Think outside the Musicbox By ShalenaD.I.V.A
The Happy Hour Section of D.I.V.A Polish offers you suggestions on how to become more well-rounded so that you are able to represent yourself well around others. There’s nothing worse than a woman who sounds stupid when she speaks…ugh! You have to broaden your horizons by exposing yourself to new things so you’ll have a killer conversation during happy hour, cocktail parties, or any other situation inwhich you may find yourself. This week, we’ll discuss the benefits of expanding your musical tastes.
I pride myself on being able to talk to almost anyone on the planet (given an interpreter) because I’m constantly learning about things that will make me more knowledgeable. I don’t like not knowing what I’m talking about because the words that come out of my mouth are a reflection of who I am. I try to learn a little bit about everything because I’ll never know when I have to draw upon something to break the ice or find a common interest with someone. This skill is extremely important for networking. People will be so impressed that you are so cultured and well rounded. While on a cruise in Mexico, I realized the important bond music can create.
For those who know me, it’s no surprise that I auditioned for the cruiseships’ Karaoke contest. I sang Aretha Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T!.” The winner of the auditions sang in the grande finale show at the end of the cruise. While auditioning, I couldn’t help notice all the white men who wanted to sing a Garth Brooks song “Friends in Low Places.” Prior to these auditions, I never heard of this song and I only heard of Garth Brooks’ name in passing. After hearing the song sang 20 times, I knew the entire song and really liked it. When folks would see me singing along to the song, never missing a word, they would come over to me and strike up an interesting conversation. When I got back from the cruise, I started collecting more Garth Brooks music. I realized that his music, like other country music told stories that I could relate to. I started appreciating that style of music more. I quickly feel in love with Carrie Underwood, too. I love her song “Before He Cheats.” For all you women out there who still believe in slashing your cheating ex’s tires, you’ll love this song. This is the country version of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows.” LOL!
Why I am sharing this with you? The answer is simple. I can now talk to someone who loves country music and hold an intelligent conversation that could foster a mutually benefical business relationship. I don’t mean any harm, but I guarantee you that if you go out to Karaoke with some white male coworkers, one of them will attempt to sing this song! It’s a very popular Karaoke song. Get the jump on them, request that they sing the song. They will be sooo impressed fellow D.I.V.A! Check out Garth brook’s song “Friends in Low Places.” This isn’t the actual video for the song, I’m not sure if there is a video for it. Just listen to the words. The poor guy shows up at his ex’s wedding in dirty boots with a broken heart. Enjoy!
I like classical music, too. I actually took classical singing lessons at Temple University’s School of Music. My instructor told me that I had talent, but I stopped taking lessons. I’m seriously considering going back because I miss singing in the classical style. I remember the first time I heard a Leontyne Price song. Tears gathered in the wells of my eyes. Her voice touched my soul. If you ever want to hear a true diva, listen to Maria Callas. She was the original diva. But I want to introduce you all to a special classical singer, a friend of mine. Marlissa Hudson is a fabulous soprano and a passionate singer. In this aria, she is an incredibly innocent, naive young woman named Gilda who is literally consumed with her love for a man. If only she realized he was a philandering woman-eater! How many women can relate to that?!? Check her out at www.marlissahudson.com.
Finally, I fell in love with Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing.” While I was pregnant, I used to sing this song to KC. Amazingly, he would squirm in my stomach whenever I played this song. I play it for him now every so often. We enjoy it together.
Ladies, think outside the musicbox.
Can you recommend any other great music or singers we can listen to to expand our musical genres?
Remember, everything has beauty–including YOU. It just takes a true D.I.V.A to see it!
© 2011, Shalena D.I.V.A.- Unleash the D.I.V.A. Within. All rights reserved.
Originally posted 2010-05-23 17:22:17.
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