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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KIM!!!! KIM STERN IS… Kim Stern is… Invested, Supportive, Observant, Attentive, Resourceful, Patient, So, so smart, An incredible communicator, A human encyclopedia of musical theory, technique and songs, Generous of mind, heart and spirit, So much fun, … Continue reading
EFFORT VERSUS ENERGY (part deux) Today I admitted something to Kim. When I watch singers sometimes I secretly think their physicality is over the top. But I’m starting to learn that’s not true. As Kim pointed out, you see an … Continue reading
EFFORT VERSUS ENERGY (part 1) Kim talks to me a lot about using more energy and less effort. This week I came back from family vacation with still more family in tow. There has been lots of running around New … Continue reading
SINGING IS ATHLETIC Transcript from today’s lesson: KS: ”What kind of exercise do you do?” KY: ”You mean like working out?” KS: ”Yeah.” Kim then asked me to sing a belty song while doing push ups against the wall and … Continue reading
FINDING THE JOY Kim teaches practical technique, but she also encourages something deeper. She’s about the business of mining free communicative expression using the human voice. That’s much trickier than just saying, “lift your soft palette”. But this week, everything … Continue reading
NO PRIVACY I live in a NYC apartment which means I have many neighbors and paper thin walls. I’m actively aware of this anytime I’m singing (or trying to sleep). In the back of my mind, I’m thinking, “ug, I … Continue reading
OLD HABITS My family is from Houston, Texas (hurray, H-Town!). And every summer I vacation with them on the beach. This summer this has affected my singing in two ways. A) I drop right back into that Houston accent (which … Continue reading
INSPIRATION Watch Kristin Chenoweth warm up. ”Challenge me”, she says. ~ Kimberly Y.
TRUST THE PROCESS There are so many things to think about. “Is my breath low, is my breath stacked, am I breathing at all, are my shoulders relaxed, how about my knees, is my jaw dropped, what’s happening with my … Continue reading