Thursday, August 21, 2008

Easy Ways To Make Your Wedding Reception Unique

Chances are that your guests have been to many wedding receptions in the past. Here are some easy ways to make yours stand out.

Pick An Unusual Entrance Song-

Check out your music collection and write down the first ten songs that appeal to you. Then decide which one of those would be best for you to walk into at your reception. Chances are you will come up with an Entrance Song nobody else has thought of. One rule of thumb is- the higher the energy of the song, the better. This applies whether it's Classical, Rock, Hip Hop, Swing, etc.

Don't Just Enter, MAKE An Entrance-

The difference can be subtle or more pronounced but it is important that you, in some way, visually acknowledge your guests as part of your Grand Entrance. This can be done by simply pausing to let them get a good look at you while they snap a picture, waving back at them or perhaps taking a bow or giving high fives. Now you have included your guests in the joy of the moment by making them PART of your entrance!

Change The Order-

Often the First Dance comes after the meal. But there's no rule that says you can't do it right after your entrance. The Best Man's toast can be at the beginning of the meal... or later, towards the end of it. Just because you throw your bouquet doesn't mean you have to do the whole garter removal and throwing thing. If you want, you can the pass on the removal and just have a garter toss or you can dispense with the whole formality.

That Sounds Different-

You have an opportunity to create a unique experience for your guests from the time they first step foot in your reception. It is important that your reception have it's own "sound". Preferable a unique mix of songs that people don't usually come in contact with at the office, the mall or while listening to the car radio.

You can turn your room into a romantic Spanish villa with flamenco fusion latin guitar. Or create a swinging, "Rat Pack" atmosphere with classic big band music. You could even transport your guests to a sunny, tropical seashore with the right mix of beach music.

We had one couple who got engaged in Italy and chose artists like Dean Martin, Andrea Bocelli and Louis Prima for their dinner music. The choice of sounds that sets the tone for your reception is limited only by your imagination. The goal is to give your guests something they haven't experienced at any other wedding they've been to.

Saying "Thank You"-

A simple "thank you" to your guests over the mic can mean so much. Publicly expressing your appreciation for their participation at your wedding is one of the classiest and most heartfelt things you can do. And in case you should miss anyone during your mingling time, you have at least already acknowledged your gratitude to them.

Choreograph Your First Dance-

A choreographed First Dance is always a special treat for you and your guests. We've seen waltzes, swing dances and even a tango or two. A bit of work is involved here as you may need to take some lessons and rehearse prior to your "performance". The pay off is creating an unforgettable moment for you and your guests. A moment that never fails to get a great response from all in attendance.

Use Creative Lighting-
The right lighting can add color and depth to any room. Colored beams of uplighting on the walls, a pinspot to highlight the cake and dynamic projection dance floor club lighting are some ways to create a special atmosphere. Well planned lighting has a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your reception.

Avoid Musical Cliches-

Party songs that have been played at every wedding in the past twenty years can be replaced with more inventive choices. Jettison those played-out tunes like "Love Shack", "La Bamba", "Mony Mony", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "I Will Survive". Update your playlist with fresh ideas. Examples of newer songs that have wide appeal include "Smooth" by Santana, "Hey Ya!" by Outkast, "Get The Party Started" by Pink, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet and "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. This is a good starting point and the music can get more cutting edge as the night goes on.

Promo, Promo, Promo-

Have you ever been to a wedding where you felt like you didn't know what was going on? Your MC should let your guests know what they have to look forward to later. Attendees will be less likely to leave early if they know that the cake cutting is coming up shortly. Or that if they go now they will miss the first dance. Make sure your MC understands the power of the promotional announcement!

DJ Craig is a music programmer, remix artist and party enabler in the southern California area. He has been providing Disc Jockey and lighting services for Southern California weddings and special party events for over 15 years.

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My "Cold Case" TV Fantasy - Getting Lilly and the "Cold Case" Detective Squad Busted!

I watch "Cold Case" on CBS regularly even though I admit I hate the shows Detective Squad as well as how each case is solved by an unnecessary confession from the killer and then the victim's ghost appears like in a music video, the end. No, I'm not on crack!

