I am naturally drawn to singers who deliver their songs via an expressively committed narrative. Singers who dig deep, wear their emotions on their sleeve and can expose their soul while flawlessly singing a beautiful melody and lyric.
Patricia O’Callaghan is a gem of a singer. And I had the immense pleasure of teaching her from the ages of 15 – 19 years before she left for the University Of Toronto and a stellar International career.
I am always mesmerized by a Patricia O’Callaghan performance. Her beautiful and nuanced vocal instrument and glowing charisma can leave the listener breathless and, more importantly, inspired.
“Alexandra Leaving”, penned by the prolific Leonard Cohen, rises to stellar heights in this performance. Patricia’s voice and refined, sensitive demeanor is the perfect complement to this poignant song.
Personally, when listening to this song, I think of love lost – more specifically people who have died and entered the spiritual world. The poignancy of this song, the emotion, the message – it moves me to tears.
Patricia is a master of impeccable phrasing and her vocal delivery is always enhanced via stellar technical skills and a commitment to the lyric. She instinctively knows how to enhance the composition by delicately stretching a word or a phrase line.
Masterclass Tip: Patricia’s open and relaxed facial features allows her voice to resonate freely in the vocal masque via the consistent support from the diaphragm.
And, notice the relaxation of her jaw and the circular formation of her mouth? Both are so important for precise pitch, seamless vocal range and the liberation of the voice.
Also, listen to the simplicity of her vocal line – she expressively approaches it as Leonard Cohen envisioned it, always keeping the storyline front and center.
Patricia is a distinct artist – there is no one in the world quite like her, And she has been an individual artist since the day I met her, always staying true to her vision as a performing artist.
You can purchase Matador: The songs of Leonard Cohen – Patricia O’Callaghan on iTunes. Matador is an absolutely exquisite CD, each track a special gem in and of itself.
Included on this CD is “Alexandra Leaving” which can be purchased as an individual track on I -Tunes.
Special kudos to her background vocalist and musicians. They were impeccable.
It is with great pride and pleasure that I present this video performance to the MCL community while dedicating it to the memory of our mutual friend, Brian Haneberry. R.I.P. Brian. And thanks for the memories.