Dear Mr. Hendricks: The art of Vocalese?

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Posted by Hans Martin ( on November 21, 2003 at 21:36:45:

Hello Mr. Hendricks
I'm sure you're quite busy, working on the road while also being a professor at the university of Toledo. But I hope you'll be able to reply me briefly, one way or another...
Thank you ever so much for inspiring me to pursuit making my voice the pulp of my life. I'm currently striving at this, attending the State Academy of music in Oslo.
I saw you with Four Brothers in Aarhus this summer (03) - and was especially inspired by your version of Bye bye Blackbird.
Though I've tried to pluck out the words to the magnificent vocalese solo, there are so many words that slip past me - you mentioned at the concert in Aarhus that you usually give your students at Toledo this vocalese solo to challenge them;
Will this lyric be available in the book you are writing? Or could there be any other way to get a hold of the text?
I've recently written a vocalese on one of your scat solos from "Swingin’ till' the girls come home", and have discovered the value of putting words to a lyric that "sings" to you. It's even given me a deeper understanding to both scatting and lyricizing music!
I realize that many people ask similar questions, and that you couldn't answer half of them while being efficient at what you're striving for: But any word from you - lyrics, advice, or just plain greetings would mean a lot to me.
Thank you -
Hans Martin

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