[The interesting thing though is that its a love story but you guys barely touched through the whole thing] I think that’s the best part. I think it’s very lifelike, the story. Sometimes you meet these people in your life and it’s not meant to work out but they change you for the better. And that actually sometimes the strongest love can be someone you never touched. – Cristin Milioti
my junk; a playlist of my favorite songs from various musicals
your daddy’s son- ragtime / revolting children- matilda / mama who bore me (reprise)- spring awakening / epiphany- bare: a pop opera / a very nice prince; first midnight; giants in the sky- into the woods / expressing yourself- billy elliot / i’ve decided to marry you- a gentleman’s guide to love and murder / my junk- spring awakening / best worst mistake- if/then / turn it off- book of mormon / anything can happen- mary poppins / beautiful- heathers: the musical / spooky mormon hell dream- book of mormon / seize the day- newsies / the world according to chris- carrie / the king of new york- newsies / ever after- bare: a pop opera / word of your body (reprise)- spring awakening / one normal night- the addams family / by my side- godspell / watch what happens (reprise)- newsies / everything else- next to normal / drive you out of your mind- bare the musical / wake me up when september ends- american idiot / everyone’s a little bit racist- avenue q / dogfight- dogfight / on my own- les miserables / empty chairs at empty tables- les miserables / freak flag- shrek the musical / piragua- in the heights / no way to stop it- the sound of music / no one is alone- into the woods / on the right track- pippin / astonishing- little women / in my own little corner- cinderella / act 2 finale- spamalot / how the other half live- thoroughly modern millie / i’m not that girl- wicked / sugar daddy- hedwig and the angry inch / his name is lancelot- spamalot / ring of keys- fun home / there once was a pirate- spring awakening / there’s a fine, fine line- avenue q / raise you up- kinky boots / naughty- matilda / the phantom of the opera- the phantom of the opera / in- carrie / dead girl walking- heathers: the musical / masquerade- the phantom of opera / once and for all- newsies / my strongest suit- aida /
Tonight I sang Breathe by Kooman and Dimond for my students at work. It was a little wine induced, and just for fun. But I decided to record it anyway.
Vocal Health For Singers
As some of you may already know, I study Musical Theatre at college and typically sing up to 6 hours minimum every day. I have spent years trying different products to support my vocal health so that I can produce optimum performance on a daily basis. Here is a list of my four go to products that I use everyday.
1. Vicks Personal Steamer
I use my Vicks personal steamer every morning to make sure that my vocal cords are ready for the day. I notice a huge difference between days when I do and don’t steam. You can get these steamers from CVS or Walgreens if you are in the US or any Pharmacy internationally. I find that my vocal cords with lubricated and relaxed after a good 15-20 min steam and can also help especially if you live in a dryer environment.
2. Throat Coat Tea (Lemon Echinacea)
This tea is my go to tea for vocal health. There is literally nothing that compares to the way my vocal cords feel after this tea. I normally have one cup with two tea bags every morning with my Vicks steamer. I find that this tea especially helps if you are a highly active singer or currently in intense rehearsal periods. I buy the tea in bulk on Amazon - usually in a box of 6.
3. Air-O Swiss Humidifier
This is especially important if you are asthmatic or extremely sensitive to dry environments vocally (I know I am!) I cannot tell you how much a difference having one of these makes! I sleep with mine every night and notice that if I forget to put it on or sleep somewhere else even for now night - my vocal cords feel incredibly dry the following morning and not lubricated enough for optimum performance. I know this is a more expensive option and there are cheaper options! Ideally, you want to keep your room at 50-60% humidity during sleep. It is extremely important that you remember to clean your humidifier on a regular basis!
4. Grether’s Pastilles (Sugarfree)
These are my go to throat lozenges and a must have for singers. These lozenges have a soft feel to them and lubricate the vocal cords without damaging or numbing - which is extremely bad if you are about to sing or will be singing that day for you will not be able to feel if you a pressing and hurting yourself and therefore damaging your voice even further if you are a little under the weather. Again, these are a little more expensive but you can buy a large packet on Amazon which will typically last me 3-4 months (and I usually use a few a day). I would recommend sugarfree if you think you will be a frequent user. There are other flavours but I personally love the blackcurrent flavour.
I hope this can help some of you aspiring musical theatre performers like myself! I will be making another post soon on exercises you can do during periods of vocal rest and general health/ wellness for singers. Let me know if there’s anything any of you guys use too! I am always up to experimenting different products for vocal health and wellness!
ALSO Hal’s sugar free drops for throat irritation are amazing. And, if all else fails, you can gargle salt water, take shots of straight lemon juice (honey sometimes works too), and cross your fingers. :)
1. gimme gimme - thoroughly modern millie | 2. i don’t know what i’d do - a gentleman’s guide to love and murder | 3. if momma was married - gypsy | 4. my new philosophy - you’re a good man, charlie brown | 5. the double bubble duchess - charlie and the chocolate factory | 6. candy store - heathers | 7. little lamb from alabama - big fish | 8. the worst pies in london - sweeney todd | 9. always starting over - if/then | 10. roxie - chicago | 11. there’s a fine, fine line - avenue q | 12. i miss the mountains - next to normal | 13. goodnight my someone - the music man | 14. nobody’s side - chess
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