Some people are born to sing. Inuvik songstress Leanne Goose grew up in a musical family and by the age of 12 she was performing on stage with her father, the legendary Louie Goose.
But in addition to singing and playing guitar, Goose also recruits doctors for the Beaufort Delta region and coordinates international medical residents and students for rural educational opportunities.
Goose will soon be in Winnipeg to release her third recording, This Time. SCENE wanted to know about a book that had an impact on her.
I know it sounds awful but I haven't read a book in years with the exception of some sex hints on audiobook. Brilliant, huh?
The last "real book" I read was given to me by country music legend Ray St. Germain - The Rock-N-Roll Singer's Survival Guide by Mark Baxter.
The Rock-N-Roll Singer's Survival Guide
"The Rock-N-Roll Singer's Survival Guide" by Mark Baxter (Hal Leonard)
was Ray's gift to me after I took vocal lessons with him. He says he knew that I was going to go out and live a young person's life and that I had to be mindful of my voice but practical when living it up.
I learned more from Ray St. Germain than The Rock-N-Roll Singer's Survival Guide
could ever teach me. His life experiences, tricks and tips literally were the components of the book and now it is a lovely keepsake. Every time I look at it, I think of him and the hours we spent laughing, singing and talking about a singer's life.
As for the audio book which I listened to...honestly I cannot believe I'm telling you this, it was Hot Sex
by Tracy Cox. I had a six-hour flight and had to stay awake for it so I could sleep that night. Well in the airport I downloaded the book and got to listening.
I can say that having been influenced by the content of those two books did change the way that I sing. I haven't tried all the techniques and tips yet but they changed my perspective on singing, sex, and the songs I write from a female perspective.
But I learned the most from Ray through his incredible stories from his early days on the road. In those times there weren't self-help books, you just went out and did it. It was his love of music and his family that kept him and his career going all these years. He would tell me things like 'Live your life. Everything in moderation. Take care of yourself on the road. Sleep. Try to eat right. Get to know your instrument - its faults and its phenomenon so you can use it to your full advantage.'
It's like the yodeling lesson he gave me (and he says its the only one he ever gave): 'Work with your breaking point. Work with it until you've mastered controlling it.' 'You gotta take chances Goose or you'll never know your full potential,' he'd say to me.
Leanne Goose releases This Time at the Regal Beagle in the Marlborough Hotel on May 3rd.