Do Re Mi Fa So La TeeDotally
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.