Chakras and singing

[Editor’s note: Kirk Averitt is a conductor, vocalist and educator and is relatively new to the Listerhood. He has brought us some intriguing ideas and different ways to think about singing. Here, Kirk shares some of his recent experiences with yoga and chakra theory. We encourage you to join in the conversation by commenting below. … Read more

Flying lesson

This is you, although it might not feel like it right now. The trick is, if you stop believing, you’ll stop flapping. You’ll forget how to glide. And flying will seem further and further out of reach. Believe. Be ready to glide when you feel the air shift. We’ll be flying again soon enough.

Are you decorating yet?

Prepping for our upcoming unSUNg concert, a very multicultural affair, Ariel and I have been exploring a number of ways that people celebrate different parts of December. It’s also led to no small bit of nostalgia. When I was growing up, my mother bought two gorgeous cross stitch Advent calendars as kits in Solvang, each … Read more

Coronavirus and the arts

It’s been a very rough week, and with Governor Gavin Newsom’s Wednesday night mandate that all gatherings of 250 people or more be canceled, at least through March 31st, most arts events across the state are on lockdown. We’ve posted today’s announcement from LA’s Music Center, closing all of the DTLA hub’s performing arts venues, … Read more

Don’t forget the silly

With viruses and freelancer laws and politics and life and speed bumps and obligations and schedules and budgets and closures and more, there are a lot of reasons to be serious right now. Don’t let it go too far. Grab a reason to cut loose at least once a day, just for the sake of … Read more

Hands up!

The theme of the week seems to be “don’t panic, but do prepare”. And with one of the weirdest and newsy flu seasons in recent memory, there’s plenty of chatter. However, the CDC and other reliable sources offer some pretty simple advice, which is nicely summed up by this article from NPR and the video … Read more

Recap: News you mighta missed

The world rarely arrives in sonata form… we could all use a good recap. New releases With Christmas listening and gift-giving so close at hand, this is the perfect time to pick up some new manifestations of holiday favorites. Don’t depend on radio and Spotify to fill your ears this season. Local entities have put … Read more

Take care

This adorable little guy has the right idea… Once we get into November, the fall schedule for most performers gets increasingly hectic. And of course, we’re heading into cold and flu season, to boot. While you may have already had a flu shot and stocked up on Robitussin, this is the time to double down … Read more

Recap: News you mighta missed

The week rarely arrives in sonata form… but we could still use a good recap. Bravos! You never know where your voice may take you, and longtime Lister / singer-songwriter Amy Engelhardt can testify to that better than most. The sopralto was picked to lead a loquacious group of nuns to promote the Amazon adaptation … Read more

Seasons greetings! (The other kind)

While Halloween itself isn’t necessarily a huge working holiday for vocal types, the days after Halloween are actually quite busy for local churches. Watch out for carefully rehearsed requiems of all sorts — even the Franken-kind! See one of the CCMN selections below… There are quite a few events in this arena on our calendar, and more in … Read more

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