Let Me Sing and I'm Happy

Let Me Sing and I'm Happy

The Memoir and Handbook of a Singing Actress

Joan Morris

Hardback
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Pendragon Press

Overview

Overview

This book is the history of an actress who sings popular songs. It is also a handbook detailing an approach to bringing the song to life.
From her first Grammy-nominated album in 1974 of early 20th-century popular songs, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris built a 40-plus year career researching and performing the Great American Songbook. As Bolcom and Morris, she and her husband and musical partner, composer and pianist William Bolcom (Pulitzer Prize, 1988) have performed in venues from Alice Tully Hall in New York and Jordan Hall in Boston to concerts in Lisbon, Florence, London, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Cairo, among many others throughout the US and Canada.

This book begins with a short autobiographical journey and then offers step-by-step descriptions of the many aspects of performing, from character development to choreography. Love of words and stories led Joan Morris into a long career of singing, acting, and teaching -- a history she is delighted to share with readers.

"Something my husband and collaborator, William Bolcom, and I have always done before going into the recording studio is to try out the songs for an album in a live concert, to see how they feel to us and how the audience reacts. When we first tried out the songs chosen for After the Ball in concert in Ann Arbor, I realized I could strut like Eva Tanguay for "I Don't Care,' I could flirt with the audience in Anna Held's 'I Just Can't Make My Eyes Behave,' and I could preen and show off in Blanche Ring's 'I've Got Rings on My Fingers.' I could call on both my acting and singing chops to put over each song like the miniature drama it is. This book is to help singers achieve their own personal interpretations in both popular and classical repertoire."--JOAN MORRIS

Since 1973 JOAN MORRIS, mezzo-soprano, has concertized with her husband and accompanist, William Bolcom, singing popular songs from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s and '30s, the latest songs by Leiber and Stoller, and cabaret songs by Bolcom and poet-lyricist Arnold Weinsten.

Details

November 2018
160 pages
9x6 in
Lives in Music
ISBN: 9781576473146
Format: Hardback
Pendragon Press
BIC AV
BISAC MUS020000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Early Me
Moving to New York
Meeting Bill
After the Ball
Building a Character ("Bill")
Emotional Memory ("Can't We Be Friends")
Memorization: Learning Lerner & Loewe and Lydia ("I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore" and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady")
Physical Movement and Gestures ("I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise")
Comedy Songs ("My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "Some Little Bug" and "Humphrey Bogart")
Dramatic Songs ("It Never Entered My Mind" and "More Than You Know")
Time, Get Out of My Hair
Programming
Encores and Programming Miscues ("Lime Jellow Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise")
Nerves
Political Correctness ("Frog Song," "My Castle on the Nile")
Vocal Techniques in Popular Style ("Ten Cents a Dance")
A Word to Classically Trained Pianists from William Bolcom
Concert Preparation
Acknowledgments