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BLACKBIRD FLY

We fell in love with this song by Volary and chose to cover it in the hopes of cheering up Sam. Follow her journey here: http://unfamousblog.tumblr.com/

Letting Go of Perfection

As I come to the end of a four-year recording project, I look back on vocal tracks I did two years ago versus a month ago. The difference is striking. After trying so many versions of the same song, I have come to understand something so fundamental but which has eluded me for years:


A good vocal track is not about being perfect.


I am a classically trained chorus girl ‘til the end. I’ve spent my entire musical career aiming to sound as perfect as possible. And while I have managed to make an impression on many, I know now that this attitude held me back from truly finding my voice and delivering my message.


To let go of perfection is to let go of fear.


I recently played at Volary’s (@unfamousblogmusic video release party. Keeping in mind the things I had learned during the recording process, I didn’t push my voice too hard, but instead let it settle into its “sweet spot”. I used my eyes to communicate with the audience, which instantly translated through my voice. I playfully played with dynamics, which kept my listeners’ interest.


Enveloping myself in the song’s message, my voice became expressive in a way that it never could if I simply thought “sing expressively”. I don’t know if I sang any wrong notes because there were no wrong notes.


The biggest difference though, was how firmly I now believed in the songs. In the past, I have often rushed through my tunes with the mindset that I have to fit in as many as possible before people get bored. But after recording them and hearing them with lush string arrangements, I knew that, as long as I hear those parts in my mind, the pared down versions would hold up. And they did! The trick was to not be impatient with them and to give them room to breathe.


True, many other factors came together to help create this magical set. The audience was extremely receptive and patient (there were plenty of technical delays which they happily drank through), and I had received a great introduction. But I would like to think that, should circumstances not be so forgiving, I would be just as confident in my delivery having learned these lessons.

Volaris to fly to New York (JFK) from Guadalajara

Volaris to fly to New York (JFK) from Guadalajara

Volaris (Mexico City) announced today a new nonstop route to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from Guadalajara, starting on July 15, 2015.

Volaris has consolidated as the carrier with the greatest international connectivity from Guadalajara, where it now operates 20 international and 18 domestic flights, and to date has transported 16 million passengers, a number on the rise as a…

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Brunswick ‎– BL 754210.
Tony Valor Sounds Orchestra ‎– Gotta Get It.
Bass – Frank Stevens, Jolyon Skinner.
Congas – Roger Canterbury.
Drums – “Satin Soul” Mike Volaris, Derek Ventura.
Guitar – Edward Aaron, Frank Stevens, Steve Marin.
Keyboards – Carl Ericson, Orin Canterbury.
Percussion – James Mathias.
Vocals – Derek Ventura, Frank Stevens, James Mathias, Maryann Farra, Tony Valor.

Productivo fin de semana en Phoenix para James Nides

El saldo que dejó la primera fecha de NASCAR México fue de más experiencia para el piloto del auto #9 VOLARIS-CentroDinámicoPegaso, James Nides, quien a pesar de sufrir algunos percances logró conseguir colarse al sitio 17, lo que fue bueno en términos generales para como se presentó la carrer…