Nov 05

Vocal Warmups – Day 5

Send toast to ten tense stout saints’ ten tall tents.

They hatch fish at the state fish hatchery and sell hatched fish to the fish stick factory.

‘Three Swedish switched witches watch three Swiss Swatch watch switches.
Which Swedish switched witch watches which Swiss Swatch watch switch ?

Its effects as a _sternutatory_, i. e. as exciting to sneeze, are known
to all. If applied to the nostrils, in the form of a powder or snuff, it
produces violent and repeated sneezing, with a slight degree of vertigo.
The violent agitation produced in this way, together with a copious
discharge from the nostrils, often relieves catarrh, headache, and
incipient opthalmia or inflammation of the eyes. But habit soon blunts
the sensibility of the organs, and much positive injury follows the
habitual use of snuff. It has been a popular remedy in many places for
the cure of scald-head, psora, and most other cutaneous eruptions. It
has also been applied for cleansing ulcers, and for the removal of
indolent tumors. But the dreadful effects produced by it when absorbed
into the system, have induced most medical men to abandon it altogether,
and prescribe a more safe application.

Nov 04

Vocal Warmups – Day Four

How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

Now, if Theophilus thistle, the successful thistle sifter,
While sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles,
Thrust three thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb,
See that thou, while sifting a sieve full of unsifted thistles
Thrust not three thousand thistles through the thick of thy thumb.

From The Madman
Kahlil Gibran

When it is day with thee, my friend, it is night with me; yet even
then I speak of the noontide that dances upon the hills and of
the purple shadow that steals its way across the valley; for thou
canst not hear the songs of my darkness nor see my wings beating
against the stars–and I fain would not have thee hear or see.  I
would be with night alone.

When thou ascendest to thy Heaven I descend to my Hell–even then
thou callest to me across the unbridgeable gulf, “My companion, my
comrade,” and I call back to thee, “My comrade, my companion”–for
I would not have thee see my Hell.  The flame would burn thy eyesight
and the smoke would crowd thy nostrils.  And I love my Hell too
well to have thee visit it.  I would be in Hell alone.

Nov 03

Vocal Warmups – Day 3

How many boards
Could the Mongols hoard
If the Mongol hordes got bored?

A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place where a plaice is pleased to be placed.

Gloria Groot glued a groat to Gregory’s goat.

Measure for Measure
Act I Scene 2
Claudio
I have done so, but he’s not to be found.
I prithee, Lucio, do me this kind service;
This day my sister should the cloister enter,
And there receive her approbation.
Acquaint her with the danger of my state;
Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends
To the strict deputy, bid herself assay him.
I have great hope in that, in for her youth
There is a prone and speechless dialect,
Such as move men, beside, she hath prosperous art
When she will play with reason and discourse,
And well she can persuade.

Nov 02

Vocal Warmups – Day 2

I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.

I need not your needles, they’re needless to me;
For kneading of noodles, ’twere needless, you see;
But did my neat knickers but need to be kneed,
I then should have need of your needles indeed.

The Second Part of Henry the Sixth
Act V  Scene 1
The King:
Why, Warwick, hath thy knee forgot to bow?
Old Salisbury, shame to thy silver hair,
Thou mad misleader of thy brain-sick son!
What, wilt thou on thy death-bed play the ruffian,
And seek for sorrow with thy spectacles?
O, where is faith? O, where is loyalty?
If it be banished from the frosty head,
Where shall it find harbor in the earth?
Wilt thou go dig a grave to find out war,
And shame thine honorable age with blood?
Why art thou old ,and want’st experience?
Or wherefor dost abuse it if thou hast it?
For shame, in duty bend thy knee to me
That bows unto the grave with mickle age.

Oct 19

Vocal Warmups Day One

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Out of his hole to steal he stole,
His bag of chink and chunk
And many a wicked smile he smole,
And many a wink he wunk.

A kiss is the anatomical juxtaposition
of two orbicularis oris muscles
in a state of contraction.

Racing this way and that with lips pursed,
Pushkin placed ottomans oddly askew,
knowing many men tired from trudging fens found solace
sharing sitting space throughout the inn.

— As You Like It    Act I Scene 2   Celia
Herein , I see thou lov’st me not with the full weight that I love thee.
If my uncle, thy banish’d father, had banish’d thy uncle, the Duke my father,
so thou hads’t been still with me, i could have taught my love
to take thy father for mine; so wouldst thou, if the truth of thy love
to me were so righteously temper’d as mine is to thee.