As I get comfortable with rehearsing material for upcoming performances, I find myself reflecting on all the extremely talented people I've been blessed to connect and work with through the many aspects of my life...
In music and specifically in performance, the bonds created have been sincere and comfortable. I've had to trust and be trustworthy because live performance can be merciless at times. As a vocalist or front person, I know when things don't go as rehearsed, the quality my improvisation is suddenly reflected in the relationships I've established with the musicians and stagehands who are out there with me, some I've often only just met. I've suffered with anxiety, forgotten words, fallen out of melody, missed ques, had stage equipment fail, and even on the rare occasion had 'special effects' backfire. Through it all, I've come to value the creative wit and amazing professionalism of some great people who've helped me overcome those unexpected moments. For me, music has not only been an emotional outlet and a source of inspiration, but more importantly music has turned out to be good for my soul.
LISTEN - Not While I'm Around: Damin Starr, The Music That Surrounds You, 2003
S. Sondheim / Rilting Music Inc. / Warner Chappel Music Canada Ltd.
December 15, 2018, I am delighted to join wonderfully talented musicians from the Hamilton area for an afternoon of friendship and music to celebrate the season. Fellow musician Myke Hutchings has put together this event and I encourage you to check it out. Tap on the picture to access the Facebook event page for more details and to connect with the organizer. I hope to see you there !
No Coal In Your Stocking - A Celebration of the Season
15 years ago today, I embarked on a journey of archiving 10 wonderful songs which led to a series of live performances over 4 years with some fantastic singers and musicians. With much of my youth spent in theatre and music and having the honour to be trained by some of the best, 2003 was marked with six months of planning and recording. I was proud to have put together a collection called the Music That Surrounds You, which included this one from legendary composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber... I hope you enjoy it.
LISTEN - The Music of the Night: Damin Starr, The Music That Surrounds You
C. Hart, A. Lloyd-Webber, R. Stilgoe / The Really Useful Music Group PLC / Universal Polygram Int'l Pub. Inc.
The last produced copy of my CD was sold in 2008. Since then, my life has taken many amazing twists and turns, but my love for music is always present.
I was recently encouraged to explore a return to live performance and although a little hesitant at first, I sense my voice has matured and my confidence will follow. It's beginning to look like my 2019 schedule is filling with the beautiful sounds of music . . . I look forward to sharing with you.