Agile Vocalist

A Singer's Odyssey Into Sound

Agile Vocalist is a blog about sound for anyone willing to give themselves space to be curious, creative, and to explore the connection between sound and our humanity.

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Agile Vocalist Blogcast, Part 2: Jennifer Hollis & Music-Thanatology

How music thanatology can be effective both at the beside of dying patients as well as in person. Harp lady Jennifer Hollis shares her wisdom and and insights on the labor of saying goodbye to loved ones and the deep work escalating mortality from Covid has put the world through in the past year.

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Agile Vocalist Blogcast:  Joshua Silverstein

Agile Vocalist Blogcast: Joshua Silverstein

Award-winning actor, comic, writer, beatboxer, and educator, Joshua Silverstein shares his sound artist story with Agile Vocalist. Joshua used beatboxing as a way to stage on stage at a young age, eventually using it to conquer a speech impediment and help him become an inspiring artist and educator for others.

The Psychology of Covers

The Psychology of Covers

Pleasure. Comfort. Familiarity. Novelty. Something you love being recrafted in pleasant or disturbing ways. I, like millions of others, have a “thing” for cover songs. I have learned recently that if I’m out somewhere in public and music is playing, my brain cannot...

Weaponizing Sound

Weaponizing Sound

What sounds narrated your child or young adulthood? For me, taking back space for myself came when I learned how to zaghareet (use sound to fight back against an embarrasing father).

Introducing ~ ~ ~ Agile Vocalist

Introducing ~ ~ ~ Agile Vocalist

In the height of California’s drought, a seed called Agile Vocalist washed into my brain. I didn’t think of it in with those words. I called the original concept “Wasting Water.” It was a simple contemplation:  what could be done with sound in a place where my inner...

From Song to Cookie Exploder

Sound lovers who enjoy Song Exploder, a series about music by Hrishikesh Hirway will also enjoy his graphic novel, Cookie Exploder about his work in sound, along with his relationship with his father.

Agile Vocalist Blogcast: Joshua Silverstein

Award-winning actor, comic, writer, beatboxer, and educator, Joshua Silverstein shares his sound artist story with Agile Vocalist. Joshua used beatboxing as a way to stage on stage at a young age, eventually using it to conquer a speech impediment and help him become an inspiring artist and educator for others.

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Agile Vocalist is a look into my experiences as a singer embracing the world of sound. It is part memoir, and part stories and interviews with other creatives whose lives and work touch what we hear. Agile Vocalist is for the curious, creative, and those who believe stories can help nurture our humanity.

Agile Vocalist is created with love by Rachel D. Medanic

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