The thing I hate most about "Cold Case" is the detectives attitudes. They think they have the right to go gangbusters and accuse every person they interview of being the Anti-Christ. These suspects in turn say they didn't do it and like musical chairs turn the arrogant detectives onto another person to smirk at and be nasty too.

At the end of each episode, without any real solid evidence that would actually get the murderer tried in court or convicted, the killer who has concealed his "perfect crime" for like forever, suddenly decides without a lawyer present, to confess. Magically, the victim's ghost then appears in a trance like kind of music video to swirling or slow dancing music. The end.

I realize "Cold Case" is supposed to be dramatic entertainment for which writers take dramatic liberties to fit the show in an hour format but its a lot easier for me to suspend belief for a show like "Prison Break" then "Cold Case". "Cold Case" tries to present itself in a somber realistic manner but there are a lot of people watching who say, Bogus Man!

If I had my way, as payback to the detectives, I'd do a sequel to a previous episode where it now turns out that the detectives, pressured "the obvious killer" to give a false confession and he's found innocent in Court and truly never did the crime. It would make a great season finale and give the detectives pause for thought on their methods. To top it off, you could have the Ghost of the victim then appearing when the killer is found innocent, finger scolding the detectives to the music of "Ride Your Pony" and see the innocent non-killer smiling with a big grin. The End.

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Dealing With Music Critics

If you are an aspiring songwriter, musician or indie artist, then sooner or later you will come face to face with music critics. The question is, how will you respond to them?

Last Saturday night I watched a program about The Legends of Rockabilly Music. It was fun to look back in the history of rock and roll and see the pioneering artists who started it all. Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Jerry Lee Lewis were among the various stars being featured.

What struck me most about these young performers was the shear determination they had to stay the course. Regardless of what the music critics said, they believed in their music and kept right on going. It wasn't always easy for them either. But that's probably the way it is for many of the famous people we admire today. We see the end result of their effort and think- wow, what a lucky break. But we often miss the hard road they had to follow in order to get to that place of recognition and respect.

Take Elvis Presley for instance. Every one of the previously mentioned "legends of rockabilly music" credited Elvis as being the one who most influenced their own style and sound. His spark ignited a wild-fire which eventually spread out and touched the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and many others. Most people realize that this flame continues to burn white hot and it's effect is still widely heard in much of today's popular music.

But it wasn't always smooth sailing. At the beginning of his career, Elvis Presley faced some music critics of his own. Time magazine once called him the "Hi luh-huh-huh-huv-huv yew-hew" dreamboat groaner. Back then, some critiques even contained elements of racial prejudice, calling Presley's blues influenced sound "vulgar jungle music."

During those early days Elvis was once given an opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Even though the audience responded well to his music, an executive of the show told him later "You ain't going nowhere, son. You may as well stick to driving a truck." History proved that man dead wrong! In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Elvis #3 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. So, please let this be an encouragement when you face your own music critics!

Above all, don't let the threat of criticism spoil your dreams. I heard someone say the other day that "the dream of your heart might be bigger than the environment you're in." Other people might not share your vision. They may not understand you. They may not offer any support. But don't let them hold you down. You must be willing to step out of the safe zone and believe in your musical gift. Forget what the critics say. Who are "they" anyway? Just follow your dreams and sing your heart out!

Kathy Unruh is a singer/songwriter and webmaster of ABC Learn Guitar. She has been writing songs and providing guitar lessons to students of all ages for over 20 years. For free guitar lessons, plus tips and resources on songwriting, recording and creating a music career, please visit:

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High School Musical Birthday Party Ideas

One of the most popular, if not the most popular, shows among kids is High School Musical. This show now has two movies, with a third on the way, and has become an unbelievable phenomenon that has made stars out of the actors in the show, and turned millions of kids onto music.

Obviously, when something becomes this popular, it is only a matter of time before your kids start asking for a High School Musical-themed birthday party. So what ideas are good for this type of birthday party? Below are just a few examples.

Send The Invites

You can go two routes in terms of invitations. You can use invitations that come with the High School Musical party supplies, or you can go a step further just by using your computer. Print off tickets for the kids so they can take the tickets with them and get entry into the party at your house. Make it look like they are tickets to a special High School Musical show, starring your child. If a child forgets to bring their invite, no worries, let them in. You can even stamp their hands for reentry, just to add a bit more style to the whole thing.

