbo mode that compresses pictures as webpages load, which is perfect for dial-up and poor wifi connection users. Even high speed services can benefit from faster page loading at times. This browser is, and has been, considered one of the most secure browsers available. Opera has the unique advantage of being little known. Virus and hacking threats and techniques that are made to attack personal computers are targeted towards the most used browser: Internet Explorer. Since Opera is lesser known, it is safe from the majority of attacks.

Some of the new unique features you cannot find on Internet Explorer include visual tabs (changing the tabs into thumbnails of webpages, also, a preview of the site available when hovered over), and a moveable tab bar (can be moved the the left, right, or bottom of the page). Speed dial, a growing popular feature for browsers is a long time feature that has yet to be available on Internet Explorer. Speed dial is a page that opens with a new tab or can be set to open in place of a home page. It offers thumbnails (now in customizable numbers and other option) of favorite websites for one-click access. There are a large variety of features and benefits that would be difficult to discuss every one, but Opera by far highly exceeds in being customizable and convenient.

As far as speed and security, Opera, like any browser has these issues as a top priority and continually improves these areas. Opera has a the benefit of being little known and therefore has less security threats to overcome. When it comes to improving speed, Opera takes the cake. Not only have they had a long standing feature to handle image loading for faster speeds (and security), Opera now offers the “Turbo Mode” which is excellent for dial-up and other slow connections. Its a compression tool that chows down on page loading time. You can even set it up to automatically detect slow connections and turn on when needed! This is far beyond where any browser has tread.

*Opera: The Cons*

Quite simply, IE is integrated with the operating system. It’s already installed on the computer, so your computer will download the latest version, patches, and any other related tool for you, providing you use automatic updates. Opera is a separate company, so downloading is necessary. For slow connections, downloading this program could be difficult and you may have problems getting it downloaded.

Also, Opera is simply different. People who do not need many bells and whistles and don’t use the Internet very often may not see the need for another browser or all of it’s features. Handy helpful shortcuts may simply be a confusing hassle to someone who is not accustomed to new features, like mouse gestures (allows you to move forward, back, open new tabs, etc., by clicking and moving the mouse).

In all, Opera is perfect for people who need a faster browser and use the Internet and computers frequently. They will have no problems using or downloading Opera and may prefer it to Internet Explorer for some of the features listed here, and others. Internet Explorer continues to do well to be a solid, user-friendly browser for amateur users and those who don’t want to change to another.

Source by Daisy Montegor

Bliss: Spiritual Experiences

First Experience:

Soft notes of music drift mildly over green pastures and they tap your heart pleadingly to open and let them in. The sensitive touches of the note struck by the player forces open the door and lets your spirit cry in spasms of joy, leap out and dance with the divine notes in god’s space. You keep aching for it more and more. Your spirit is in tune with the notes being played it raises and falls with the music; entwined in a fluid embrace; the dance goes on and on till every muscle in your heart is ripped open with that heavenly bliss.

Second Experience:

It was a pleasant evening there wasn’t much work to do, but then there was a sudden impulse to visit Mundakaniamman temple at Mylapore, Chennai, India. Though born and brought up as a Roman Catholic, I got well acquainted with other religious perspectives during my college days, where my inner quest challenged all belief systems and I started seeing divinity everywhere irrespective of creed, colour and race. My quest unbound took me to great leaps. In fact, my first Jyoti darshan is of her somewhere in 2007. From that day I used to frequent her to pay my reverence and gratitude.

Such was the day; even before I entered the temple, I felt a strong current encompassing me. I stopped near the entrance, leaned over the wall and started looking inside myself. Light spasms of joy started building in my heart. Something deep inside me was touched and was alighted with bliss. Only then she allowed me to enter her humble abode.

