Thank all of you for being so patient with my absence between Christmas and now. For over a month various issues caught up with our household and have kept my wife and I busy with health and finances.
This year past has been difficult for many. It hasn’t missed any households I know. We have had roof damage which took two weeks to fix extending from about the 12th of December for almost two weeks. I also have been taking care of my lovely wife Susan, who is having a few difficulties which required my attendance at home, and I know many who have had a rough start to 2021. We have also tried to help others in need with service or meals where he have have been able to ease some burdens. We’ve been uplifted and buoyed up in our own spirits by helping others in need where we have had ability.
I’m still coaching a few singers who are in competitions at the start of this year but I pulled back from working with some schools as a coach for now and it has impacted upon recording time with my wife’s needs. I apologize for the length of time it has prevented me from adding more since December’s Christmas postings but I hope to be back soon with some other songs.
Thank you for the lovely comments some of you have given which have indeed been appreciated and uplifting on days when hours have been a trial. My prayers go out to all of you hoping that 2021 will increase your joy and your blessings. You have certainly all blessed mine‼️ May you have peace and joy in this year yet to come. Dona Nobis Pacem. May you have peace
Michael J. Peterson – A Simple Christmas Recital December 25, 2015
2020! I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This recital 5 years ago was for family, friends and students. I never published it until this evening. I've wanted to do something like this, a simple Christmas Greeting recital to wish many friends, former students, family, and loved ones a Merry Christmas for several years.
I carried a video camera into my classroom, set up to sing an impromptu recital of Christmas songs with a total run time of about 47 minutes. This was a bit of a warmup for me because I had a cold at that time, just recovering, so most everything I sang was baritone. I simply sang from one song to the next, with a few glitches when the backing track didn't start correctly.
It is honor, to have all of you who had and have an impact in my life. Please know with this that I think of of you at this time of year. I spent about 2 hours recording time that day with a break of a few hours in between the first recording hour and 10 minutes and the last 30 minutes or so.
Merry Christmas (without claiming rights to songs or arrangements other than to support my personal vocal performance to Christmas Karaoke. 21 Songs in total. Run time:
I'm adding more as I have the time to record more, and wanted to insure that my followers who have requested being able to download the Gershwin's Summertime, Leonard Cohen's altered Halleiujah - the Police Version (YouTube) , and Sondheim's strongly emotional "Being Alive" from his musical "Company".
As of Yesterday, I have completed updates to my songs, which includes all my materials available for streaming and downloading. This fits the requests of several faithful listeners.
I also have included a recital accompanied by Lucy Arner. My training was in classical voice, at Indiana University where I studied with Distinguished Professor of Voice, Margaret Harshaw who rostered with the New York Metropolitan Opera, along with another vet of the Met, Marcia Baldwin. I wanted to have a strong background as a vocal coach, instructor and singer. I also had help from a lead tenor from the Swiss Opera, Glad Peterson, who founded the Utah Opera Company. I sang with the Indianapolis Opera from 1998-2007-ish. My students, age 16 and up to adults in their 40's, sing all styles of music, and a few are following teaching, or performing careers in the genres of their choice.
Classical alone is not my roots however, although I first sang Caro Mio Ben when I was ten. That song is still dear to me, as are Widmung - by Robert Schumann in German, Old Mother Hubbard by Victor Hely-Hutchinson, which is a fun romp through the nursery rhyme in English done in the style of Geroge Frederick Handel, O Del Mio Amato Ben by Stefano Donaudy, sung in Italian, and the tenor aria (Salut Demeure known as the Cavatina from the opera Faust by Charles Gounod), I'm particularly pleased that I still have that high C.
I'm a long time director and vocal coach in musical theater, jazz, country and others which I will be uploading soon. Music is the joy of my life and I love Garth Brooks equally with Simon and Garfunkel, and Pentatonix for their harmony, style and arrangements. My streaming and Cd's cover many more.... there just isn't the space to name them all. I look forward to sharing other sequences of different song genres in the near future.
Welcome back, and do let me know if there is a song you would like to hear me record. Michael J. Peterson
If you like soulful blues of the past generations with a musical theater flair of Gershwin, you may like this vocal solo version. Give me a listen, and let me know what you like. I will take requests as I have time to record.