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Lizanne Hennessey

Singer Songwriter & Vocal Coach, Lizanne Hennessey - Voice Coach

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Integrating music into our everyday lives.

My idea is all about making music and singing as a tool to set a positive cycle in motion that will encourage respect, communication and expression, which to me, are key ingredients to a society of individuals who can truly change the world.

No, this is not a new idea - but I think it's something we forgot how to do, and I want to help us remember.

I made a video to explain how we can reap the benefits of integrating music into our everyday lives called "Growing Back into Music", which you can watch here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGRXwk_PHjI

I'm so curious what you all think!

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  • May 11 2013: I like and agree with what you are saying. American Idol is un-natural. The kids that go on that show sign a contract that says they will sell their soul in trade for a shot at fame and fortune. Music is a gift offering and we go out on a limb when we ask money for it. We are then at risk of judgement of our gift (product). We commercialize everything in our society. Look at christmas for instance. What a mess it turned out to be. Here is a link to an article that touches on this subject. It is from the perspective of a night-club owner who hires live bands.

    http://onstagemagazine.com/open-letter-from-a-bar-owner-to-musicians/

    This and American Idol shows the loss of innocence; what I would call prostitution. Our society puts too much emphasis on money. We would all probably like to become millionaires in order to shed the shame of what we are forced to do when making a living. I try to keep my innocence and pride intact.
    • May 11 2013: Hi Greg!
      I appreciate your thoughts on this enormously.

      I feel, there is a big difference between paying for music, and music as a form of competition.

      You said, "Music is a gift offering and we go out on a limb when we ask money for it." As a professional musician, I have to count on people paying for 'my gift'. I also feel that it is a skill, just like any other, that should be rewarded by more than applause and appreciation - those things are important, but they won't pay my bills.

      The truth in the open letter you shared is all to familiar to me, and consequently, I don't play in bars. Not necessarily because I don't want to, but because my particular style of music simply doesn't sell drinks. I appreciate the honesty in this letter, especially his statement: "I have great respect for working musicians and would rather not hire them at all than to short-change them." That to me is a reflection of respect and honesty that I, as a working musician, just don't come across too often.

      I agree wholeheartedly with you, that "We commercialize everything in our society" and that we indeed put too much emphasis on money. Fame and fortune, even just a taste of it, has become our goal. If money were no issue, our livelihoods would probably be very different, indeed. My favorite philosopher, Alan Watts, has some great thoughts on that subject:
      http://www.openculture.com/2012/10/what_if_money_was_no_object_thoughts_on_the_art_of_living_from_eastern_philosopher_alan_watts_.html

      This idea of integrating music into our everyday lives is based on the premise that everyone possesses the ability to make music and sing as a method of self-exploration, which is vital part of our development at any age! What we choose - or are forced - to do to earn a living has nothing to do with it.
      I feel, turning your hobby into your work, is not always beneficial. Making your passion your work, however, is.

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