There I took a spot to her right, leaned over the hundi, placed my helmet down and let myself mix with a beautiful, clear, divine voice drifting in the mid-air. The voice belonged to an old lady seated on the floor, to my right, facing the entrance. The voice was mesmerizing she drew it up somewhere deep within her and it reverberated like a tensed cord. I would say she was connected to the divineness in itself. The songs lured me further into myself. The being inside me was set ablaze and it was taking me higher and higher and I almost crossed the point of losing myself to the divinity. That too when she drew the words “Samboo Mahadeva” I was not able to hold the bliss anymore in my heart. It was an ecstatic moment. Beneath the skin, something inside me was trickling upwards and leaving this mortal body. She again drew the word “Samboo Mahadeva” in a high pitch I finally said no more and left the spot half-heartedly in reluctance.

I thanked both the deity and the lady from the bottom of my hearts for forcing me into such a blissful evening. I just was awaiting some situation whereby I can pay my gratitude to that old lady. The opportunity didn’t turn up so I decided to leave and stepped out the temple. The old lady was standing before my bike and asked me if I could drop her in the bus stop, which I did to my heart’s content.

Source by Rozorio Joseph

X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing – Talent Contests?

The X-Factor masquerades as a singing competition, but really it’s just a popularity contest. Strictly Come Dancing purports to be a dancing competition, but really it’s just a popularity contest. The X-Factor vs. Strictly, which gets more viewers? It’s a popularity contest. Our whole lives are just popularity contests.

Birth: Who’s baby is prettier? Infancy: Can your baby talk/walk/not poo itself? School. Who’s cool, who isn’t? Work. Who will network and brown nose and get promoted? Marriage. Who can I marry that has these pointless attributes? Unbeknown to me, there’s probably even a judging criteria for the residents of old people’s homes. Who has the best biscuit selection perhaps? Or who smells least of urine?

Everything in our fleeting lives involves us trying to steer the big popularity ship in our direction. We’re all narcissistic ego maniacs to some degree; it’s encoded in our DNA. Survival of the fittest-biting, clawing and doing each other over behind a veneer of civility.

It’s horrible and base, but we love it. Unfortunately, however, due to the massive competition, not all of us 6 billion humans can rise to the upper tiers of popularity where we can use our high regard to influence others. So when we do get a chance to exert some control we grab hold of it. In this sense, it’s voting. Not in a general election or anything boring like that. After all, politicians aren’t popular. They’re just trying to force their way to the top to make up for a life of languishing at the bottom of the pile. But we’re smarter than that. You can’t make us vote for you, David Cameron! No, we vote for things that entertain us, like those that once filled the seats in the colossal amphitheatres, we take our seats and cheer and boo along with the plasma screen people in front of us; we listen to the ‘wise words’ of the judging emperors and then give the performers an electronic thumbs up with our phones (well, some of us do, apparently).

In fact, the only differences between watching modern day reality TV shows and ancient Greek gladiatorial contests are that: (1) Nobody dies (if you consider death in the traditional life ending sense of the word) and (2) the contests are there out of their own free will (if you consider free will to be non-deterministic and if indeed any of us proletariat wage slaves can ever truly be considered free, that is). So really it’s exactly the same. Apart from one other major difference that is.

From my in depth historical research of gladiatorial contests (watching Gladiator twice about 5 years ago), it would seem that performance is directly related to popularity. Maximus Decimus Meridius fought well, gained the public’s respect and was, therefore, allowed to live. However, as with everything, the media have destroyed the relationship between talent and reward to the extent that, when we now watch a show, we don’t pick the best person for their singing or dancing, we pick the person that seems nice and has a good back story (the more deaths in the family the better); we disobey all the rules and concepts of the show and follow our popularity meter based on the skewed ideals touted by the red top tabloids.

“What’s this, a dancing competition?… Who cares! I’m voting for that fat ungainly clubfooted old bloke dragging his partner across the floor like a dead animal, because he is well spoken, jolly and, from what I’ve read, a fine political correspondent.”

