O Mio Babbino Caro

My descent back into music has been a hard one. I haven’t had a very easy road, but it’s okay. It had me stronger. While I was still playing around with the idea of coming back into music I saw a video that, literally, changed my life. I had heard about a performer named Sissel and many people had told me before I had left music that I sounded just like her. So I decided to look her up.

For those of you who don’t know who Sissel is, here is super short background. She’s a Norwigan classical soprano that has sung all over the world as well as with many choirs including Utah’s own Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She’s beautiful and has an amazing voice!

Typing in Sissel brings up hundreds of videos on Youtube, but for some reason, maybe God or just my likeness of the color purple, I picked the video of O Mio Babbino Caro she did for a PBS special.

I was totally blown away! It was like all the emotions that I had been holding in over the past five years just came poring out and I knew that I had really been missing out on life. Now I have the song in my hot little hands and I’m working profussly to sound half as good as Sissel.

That video, that song, that singer really changed my life. God bless Sissel.

My day with Day Murry Music

So I got up this morning with a mission. I was going to find some really great classical pieces to work on this summer. Yea, I know the summer is already under full swing, better late then never! First I drive all over town trying to find a place that sells karaoke for classical music. Let me tell you, they don’t exhist. There is a serious lacking of karaoke places in Orem, UT. I went to FYE, nothing. I went to Walmart, nothing. I went to Target, nothing. I was getting totally discouraged. Until I drove by Day Murry Music on state street. I quickly pulled into the lot (probably breaking a few laws ¬†because I was on the wrong side of the road), and went inside.

Now I work in a book store, a really large chain bookstore, and we have a term for people who don’t know the author or title of a book but expect us to be able to pluck it out of their heads and find the book. ANNOYING! But once I got into Day Murry Music, I realized I was that person. I couldn’t remember the name of the song, the composer, only who had sung it.

I walk around for a while trying to remember when an employee came over to me and asked if I needed any help, as any good employee would do for a woman who was obviously lost.

“Your going to kill me, but I’m looking for a song and I don’t remember the title or the composer.” I told me. He was very kind and said okay, do you know anything about it? ” Well, I know Sissel has sung it, Hayley Westenra, Sarah Brightman. It’s very famous, and it’s very short. But everyone knows it.” He nodded and thought for a second then reached over right in front of me and handed me a sheet of music for O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini. I felt my face go red, how¬†embarrassing!

I about died!

“Thank you so much! I can’t believe you found it!” I was very excited because this piece of music has a special place in my heart.

This guy at Day Murry was amazing! I feel like I’m being a spokesperson for Day Murry, but I had such a great time there that I can’t help but gush. He helped me find a few other things and even got a transposed version of Nessa Dorma and a great book of High Soprano solos including O Divine Redeemer.

So that was my day at Day Murry Music. LOVE THEM!