I am not a wrestler. I might have my own entrance music and use my own catchphrases, but besides retiring from wrestling with my own ego, I'm not one. I am however a music manager, and with Be The Lion on the radio and tour dates postponed, the band isn't singing their legendary three and four part harmonies at 7am on radio.
Wayland has become known for their harmonies, especially live, and especially at 7am, and when I am submitting Be The Lion to new radio stations, I find myself thinking about the power in the harmonies.
It was so fascinating to me lysstening to the band do harmony warm ups before a show on the tour bus. Some sing high, some sing low, some sing mid. Each part separately is unique and magical on its own, but together is where the power lies. No one part is more important than the other, but all are important to make it sing.
We are all notes in the same song. We are all a beautiful masterpiece symphony on our own with our unique voices, and they all matter, but together, is what makes the music. Together is what rocks and rolls.
I'd like to take this one octave lower, and remind you that all of your notes matter, not just the high ones. Your low notes are really, really important, too. If the song was all high pitched frequencies, it would hurt your ears. Sometimes the low parts help set up the bridge, sometimes the low parts get you to the chorus, and the chorus is when everyone gets to sing along.
We use our voices to talk about the high stuff, the things that make us happy, the things that make us proud: our highlight reel. But as a music manager, my favorite part of the Behind The Music documentaries were always the shit behind the scenes, because it made the story and the songs that much more powerful.
It's important to use your voice on high notes, low notes, and every note in between. It's important to come into harmony with yourself. Your highs, your lows, your mids, your vibrato, all of it.
The thing I love most about rock and roll and the thing I love most about Wayland, is that it's live. It's real. Sometimes you hit the wrong note, sometimes somebody sings out of tune, but no one ever notices because they're too busy enjoying the show.
Your life is your show, you just get the really fun job of watching it and playing it at the exact same time. If you hit a note too high or too low, it's not a bad thing, it's just rock and roll.
To come into harmony with three other singers, or with yourself, you need to tune in and lyssten- that's when you can hear.
What tone do you have right now? I'm lysstening.
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