“What’s this, a singing competition?”… Pff! I’m voting for those weird twins that dance like they are suffering from multiple dislocations and sing like a cat being opened with a rusty can opener, because they have been touted as the plucky underdogs and their winning might destroy Simon Cowell’s career.”

The results of this phenomenon are both humorous and dispiriting in equal measure. It is, of course, endlessly funny to watch the perpetually in control Simon Cowell, splutter and choke on his own rage at the irony of yet another brilliant singer being voted off because they didn’t register highly on the public’s popularometer, as a direct result of the media hype that he engendered in order to promote the ‘singing competition’ in the first place. But on the other hand, it is not so fun to watch talented people systematically crushed week in week out solely for the purposes of entertainment.

Unpleasant as it may seem at the time though, ultimately it’s a good lesson for the contestants. Talent contests such as the X-Factor give ordinary people a taste of what it’s like to be climb to the upper echelons and bask in the warm glow of popularity, and for the vast majority of contestants, it also offers the perspective from the gloomy depths of obscurity after the fast fall back down again. What’s more, the judges, with their increasingly pernicious back biting and derision of one another show the acerbic attitude you need to reach the top and stay there. To watch a contestant stood alone on stage post performance waiting for an honest appraisal, only to be greeted by a series of unconnected sideways snipes between judges is to watch the true narcissism of celebrity unfold. It is the type of behaviour we read about in celebrity magazines, that we remember from popular people at school and from bosses in jobs we left. It is the type of behaviour that makes this level of popularity, despite the vast riches it offers, still seem unappealing.

“Everything popular is wrong.” Oscar Wilde

Source by Adam C. Mitchell

Rock Bands – Get Discovered Without Losing Your Shirt and Your Sanity

Finding your way to be seen or heard by a record company doesn’t need to require spending an enormous amount of time and money. It only requires a little industry knowledge and some great song writing. I can give you the industry knowledge. The rest is up to you. Here are 5 GREAT tips to help you on your way. These tips alone, if followed, will save you a fortune and narrow your focus of what it takes to get signed.

1. A hit song. This outweighs everything. You can record in a basement 8-track studio or in a fully digital $500/hour recording studio. If the song’s a hit, the song’s a hit. Don’t waste your money on studio costs. An 8 track recording should be sufficient enough to play for a record company. Record labels will see through the “slickness” of the recording and hear the song for what it’s worth. In fact a record executive would rather hear a hit in its roughest form. It makes them think they discovered a hidden gem that they can make into a diamond. One band I worked with called Extreme released a song called “Hole Hearted”. The song was recorded in a bedroom on an 8 track but sounded good enough to release as is. The song went to # 1 in a lot of countries around the world (# 4 in the United States)

2. Showcasing for a Record Company. I’ve had many bands showcase for me over the years; bands looking for a manager to bands looking for a record deal during my years at EMI Records. I would show up at their rehearsal studios and find elaborate food and drink set-ups, big lighting rigs brought in to make them look like a stadium rock band and some bands had every family member and friend they ever met squeezed into the studio to applaud after each song. Ok, ready? Forget the food, forget the lights and unless I’m going to a club to see the band perform live, leave your friends at home.

I’m not coming to your rehearsal room to have dinner. If I need a cocktail to enjoy your music then your music probably isn’t worth me coming down to hear. I don’t need concert lighting in a little rehearsal studio. SAVE YOUR MONEY. You want to blow my mind? Turn on all the house lights, stand there and play me one original hit after another. If you do that, I’ll leave with the biggest smile on my face and the excitement in my heart as if I discovered the next Beatles. Also, I don’t need friends clapping after each song. If you perform a hit for me, I’ll be sitting there thinking about you on an arena stage selling millions of concert tickets.

