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Introduce myself and a thought about art

Hello guys, I am L D Sledge. This is my first post on IAC and I intend to post regularly. I am a writer, author, poet, copywriter, visual artist and mess with a piano keyboard, guitar and a couple of other things as a mediocre player. But I love making visual and physical art whether it is an oil or acrylic canvas, a great shot with my camera, piano melody, a flower arrangement or a string of words on a page or pages that gives that joyous heart bursting joy of having flowed something extraordinary. It is all art, whether a fleeting shadow or a childhood memory of geese flying across a great yellow winter moon, with their lonely cries in the night, or the scent of a rose. This world is a sumptuous feast of eye, ear and sensual candy just waiting to be slurped up. It is all candy to me.

The test is not technical perfection. The test is if it creates an emotional impact on the observer. What impact does the Pieta have on you? If you have seen it, as I have, in situ, right there before my eyes, you would receive a palpable impact, as I did. Even looking at a picture of it does that. The artist imbued that marble with his very spirit that lives on and on in the stone, singing its beautiful melody through every molecule and atom of its self transferred through the hammer and chisel of a great artist.

But an artist, whether a writer or painter, makes a serious mistake at trying to create this impact on others. If a writer writes to please others, to make money, as a vanity exercise or as a effort to make an impression on others, it changes the essence of the form to something other than real art in my opinion. An artist must just open the doors and let it out, flowing, without concern of any other person or mind of others, except to please the artist and to make sure it speaks a language that can be understood.

Iris

Too much individuality makes it unintelligible, and a thing that renders itself even ugly to my mind and it has an instant effect the moment I lay eyes on it. I went to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg recently, in hopes of seeing something deserving of the publicity. Sorry. His work is strange, kind of scary, gross in a way, certainly not something that you can take away feeling inspired, delighted or aesthetically gratified. He just made lots of noise with melting clocks, etc. There were two or three very excellent pieces, like the Last Supper, which was inspired. And no double he was a fantastic artist. I see good artists waste it on gross, ugly, scary things. That is just my viewpoint.

Art should communicate, create a “good” impact that makes a person better for the experience, taking away a good feeling, free, happy and loving life more than before. How to do that? Just be yourself, and if it is ugly, it may be beautiful to you; don’t fret over it.  Just let it out. Let your art be you. You live on as you in your art. It is your communication line, you have given it life through your brush or pen or fingers on the strings. It may make them feel good, laugh or cry for joy, (maybe not) but just be you, you are eyecandy. But most of all. Just do it. 

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Is Criticism Ever Really “Constructive?”

Is Criticism Ever Really “Constructive?”

With out having a solvable solution to the mistakes, criticisms make you feel less in control, keep you from performing at your best AND consequently, cause you to sing, speak and perform worse!

Criticism is about finding fault with someone. At Voicercise, we believe in building up an artist and helping them to expand their abilities so they can better perform in ways they can’t imagine.

“My daughter quickly learned how to get her voice to a higher range and she has learned how to sing intricate RnB runs. Her singing has definitely improved and she has so much fun during her lessons.”  – Alahni White

Putting your attention in something that’s wrong, without the correct fix, will usually juts create a deeper lack of confidence.

A Voicercise coach, on the other hand, understands the underlying strengths that need to be worked so that any weaknesses just disappear along the way.

“My daughter has been attending classes here for just a few months and they have done an awesome job. She’s built her confidence and learned new techniques. She always has such a great time with during her lessons too.”  Betty Nolan

Criticism causes stress that can negatively change your life forever. Without the proper singing lessons to correct the damage, your vocal machinery starts to loose strength and as a result causing you a lose vocal ability and control.

Roxy Miller
Voicercise
Owner – Vocal Coach

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Bob Dylan “Blowin’ In The Wind”

Here is a piece that was written by arguably the most influential poet of the late 20th Century. I used to perform it — a lot — in the late 60’s and 70’s. So simple. So powerful. So pertinent right now. It deals not just with war and social injustice. More importantly, it deals metaphorically with truth as an undeniable fundamental, and of seeing what is truly happening around you.

“Blowin’ In The Wind”

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

–Bob Dylan

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Wonderful Voicercise Testimonials

“This is our first experience with voice lessons, and we have been extremely happy with the progress our daughter has made in singing. First and foremost, our daughter enjoys lessons with Roxy and looks forward to her weekly lessons.

Secondly, we have seen a confidence growing inside of our Elena due to the lessons. Roxy is personable, genuine, professional and above all a delight and the best to work with, we love her!”  E.R.

 

“She’s the Best Vocal Coach in Pinellas County!”

“Awesome vocal coach. Helps you work with what you have and gives you the tools and support to drastically improve on the kind of music YOU wanna sing.” J.D.

 

“We reached out to Roxy to help our seven year old daughter prepare for a Shine Talent Show in Orlando. Within a few lessons, we noticed the difference on her voices range.

Before, she would go up on stage, hold the mic, look at everyone and cry. We had no idea at that point she had stage fright.

We contacted Roxy and explained the issue we encountered.

Roxy simply said, “We can fix that.” Sure enough at her next recital with Roxy, Bianca performed AMAZINGLY. So much confidence built, we couldn’t believe it!

Roxy is positive, energetic, patient, calm, experienced and accommodating. I just can’t say enough positive things about her!” B.T.C.

“I used to not be able to hear the notes, and now I know the steps to follow to make sure I am singing on key.

I didn’t think that would ever happen.

Voicercise knows exactly what you need and when you need it.

From the moment she hears, she’s like “Okay, alright this is what you need.”

It’s an awesome feeling, now when I sing at my church, people turn around and tell me they’ve noticed an improvement and ask me what I’m doing. ” W.O.W.

Visit Voicercise to find out more!