Watch the Movies

What would a High School Musical-themed birthday party be without watching the movies? So, rent the movies, if you don't already own them, and treat the kids to the movies while you prepare the rest of the birthday party. It is up to you if you want to show both of the movies, or just one of them. If you only have time for one, ask the kids which one they want to see and then go with that one for the kids to watch.

Dance Competition

One big thing about High School Musical is the dancing. Everyone in the movies dances, so get the kids dancing too. You can even have a dance contest that will have the kids showing their stuff on the dance floor. At the end of the dance contest, award everyone an individual award so that no one feels out of place. You can range it from "Best Dancer" and "Killer Moves!" to "Wackiest Dance" and "Future Star!"

High School Musical is unbelievably popular and if your child wants a High School Musical-themed birthday party, you need to be ready to provide it. However, thanks to creativity and some birthday party supplies, you can create a birthday party they will remember for a very, very long time.

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Figure Skating - Facts About Inline Skating

The inline skates that are made specifically for the figure skaters are having a different design.

It has a stream-lined frame that boasts more control and less weight than regular inline skates. Also, its front stopper is similar to a toe pick. The boot is designed in such a way that it can bend and support at the same time. This allows the skater to make jumps and spins.

However, without these special skates, serious figure skaters should never cross train with inline skating. Roller blading should be done only when ice time is limited or unavailable.

However, make sure that the basic elements are practiced only on inline skates. Avoid roller blading as it can hinder an elite figure skaters progress.

Actually, the two edges on each ice skate blade have four sides that the expert skaters learn to use during the on-ice footwork. A wheel that could replace the concave steel blades will be highly advantageous.

Wheels require a different type of balance and maneuvering than the blade edges and therefore, students learning in-line skating are at a disadvantage.

A serious ice skater should never switch back and forth from ice skates to roller blades as this will slow down their progress in the development of balance and edge moves on ice.

Roller blading has adverse effects on ice skaters and therefore, off-ice skating should be limited for athletes as they progress to edge jumps, spins, and deep footwork.

But, that does not mean that figure skaters have no other cross-training options. For effective cross-training, figure skaters can try resistance training, plyometrics, pilates, dance, mountain biking, jogging and hiking.

Badminton, tennis, swimming, soccer and racquetball can also help the serious ice skaters to develop high level of fitness required for a good performance.

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The Music In Gossip Girl Episode 16 - "All About My Brother"

Starting from the beginning, as Georgina pretends to be Sarah and chats with Vanessa at her work the sounds of Good To Be Alive by Joey Sykes fills the cafe. The song fades a little into the background but the tune can still be heard as Dan enters the cafe and meets the two girls. Music follows Georgina all the way to Serena's place where a new tune picks up as she joins the family for dinner. Say (All I Need) by One Republic breaks in and out of the dinner conversation; a conversation where Georgina ends up outing Eric to his entire family.

As Lily prepares for her wedding the perfect clips from Gossip Girl regulars The Kills, and classical music set the mood. While Lily is out and about Cheap and Cheerful by The Kills leads up to the moment that she runs into Rufus. As the two engage in a conversation over Jenny, Beethoven's, Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 5 in F Major slowly starts to build up. The music gains in volume as Lily tries on her wedding dress and models it for Rufus, who obviously sees something he wants.

Jenny's party requires music and the two songs that we here during this time totally set up the party and the drama that goes down. While Jenny is chatting with her friends and lying about her relationship with Asher Shut Up & Let Me Go by The Ting Tings can be heard playing. Things change up a little when Eric and Blair crash the party to out Asher; Paralyzer by Finger Eleven says it all.

Finally, another selection by The Kills makes its way into another episode. When Serena is surprised to meet Dan's new friend, 'Sarah', U.R. A. Fever by The Kills plays. Later when Serena is confessing to Blair on the stairs the same song comes on again.

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Are You In The Mood To Dance?

Recently, from an opportunity in the Daily Mail I was fortunate enough to have an exclusive dancing session with none other than the very talented celebrity dancer Vincent Simone. He was simply one of the best teacher's one could hope to meet to learn the intricate steps involved in dancing. Vincent Simone is a World class Latin American dancer and I am a mere novice.