3. “Break” your own record. This approach shows the record labels that if they put in the time and money to sign your band, that you guys are taking it very serious and are willing to do the work necessary to break the band instead of the band sitting around waiting for someone to hold their hands and lead them. Sell your own records. These days CD’s are very cheap to have pressed up. Produce your own with 4-5 of your best songs on it. Sell them at your shows. Sell them at the local record shop (or merchandise shop if record stores are no longer around in your area. Most small store will agree to sell your CD on consignment (the store pays you after the CD sells).

You’re not looking to make money on these sales, you’re only looking to get your music in as many hands as possible. Next step is to approach a local radio station; the smaller the station, the better response you’ll get from them. Try to be creative in ways of approaching them. Yes, the guy in the gorilla suit delivering your CD’s been done. Try to get them to spin your record, no matter what time of day. Even if it’s once.

But be prepared to have friends or family call the station after it’s played to comment on liking it. If it’s played at 3am, don’t have 7,000 people call the station. Make it look like the real thing. They’ll be happy to know what the listeners like and that listeners are responding to their airplay. Record companies have online charts (ie BDS) showing them what every radio station in the country, no matter how small, is playing at any given time. If an unknown band is getting airplay, the record companies will come to investigate. Another artist I worked with, Afroman, got his record deal just like that. He recorded and released a single called “Cause I Got High” on his own and got a local radio station to play it.

He got a major record deal when record companies went to investigate what that little blip on the charts was. Same thing happened with the band Godsmack. After being turn down by all the record companies, they started selling their own records and got local airplay until the point where they were selling 1,000 CD’s a week without the help of a record company! Not only did labels come after the band, but the band was able to negotiate a major $$$ deal because of their hometown sales are already so large.

4. Play Live Nothing develops a band better than playing live. Videotape your first show and videotape your 100th show. The difference will amaze you. I can’t speak to every small city in the U.S. but any mid size to large city has record company staff living locally. They “work” the local record stores or accounts, they work the radio stations in the region, bringing them new releases to get airplay and bringing their companies bands by to say hello. These guys (and girls) are the local eyes and ears of the label. They are out there at the clubs. They listen for local chatter about what local bands are happening, they talk to club owners about what local bands they like and which local bands are selling tickets. There are publications that list the local record representatives (reps.).

One is called the Yellow Pages of Rock. Search online, there are others out there; probably now available online Track one down, get them your CD or just keep playing out live. If you’re playing out all the time, whether you know it or not, they’re aware of your group. When I lived in Manhattan, I used to see top record execs club hopping downtown, going club to club watching bands. Most bands are wondering how to be seen by the labels while they’re being watched by some of the top record people in the business. So if you want to be seen, heard and known, get out there and PLAY LIVE.

5. Find a Manager Finding someone with bigger and better connections, more industry knowledge and the ambition and work ethic of a bull, could be the best thing for a band starting out. Someone with local knowledge could save the band a lot of time and money and open some doors than would otherwise be closed; either with local radio, local retail stores or the local clubs. Hey, maybe you can get lucky and find someone with even bigger industry ties and can push the band into an even bigger playing field nationally; maybe even internationally.

The one warning I will give you, is to be VERY careful at what you sign. A bad management contract can cause enough internal problems to break up a band; on a local band level as well as an international stars level. ALWAYS have a lawyer look over any contracts handed to you to sign. A manager deserves protecting his interest in a band if he’s going to work his tail off and use his connections to get a band to the next level but he shouldn’t own the band for the length of their career. All artist management contracts should stipulate that the manager is given a certain amount of time to secure the band a major recording contract or the management contract becomes null and void. This term can be anywhere from 6 months to two years.

A band should not be signing a contract with a manager for 5 years without the manager securing certain objectives for the band. Never sign all your rights away. This also includes Publishing (the ownership rights to the bands music). Managers should receive between 15 – 25% of a bands income (minus certain expenses) for the length of the management contract only. A manager should also get his percentage in perpetuity (for a longer period of time) for any deals the band enters that the manager negotiated for the band while the band was still signed to the manager.

