Climate Strike – 9/20/2019

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Singing Straight-ahead, Latin and Original JaZz...

... with some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest!

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Upcoming Public Gigs

The Bellevue Jazz and Blues Festival
May 30, 2019 @ 5:00 p.m.
w/ Bill Anschell (piano)
and Osama Afifi (bass)
Seattle Marriott Bellevue
200 110th Ave., NE
Bellevue, WA  98004

Please visit Carolena's Calendar page for additional upcoming public performances.

PLEASE NOTE:  Private events are NOT reflected on the calendar.  Please use the Contact Artist page to inquire about open dates and booking Carolena for your special event.

Tunes - with John Stowell, guitar

Offering Online Voice Lessons

Technology makes it possible for Carolena to teach students from all over the world via the platform Zoom in real time.


What is necessary is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, an external mic (unless your computer is equipped with a good one) and Voila!  External speakers for your computer are likewise helpful.  Then you can enjoy the benefits of private voice lessons in the comfort of your own home.

Voice Studio Gift Certificates

Voice lessons make the Perfect Gift for friends and loved ones!  Purchase your Gift Certificates today and give the gift of song.

Occasionally I am faced with a student who fights to hold on to their vocal limitations.  When introduced to a new vocal technique they proclaim incessantly, "But it's so HAAARD!"  As my friend Richard Bach put it in his book, Illusions, "Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them."

While pondering the subject of limitations this evening, I was reminded of the Japanese word "ichinen."  And doing a little research on the subject, I found the following excerpt from a blog article entitled, "Ichinen Covers It All" by Anupadin, which I will quote below:

"Being good at something isn’t just about talent, it’s about having the desire, in your heart, to make it happen. Ichinen is a Japanese word meaning determination (amongst other things). If you have a strong Ichinen, you are far more likely to reach your goal. You still have to put in the effort and in fact, the more talent you have, the more effort is needed, because your end result might be far more exacting than a less talented person.

"If you think you will fail, you will fail.  You must embrace your goals, your targets, with every fiber of your being.  Strive with all your might, night and day, towards that goal and you are far more likely to succeed.  And actually, only you decide when you have failed ... [it's] when you give up trying."

Consequently, instead of fighting for your limitations, embrace your challenges as adventures over which to triumph.  Like a Knight in days of yore, you are on a quest; a quest to succeed!  As the old adage goes, "Anything worth having is worth fighting for," so slay those dragons and then celebrate your accomplishments!