In this chaotic and fast paced lifestyle that we all seem to live isn't it about time that we create a space for ourselves to give more 'me time' and have more fun. What better way than learning to dance by exercising the body and calming our thoughts or more importantly to release the frantic ever active mind into the ever beating heart.

When we are healthy and radiating positive energy we literally attract a feeling of well-being and like a magnet draw pleasurable experiences into our lives. Conversely, if we are tired, stressed or feeling low in energy we may need to learn how to convert the negative energy into a blissful state and dance could be one of the ways to achieve this.

When you are dancing to enhance your mood it may help to visualise the seven colours of the chakras.

RED Passion

Visualise the colour red when dancing the Argentina Tango can help you to access the passion to give more energy and liveliness to this dance. When learning the technique coupled with the accentuated movements and maintaining the powerful posture. Tango is the uniquely intoxicating 'forbidden dance', a story of two people connecting passion and romance.

ORANGE Sensuality

Visualise the colour Orange when performing the Rumba can help with this slow, sensuous dance that has an almost teasing and rejecting quality between the two people involved. It has a rhythmical slow Latin beat with gyrating hip actions and dance expression that is more moody and has a serious quality.

YELLOW Confidence

Visualise the colour Yellow when dancing the Cha-Cha which is a happy, carefree dance expressing dynamic confidence and empowering everyone as they dance these steps. With the Cha-Cha's forward and back movements depicting the essence of give and take between the couple.

GREEN Compassion

Visualise the colour Green when performing the Swing as it is a lively, energetic tempo with accentuated movements of the hips and thighs. Imagine the rhythm of the Swing keeping in unison with the deep resonating beat of your heart.

BLUE Communicative

Visualise the colour Blue when dancing the Foxtrot similar to the blue sky or blue water that ripples downstream and flows with the music. The seductive slow tempo encourages the releasing of control and the willingness to surrender and communicate your deepest emotions.

INDIGO Imagination

Visualise the colour Indigo when dancing the Samba as it is a lively rhythmical dance that requires light-footed, circular movements of the hips and shoulders as you match and mirror your partner. The vivacious pulsating beat of the Samba creates seductive and animated movements that almost appear animal like.

WHITE Elegance

Visualise the colour White when dancing the Waltz with extreme charm, poise and elegance as you imagine Swans floating across the water gracefully creating breathtaking spectacle majestically gliding across the dance floor with ease.

The Art of learning to dance is a step-by-step process of leader and follower that requires trust, respect and timing creating a musical symphony that expresses the spirit of the dance between two people as they move as one.

The freedom that the dance gives releases the body, mind and soul that captivates the imagination of the audience and I am truly hooked on learning to dance.

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Piano Teaching Games


There are lots of fun games for the whole family that you can play using piano by number books. Here are just a few:

Name That Tune: One person plays the songs on the piano while everyone tries to guess the title of the song. Kids love playing the songs, so kids can take turns. You can also use the Play Along Audio CD, but kids also love being the center of attention and playing the songs on the piano.
Musical Chairs: Put chairs in center of room and when the music stops everyone has to find a chair, except there's always one chair too few. Use the CDs or have the kids (any age) play the piano.

Christmas Pageant: There's more than enough material on the Play Along Audio CD to present your own show. Kids (any age) will love putting it together, and can take turns playing along with the music or acting in the show.

Make Up Your Own Show: The Family Favorites section has 28 familiar melodies that creative kids can turn into a show about anything.

Have Everyone Try It! You'd be surprised what fun a family gathering can become when everyone is asked to play a song from the book. You'll discover that your family and friends have hidden musical talents! Most people really do want to try playing the piano, so make a game of it!



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"Fours" is the most basic rhythm game that I play with kids. I always use it on the first lesson, and on all subsequent lessons until the child seems too old for it. It's a fun but very childish game that teaches rhythm and piano geography without using printed notes or numbers of any kind.It's important for kids to actually play the piano without the encumbrance of graphic notation (notes or numbers) of any kind. For example, you'll notice that kids in general can go to the piano and play three songs:Chopsticks, Heart and Soul, Knuckles (that funny piece played on the black keys with the knuckles of the right hand!)