These 5 Tips should change the entire direction a band should travel in its quest to get the mighty ole recording contract. If these tips are followed, a band should be able to save themselves a lot of time and a lot of money, taking only the most important steps needed, without the fluff, to get into the hands of a record executive with the power to sign an act to the company label

Source by Scott Bernstein

Understanding Classical Music – Is It Worth The Time?

Understanding classical music is something most people think is far too lofty a goal, one best left for music scholars and academics in their ivory towers. It’s the epitome of stuffiness; black ties and diamond earrings must be worn at all times.

This is not at all the case!

Classical music should be heard and appreciated by all people. Composers were and are real people who struggle with the same problems we all do, including paying bills, satisfying their clients, and just existing from one day to the next.

It’s not necessary to understand composition techniques, orchestration principles, and the intricacies of arranging music to be awed by its beauty. Just let it wash over you and absorb the feelings!

The genius of Bach, the magnificence of Beethoven, the sheer beauty of Chopin, and the power of Prokofiev are all waiting to be discovered by you, no matter how much you know or don’t know about music theory and history.

Do you turn away from a rainbow, bemoaning that you don’t understand light refraction and color prism?

Of course not!

If you drive a car, do you understand fuel injection, and rack and pinion steering?

I think I’ve made my point.

However, some knowledge of Western art music helps understanding classical music even more. Why did Beethoven write his symphonies, why did Bach love the fugue, did Mozart really hate the flute?

But if you don’t have time to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music History, what can you do?

An easy and fun way to learn about anything is via an audio book.

Audio books are the educational tool for the 21st century.

  1. You can listen anywhere you want to–in the car, in the doctor’s waiting room, at a soccer game, lounging in bed–you name it. No more boring classrooms.
  2. You can use odd bits of time that would otherwise be wasted.
  3. You can listen to any part over again without having to raise your hand and ask a question in class.
  4. Audio books are portable–no 10-ton text book to lug around, just a little MP3 player or Ipod.
  5. Audio books are less expensive than a printed text. No trees have to die.
  6. Audio books are private–just pop in an ear plug.
  7. Audio books are entertaining. They come alive with fascinating narration, great music, and tantalizing sound effects.

In short, what’s not to like?

Join the audio book revolution and discover the finest art that humanity has ever created.

Source by Kathy Ferneau

Opera Music – The First Operas

Opera is a very old form of musical entertainment. The word opera is from the Italian language and translates to mean work or labor. Classical opera is a musical production that combines a musical score with a libretto (dramatic work or written storyline). An opera combines many different elements including acting, singing, dancing, costumes and music.

The very first opera is often considered to be Dafne. Jacopo Peri composed this production with contributions from Giulio Caccini. Ottavio Rinuccini wrote the libretto. It made its debut as a private event in 1597, in Florence at the Plazzo Corsdi. The concept behind the production was to bring alive the classic Greek tragedy. Many of the early operas take their story lines and ideas from Greek literature. Although, this dramatic work was to begin a completely new form of musical genre, the musical score has virtually disappeared.

Dafne was actually not written for an orchestra but for a much smaller ensemble. It composed for lute, archlute, harpsichord, viol and triple flute. The libretto written was the story of the god Apollo falling deeply in love with the nymph Dafne.

Peri and Rinuccini’s showing of Dafne was a huge success and was so well liked that they were asked to write a second work using the same format. Their second joint effort was to a commissioned piece to celebrate the marriage of Henri IV and Marie de Medici. This musical creation was entitled L’Euridice.

L’Euridice was preformed for the first time in 1600. Peri himself preformed the lead role in this production. The story of this opera is once again Greek in origin. It revolves around the god Orpheus and his search for his beloved Euridice. Euridice, who is actually a nymph, was taken to the underworld and Orpheus is trying to get her back.

