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June 2009

Check out Nigel Rowe’s “What’s The Word On The Street?” Blog for a lovely article he wrote about Random Thoughts:

The internet can truly be a beautiful place. While jumping around from site to site, I found myself on iseecolor.com and was drawn to the intriguing photo you see to the left.  After being taken to her profile, I realized that she is a recording artist and listened to her auto-play of tracks…  I was impressed.  In today’s world, everyone is a rapper, DJ, producer or singer and sadly, very few of them truly are, any of the above.  But Natalie Brown, she is definitely a singer and a good one at that.   Hearing her voice brings me back to the old days, with gems like Teena Marie and Luba Kowalchyk, and like Luba, Natalie Brown is also Canadian.  Yes, Canadians get a little extra love from me, because I know how hard it is for Canadian musicians to get recognition and more importantly, airplay in the US.  But thanks to the internet, the quality sounds of Natalie and other talented performers will be seen, heard and purchased without the need of big production and distribution houses taking the lion share of their money.

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Amie St. did a lovely spotlight on Random Thoughts.

After a few years’ hiatus from the world of singing sweet, soulful melodies during tour after tour, Natalie Brown has reemerged on the pop scene with January’s release of Random Thoughts, a very organized lineup of catchy, sassy R&B hits.

The opening track Play Button It’s A Beautiful Day is a sprightly, pep-in-your-step picker upper, filled with early-’90s “doo doo”s, “la la”s and the like. Natalie struts her stuff in Play Button Around The World , which has a seductive “Genie In A Bottle” ring to it. This one, similar in style to many songs from her 2000 release Let the Candle Burn, allows the Canadian songstress to show some real spunk.

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Steve and Dawn from “For What it’s Worth” have left their thoughts on Random Thoughts. Thanks!

I have just spent time listening to Natalie Brown’s second album release titled Random Thoughts, and all I can say is fantastic. Her music is a blend of Soul and Pop with a hint of soulful funk reminiscent of Earth Wind and Fire, and Natalie has the vocals to pull off this mix of genres.

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10 Vocal Health Tips

  1. Rest is very important. Get as much rest as you can. Even if this means cat naps in between shows, on the bus… rest wherever you can and learn to sleep in busy or noisy places.
  2. Eliminate any unnecessary talking if you have a heavy singing schedule. If you can come up with a series of 'hand gestures' or sign language to communicate with others to cut out unnecessary talking, this is good. When touring, make an Artist Pass/Lanyard or sign that says "Today is a no talking day for me". Do this if you feel that your cords are particularly fatigued. People need to understand that you make your living with your internal instrument and it needs plenty of TLC.
  3. NEVER WHISPER! This is about the worst possible thing you can ever do as it grates the cords together like sand paper and this is terrible for your voice!
  4. As much as possible, avoid coughing and clearing your throat. Try to swallow or sip water instead.
  5. Drink as much water as you can. Think of yourself as a plant that needs to be watered every day. You need water to keep your cords moist. Moist cords make for healthy cords.
  6. Try steaming with Vics Vapo Rub: Put 1 Teaspoon (or more if you like) of Vics Vapo Rub into some water. Stand over the kitchen stove and let this mixture work up into a good steam. Make sure you put a towel around your head to trap the steam. Take deep breaths and allow the steam to penetrate your lungs. This is a great prep for recording sessions. It opens you up and moistens your entire throat area.
  7. Avoid most citrus juice and caffeinated drinks while singing, since these can negatively affect your throat’s natural lubrication.
  8. Don’t eat a very heavy meal just prior to a show. Your body won’t have time to digest the meal, and the heavy volume of food in your stomach will make it harder for you to breathe, thus affecting your vocal reach and projection.
  9. As hard as it may be for you to do, avoid excessive loud talking and yelling, since this can lead to vocal strain.
  10. Never sing out of your range, and try to keep the most vocally demanding songs to the middle or end of each set where your voice has had a chance to warm up. Rest your voice and avoid excessive talking in between sets.

Natural Throat Coat/ Throat Soother-Comforter

Any kind of Tea you like Add 1 Tablespoon Honey (or as much or as little as you like) Dash of Lemon Juice

Throat Sprays

Entertainer's Secret http://www.entertainers-secret.com/ Vocal-eze Professional Throat Spray http://www.travelwellness.com/

Home Remedy Teas

An old home remedy for sore throats is a tea made with lemon, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, and honey. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper, the juice of 1/4 lemon, and one teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot water. Stir. Typically, up to four cups a day is suggested

Natural Sore Throat Remedy

4 cloves of garlic, minced 4 chunks of ginger root, grated 1 lemon, juiced (or bottled lemon juice can work) 1/2 teaspoon of honey small dash of cayenne pepper 1.) Prepare all ingredients and place them in a large mug/measuring cup/teapot 2.) Cover with just boiled water and infuse for 15/20 minutes 3.) Strain and drink

Gargles

Cayenne Gargle: -1 Tsp (or as much as you can handle) of Cayenne Pepper in room temperature water Gargle as needed Swallow bits if you can ***NOTE ABOUT CAYENNE***: Cayenne Pepper is a very effective blood thinner and so, like aspirin, you shouldn't take it prior to surgery.

Saline Gargle: -1 Tsp of Salt (non-iodized) in room temperature water Gargle as needed This helps cut back Phlegm somewhat. But do remember that your body can also produce phlegm as a result of a sinus problem, allergies or something else. Always to get to the root of the phlegm when there is an underlying problem that is causing it.

Hearing Awareness and Protection

Custom Fitted Ear Plugs http://www.westone.com/ General Hearing Health http://www.hearnet.com/index.shtml

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