Posts Tagged ‘music’

  • Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What: Mandy Harvey

    Jan 8, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Music, Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts CenterComments Off on Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What: Mandy HarveyRead More »

    Hope. Dream. Believe. No Matter What. By Kate Howell   Her message is universal: “Hope. Dream. Believe. No matter what.” Mandy Harvey is an award-winning jazz and pop singer-songwriter who turned a pivotal life event into her strongest asset. In 2007 due to a connective tissue disorder she completely lost her residual hearing at the age of eighteen. Mandy made the difficult decision to leave the music program at Colorado State University forfeiting her lifelong dream of becoming a music teacher. Following a subsequent bout of depression, Mandy pursued several career options but returned to her original love —music— in 2008. As fans of TV’s juggernaut America’s Got Talent will recall, Mandy made a tremendous impact in 2017 as a “Golden Buzzer Winner”. Given the opportunity to go directly to the competition’s live rounds, she eventually placed fourth and became the breakout star of the show’s twelfth season. Since then, her career has skyrocketed, and she’s been touring and performing nonstop. “I’ve only been home maybe three days a month. It’s a lot of travel.” Hard of hearing throughout her childhood, Mandy began singing in a local choir at the age of four as a way to express herself. The choir also served as an outlet for her to understand all the words that were being spoken. “I had to get close to the piano to hear the pitch,” she

  • Who’s musical? Hint: Everyone

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Column6,340 CommentsRead More »

    By Jonathan Best Go outside and listen to the musical terrain. Start walking and listen to it change as you take part in its rhythm. The terrain is vast. It extends as far as the ear can hear. Listen to the distant reaches. Maybe there’s a chainsaw barely audible in the mountains trading riffs with a cocker spaniel in the second floor apartment to your left. Keep walking and notice the rhythm in your step. Listen to its relationship to the sounds around you. Now listen to the music in your head. To hear it you might have to quiet your mind, which can be pretty loud and overpowering. This can take some practice to hear the music in your head. The first step is to trust that it’s there. Where does that music come from? My belief is that it’s built in. It’s part of the design. Our bodies are designed to make music. We depend on rhythm to stay alive. Our hearts beat a rhythm to get the blood circulated throughout our bodies. Our lungs need to be in sync with our hearts. And there is a melody to our breath. Walking and running rely on rhythm. So does eating. Our bodies compose music day and night whether we know it or not. We also rely on music to stay connected with one another. Once you start paying

  • Notes on notation: How can there be wrong notes when there aren’t any notes at all?

    Apr 4, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Column6,443 CommentsRead More »

    By Jonathan Best “The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.”  — Thelonius Monk I’m always on the lookout for things that get in the way of us being our complete musical selves. If we identify these blocks, we can learn to dance around them. And we can sing while we dance. One of the blocks is notation. It affects us all — even those of us who don’t read or try to read music. That’s because notation affects the way our culture perceives music. We think of music as inherently more complex than it really is. It can be complex if we want it to be, but so can conversation and that doesn’t stop most of us from speaking. Music notation and music complexity evolved together. The first notes were simply reminders, which is why they were called “notes.” Notes took many forms over the course of centuries from places like Mesopotamia to ancient Greece, but the trajectory that led to modern Western notation started in the middle of the ninth century. People wrote diagonal lines called “neumes” above the words of poems set to music to indicate where the melody went up or down. It took another 50 years to place the neumes at varying heights above the words to suggest the shape of the melody. Then people started drawing horizontal lines to really zero in on the pitch

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