These two operas were the first time that audiences were introduced to the recitative. There are many times during a performance where a cast member has to convey what they are thinking or feeling to the audience. Rather than trying to set this portion of the production to a song, the actor is given the liberty to sing but uses an almost conversational tone. There is usually music in the background, but the words are not set to it. The other major differences are that in a song there are normally choruses and repeating portions. This does not happen in the recitative. The emphasis here is to move the action of the play forward.

These two productions would herald the beginning of a completely new form of art. Like all art forms, there are many variations of opera. Through the years, opera has changed and evolved greatly. Both the composers and the writers take many liberties to make their productions more appealing to the audience.

Source by Jane P. Long

Music: Can Music Trigger Grief?

In some shape or form, music has been around for thousands of years and while there are styles around today that weren’t around in the past, it still has the same effect. When it comes to making music today, electrical equipment is often used and this has allowed people to create sounds that didn’t exist before.

This is the case when it comes to the mainstream music, but the there are still many styles that don’t rely on modern-day technology. There are also styles that merge new technology with technology that has been around for a while.

There is something out there for everyone, no matter what style of music they enjoy listening to or whether they like a number of styles. If one likes a number of styles, their mood could also define what they listen to.


The fact that there are many different styles matches up with what could be described as the age of choice. No matter what one desires in life, there is likely to be more than one choice available.

And while more choice is often seen as better than having less choice, one can be better off with less choice. However, this can all depend on what it relates to; as there are going to be certain areas of life where this is a good thing and where it is neither good nor bad.


One could be offered a number of choices and because there are so many, they could end up finding it hard to make a decision. This could cause one to do nothing or if they do something, it could take them a lot longer to make a decision.

More choice can then lead to inaction and even cause one to feel overwhelmed. But when it comes to music, one is likely to listen to something and then decide if it is right for them or not. And if it doesn’t hit the spot straight away, it might take a short while.

Different Moods

When one wakes up in the morning, they might want to listen to a certain style and then when the evening arrives, it could be another style. Yet, this could also depend on how one feels when they wake up and what they have to do once they have woken up.

If one wants to relax in the evening, they are unlikely to listen to the same kind of music that they would listen to if they were going to have a workout or even a night out. One can then change their mood through listening to music or find something that matches up with how they feel.


The music one listens to can give them the support they need to move through a challenging day or a challenging period in their life. And although they are unlikely to be listening to something that was made for them, it can validate their experience.

It then doesn’t matter whether one knows the story behind the song or why it was written, as it is just what they need to hear at this time in their life. One doesn’t need to be going through a challenging period in order to be validated though, as they could be falling in love or have just achieved something significant.

Three Sides

There is how one feels before they listen to song, how they feel as they are listening to the song and how they feel after a song has finished. Based on this, one could come to the conclusion that if they feel different after a song, it is because of the music.

However, while one is going to be effected by what they listen to, it could also be triggering what is already within them. Music is then not just a catalyst, it is also a trigger.

The Trigger

One could listen to a song and end up feeling sad, down or even depressed. Now, if one was to listen to a song that was about a break-up or some kind of loss, it is only natural for one to feel effected by it. This would simply show that they have empathy and are in touch with themselves.

After a while, this feeling may soon pass and one should soon feel as they did before. But, this might not happen and one could end up feeling down for quite some time or they could listen to the song, feel down and then feel fine shortly after.


In both of these cases, it could be a sign that one is carrying trapped grief in their body. What they have listened to has then reminded one of what they need to look at and then process.

If one hasn’t experienced any kind of loss for a while, they might wonder how this is possible. Their mind might not understand what this pain relates to and yet their body is carrying the pain.


The mind forgets, but the body remembers and this could be grief that one has carried for many, many years. It could relate to a loss in their adulthood and/or it could relate to what happened to them during their childhood.

Music can then be seen as a valuable tool when it comes to gaining a better understanding of oneself. This grief can be faced and released with the assistance of a therapist, healer and/or a support group.

Source by Oliver JR Cooper