"Fours" is a piano game constructed in exactly the same mold. The child plays numbers and I play the chords. If the symbols below don't line up in your browser, remember that there are always four notes (numbers) for every chord (letter.) The child begins on "Middle C," also known as the number one: "1" The teacher plays the letters, or chords.

1111 2222 3333 4444 5555 6666 7777 8888


I play a kind of funny Chico Marx oom-pah accompaniment using the chord pattern (C G C F C F G C, etc.) Kids find this very easy and refreshing. We play up the piano keys, moving to the right, with the natural goal being for the child to reach the highest key on the piano. I'm pretty "strict," that is, if the child breaks the rhythm or misses a key, we start over. Strangely enough, kids love to go back to the beginning and start over as much as they love going all the way to highest key.Fun variant: Ask them to count up the white keys until they reach the highest white key (starting from Middle C, which to them is #1) and tell you what the "number" of that white key is (it's 29.) This has no musical value except that it makes the child an explorer of the instrument.The object of these games is to make the child a keen and enthusiastic observer of their instrument, something impossible to do when the child is locked into reading only sheet music from a book. Kids need to improvise, however humbly, and essentially all of my games are designed to make fun music outside of sheet music, numbers or conventional.

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The Seven Sins of Singing on Stage

After performing live as a main vocalist for close to ten years of my life, I still cringe at memories of those disastrous moments, hours or whole performances which tend to spring back into the memory now and again. Having experienced singing live to small and large crowds in glamorous Casinos, prestigious hotels, lounge bars, coffee bars and even solo in the ladies bathrooms, I present a few singing sins to be aware of and those that you really ought to avoid!

1. Boredom

Oh yes, it happens to everyone from time to time, especially after a good length of time performing to the same crowd, at the same place, at the same time yawn. Yep, after the excitement has gone, you realise that youre still standing their singing for your supper; hearing your own warbling again. and again. and. lo and behold, like any job, you eventually find that you might start to become bored!

To put back energy into your performance, make sure that you vary the song list from time to time. Make the effort to learn new songs and ditch old ones, especially those the crowd might not be reacting to as much! Its also a good idea not to focus on the same stain on the ceiling all evening, and its certainly not good to stare at one person all night, (unless he is six feet tall, gorgeous, and focusing every night on you!) Plus dont get into the habit of allowing your mind to stray. I could sometimes be half way through a song and find myself studying the flowery pattern on the curtains at the back of the room!

It was then that I realised that I had to change the scene, venue, songs..something!

Once boredom sets in, it becomes like any other monotonous job, and of course singing live to an audience is a fantastic way to earn money, so treat it as such and embrace every note, word and emotion with excitement and vigour. Show enthusiasm and speak to the crowd through every song you sing to them.

2. Move to the rhythm of the beat!

I often sang in very quiet, lounge-bar-like venues, which allowed me to sit back and put all my energy into my vocal performance. The emphasis was then spent on every note and the amount of emotion I could portray within the song. But a few of my performances were upbeat and energetic. It was then when it was necessary to get the crowd dancing. Put your best foot forward and move.

Whilst once listening to a singer audition for a weekly gig, he had everything going for him, except he hardly moved on the stage at all. Much frantic arm waving ensued, and what also appeared to be the manic swotting of invisible flies. This bizarre activity persisted throughout his entire performance, where his feet stayed firmly on the ground.

Whilst I advise not to kangaroo hop around the stage. Or even attempt to dance if you simply cannot dance, I do advise some form of whole bodily movement in time to more up-tempo music. Dont exaggerate the swinging of arms, or race around the stage in a frenzy either. and NEVER turn your back to the crowd (unless you are Jon Bon Jovi).

Remember, when you perform on the stage you are the entertainment, and you are the song, so give the audience something to get them going and want to dance along or move with you.

3. Deep breaths.

One of the hardest things for vocalists to control on stage is their breathing. Once nerves kick in and the heart starts to pump, it is almost as if there is only enough breath left to leap behind the curtains and disappear. Well stop! Because if you learn to breath deeply and control your breathing a couple of weeks before you perform live, youll be able to sing without worry.

