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I've sung in the sterile and very solitary space of recording isolation booths, many smoky and beer-soaked bars, and also some some very unusual settings before. Probably the strangest was the chapel of the mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fox Hills, CA. In that case, five minutes before the service I was asked to sing Ave Maria (the lyrics of which I didn't know)
After the sound check I spent some time with my family and a friend who was kind enough to drive us to the Rose Garden - the Blazers/Clippers game was the day after the big snow that snarled traffic (thus crowding the bars and restaurants of Portland to their bursting point), and we frankly weren't sure we'd make it if the temp dropped again (see Melissa's
Approximately 2 hours before tip-off, Jennifer walks you through a sound check, guiding you and your guests through the entrance and onto the court where the players are warming up, running plays.
The sound check not only gives the audio guys a good feel for the mic level, it gives you a chance to get a feel for the arena, a chance to practice finding your
Sang the anthem last night at the Rose Garden Arena and wow, it was an amazing experience! If you're not a singer and you just sort of wonder how someone ends up singing the Star Spangled Banner in the middle of a crowded arena - read on - and for you singers -
The Trail Blazers hold anthem auditions every September - start checking the FAQ site
I've been a fan of the Trailblazers for about ten years now and didn't know they actually had open tryouts to sing the National Anthem until it was too late to audition last year. This year - I made sure to look for a notice on the Blazer site at the end of summer. I'm very excited to have the opportunity!
I'll be singing tonight as the
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