Terri Doty

Whether I’m singing or doing voiceover, warming up is important. Everyone has their way of doing it.

Personally, I’ve got a soft spot for my old choir & theater warm-ups:

“Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do” 

To sit in solemn silence on a dull, dark dock in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock from a cheap and chippy chopper on a big, black block”

As much as I love them, I can’t do these (and others like it) all the time. If I did, they would get stale.

That’s where “La La Lah” comes in. That’s the name of my warm-up playlist and I’m fully aware of how silly the name is. It’s an eclectic mix of 200+ songs.

Care to share some of your playlist, Terri?

… Hitting shuffle on “La La Lah” and…

#1 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics is probably one of my favorite songs & it just happens to be a go-to when it comes to warming up. Why? Because it’s awesome, duh.

#2 Though I love many songs by Nancy Sinatra, I actually sang These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ for choir in junior high. Years later, I’m singing it solo before sessions.

#3 I heard Aloe Blacc perform I Need A Dollar when he was on Conan & I’ve been in love with his voice ever since. If you haven’t heard of him, you’re missing out.

#4 If Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa is on & you’re near me, prepare to witness something quite special… Or insane. Either way, I’ve been told it’s pretty entertaining.

#5 Pretty much anything on the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog soundtrack is “La La Lah” worthy. I Cannot Believe My Eyes allows me to play with different registers and that’s always fun.

Random, I know. That’s just the way I like it!

And don’t hate on my selections. If they’re not your cup of tea, don’t listen. Simple.

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