A microphone is positioned in front of your mouth in order for the audience to hear your singing. Not the snorts, grunts and heavy sighs which might boom out scarily inbetween. Practice makes perfect, as they say, and it is a good idea to borrow as many willing ears and listeners as you can before you hit a stage; and dont forget to ask them if they notice any oddities with your breathing through the speakers.

4. Focus on no-one and embrace everyone.

I cant stress the importance of this. I once attended a gig where the lead singer appeared to stare at a fire hydrant in the corner of the room, throughout his whole rendition. What was he thinking? Its a good idea to view the crowd but dont hold your gaze at any one person for more than a few seconds. The point of this is so that you do not make any person in the crowd feel uncomfortable, and also, for nervous singers, if any one person in the crowd appears to be doing something strange (like picking their nose!) you may not be able to continue singing without wanting to laugh!

Many times I have spotted this type of thing and had to close my eyes to regain control of myself. However, laughter very much got the better of me when I was mid-way through a love song in a cushy little restaurant, when a tourist appeared out of nowhere and ambled up to me in some state of confusion. He then tried to catch my attention and appeared to be trying to ask me where the mens room was! Well, of course, some folks in the crowd laughed at this, and so I couldnt help break my vocal serenity for just a moment to produce a cackle!

But be warned, the strangest things can happen on a stage, so dont concentrate on one person alone, perform to the entire room.

5. Get the sound right!

As the vocalist, it is your duty to make the entire song come alive, no matter how good or bad the musical backing may be! If youre drowned out, make the engineers or the rest of the band tone it down. If youre unable to hear yourself you can place a small single monitor speaker right in front of you which will feed your vocals right back to you. Check all possibilities of feedback before you perform live. A little dose of a feedback mishap is tolerable, but your crowd wont be happy to go home with pierced ear drums.

The acoustics of sound vary from room to room and even the size of the room makes a difference, and then again, right down to how many people are in the room at the time, (people absorb frequencies did you know that?) You may very well have to increase the main volume, if the room becomes very full.

At the end of the day dont be too fussy or picky, and collaborate nicely with the rest of the band, unless you want a flying drumstick to pierce you in the neck! Speak as you would like to be spoken to when levelling with the band, its the best way to sort things out.

6. Make the microphone work for you.

Choose a good dynamic microphone and make sure all the microphone levels and positioning are sorted out well in advance. Many singers worst fear is that the microphone will quit working; fall on the floor or worse, fly across the room and whack someone on the head!

Only kidding about the last one! Well I never heard it happen yet!

Make the microphone do your job probably, not hinder it. The only point of the microphone is to make your voice loud enough to reach the ears of every one in the room. Thats it. (Plus the nice little reverb effect gives it a dreamy and effective delay.) But the whole point is not to be afraid of the beast and to use it to your advantage.

Some singers like to hold their mics in their hands (a little dangerous with very expensive microphones that pick up the slightest sound or tap). Others like to use a microphone stand (far safer, plus why would you want to miss your Freddie Mercury moment when you thrust it up high in the air!)

All in all, new singers should practice with a stand; when confidence and ability improve you can move around with your microphone with ease.

7. Dont forget to smile.

There is nothing worse than a really miserable expression, and if youre singing a joyful song, (and looking like youre vacuuming the carpet,) it is really going to have an adverse effect on your crowd. But did you know that facial expressions when singing is another art in itself?

Do not smile like youre face to face listening to your mother-in-law, (through gritted teeth)! Nor should you smile like you just saw an apparition of the holy mother of God.

Something in-between is probably appropriate.

It is a good idea to drop the smile when singing a sad love song; you really want to evoke that sad emotion in your listener too. Throw your feelings into your face and let the rest just happen.

Hopefully these 'seven sins to avoid' will bring your on-stage performance to life, and help you to keep practicing until you get it just right. You will most definitely know when that happens, and thats when you have more live bookings lined up than enough days of the week to perform them in!

Happy singing!

Carla Acheson is a musician, and freelance writer for a variety of subjects, mainly the independent music industry. She is the Director of Independent Record Label, and the Assistant Editor for news site

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