Now how in the hell am I gonna stay that way?
By Geoffrey Kidwell (actor)
Well...the Bee is officially open!
We are having a blast and our audiences - despite being of an advanced age - are rolling in the aisles with laughter each night.
Sidenote: Every night when I sit in my little speller's chair and hear that audience laugh I really am reminded of how fortunate I am to be working and bringing joy to people. I could do the show for a very long time and not get tired of it. No bullshit.
But back to me. Oh wait...we were talking about me. Whatever.
If you remember from last week's post, I was sick with a double whammy of strep throat and scarlet fever when we opened. It was as horrible as it sounds but I got through it.
But now here's the challenge:
How do I maintain my resurgent health?
- Get lots of rest. And by "lots of rest," I mean that most nights when the show ends at 10:00, I'm in bed by 10:30/10:45 at the latest and then I sleep til about 8:00. In fact, I'm finding that sleep has quickly become the most important tool in my healthy singer's toolbox. Don't believe me? Well fuck you then. I'm kidding. If you don't believe me take a look at this. That's from Dummies.com. They know their stuff.
- Ixnay on the on the oozbay. This one is tough for me to accept. Everyone who knows me knows that I like to have a stiff gin martini once or five times a day. Well, not when I gonna screlt high A's eight times a week. I just doesn't work out when alcohol is involved.
- Drink a shit ton of water. I'm serious. Your pee should be clear. The. End.
- Stop the yelling. Yes, I know your boyfriend is a complete asshole and deserves his nightly bitching out. But the truth is that you have a show to do. Save it up til after the run. Or better yet, let your fists doing the talking.
- Don't obsess over your voice. Go ahead and be aware of what you're doing to your body - more specifically to your vocal chords. But don't go crazy. Remember that stress is not going to help you sing like the pretty princess you are. You've gotta stay calm. If you wake up in the morning and you sound like Barry White, just take it easy on yourself. Warm up slowly. It'll come.
- Don't marry Bobby Brown. Don't believe me? Ask Whitney Houston's family.
The voice is a tender little thing. So be nice to it.
You'll thank me when you've got your Tony...and if you don't I'll come to your house and cause a problem.
AND NOW...THE WEEK IN WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!!
Y'all know I love me some Whitney Houston. But let's face it. She is the best example of how important it is to take care of your voice. The woman had the voice of an angel - at least my idea of what an angel would sound like. But sadly, towards the end of her life, her once crystaline voice had become raspy and tired. Yes, it was still full of life and passion. In some ways it was very beautiful. But strictly speaking, it was a damaged voice. Here she is is 2010 singing, I Look To You. It's not a bad performance. She even sounds good at times, but it sounds like a struggle.