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We are BACK

Thanks for your patience over the last few days– the search feature is back up and running today with another few hundred entries!

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Database Temporarily Off-Line

The data base is currently undergoing a bit of remodeling and is off-line. While that is happening, please feel free to use the “advanced search” capabilities.

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Anything that Matters, part 1

“Anything that Matters Never Gets Any Easier”
–Philip Seymour Hoffman
part 2 coming soon

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The Belt Book is now on Face Book and Twitter- Check it out!

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How to Search the Belt Book

In selecting criteria, you need to think both logically and historically. For example, for females, pre-1965, there are no low and no mid-Tessitura power ballads that are belt for any type. Why? Think!
• Stylistically, power ballads are particular to contemporary music. So are belted ballads of any kind.
• Ballads usually will fall into a belt-mix, as the intentions are gentler.
• A Low Tessitura song would likely not have enough “oomph” in pitch to make it “power” anything.

Type matters. For example, Anyone Can Whistle’s “There Won’t Be Trumpets” is written for a leading lady. Ingénues didn’t really belt pre-1965. Unless you consider Annie in Annie Get Your Gun an ingénue.

Which brings me to my next point. When I began categorizing data for the Belt Book, I was being a purist about type. Who originated the role and the character’s place in the context of the musical were what I used to define type. I am aware that some of that is a judgment call, and that the difference between an ingénue and a young lead can be about the casting decisions for a particular production. I am in the process of adding additional codifications (as they relate to type), so you should see more data populating particular searches. Today, there are about 100 additional classifications of particular songs.

If you don’t find what you are looking for, widen the search by selecting less one criteria: Usually I’d start with eliminating the “belt/belt mix” category, followed by either era or tessitura (if you are a high belter).

If you have questions about how I am codifying data, please go to the page:

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Memphis Is In!

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Memphis has now been added to the Belt Book database!

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Websites R’Us

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week at the University of Wyoming, teaching a variety of BFA students in a variety of classes. The senior class is working on their websites, a necessity today. I found some over arching themes in all of them:

• A new camera angle does not a point of view make. Use photos that express different points of view or give us a deeper understanding about WHO YOU ARE.
• Shorter video/audio clips are better. Be pithy. Trim the videos to start where you want your viewer to begin. Don’t make them work for it.
• Don’t put high school credits on your resume—really?
• Putting your “favorite” roles in your bio is redundant with the resume you are including on the site, and mostly readers aren’t going to care what your favorite was; they will want to make up their mind about you themselves. Use your bio to share something interesting and unusual about you.
• If you have an upcoming or currently in pre-production section, you have got to remember to update regularly.
• Make it EASY for your reader to get the info, not have to click around too much, or dig. NO TYPOS!