"To me, when a person's a stranger they should act a little
me: "do I make sense?"
my student: "sometimes."
Hi there! Thanks for visiting. My name is Tammy, and I'm a jazz
vocalist/ composer & voice teacher living in Brooklyn. I live with two roommates, grind my own coffee beans, have developed a craving for green things ("oooh!!! A tree!!!" or: "ooooh!!! Avocado!"), cook sometimes, forget to eat sometimes, eat junk food sometimes. I'm balanced- sometimes. Get bored of it sometimes. Fantasize about getting a dog most of the time. Lately I'm catching myself staring at people's dogs, and sometimes I make an audible "aww" when they pass by. Really awkward. You learn a lot about what's socially acceptable this way.
I'm a true freelancer, with all the schedule funkiness, job insecurity and freedom and fun in it. I question the legitimacy of my existence every Tuesday and Friday. I also teach a bunch of absolutely lovely human beings how to sing. Sometimes it feels like magic. Think about it: someone can't do something, then suddenly they can. So cool.
I tend to get along better with artistic/ semi artistic types. Or nerds. Or artsy nerds.
What I’m doing with my life
Sing, improvise, teach, hang out, discover new places, return to
old places, go to A LOT of live shows, order the exact same thing
every time I go to a restaurant I've been to before, trying not to
do that, telling the truth, thinking about what's the truth, meet
people, take their contact info, lose their contact info, find
their contact info online anyways, send lots of emails, neglect
sending emails, spend way too much time on one email, procrastinate
on updating my website, update my website. Following people around
and doing whatever they do. Learning new words and repeating them a
lot. Like auspicious. auuuus piiiiciiiiiouuusss. auspicious. Vowels
I’m really good at
Teaching people who can't sing at all how to sing.
I'm also pretty good with computers and website building stuff, at
least for someone who never learned it.
Here's a weird one: I can repeat what people say/ sing as their
saying/ singing it. Once I sang along through an entire song in
I'm also a pretty good skier, even though it's been a while. Kinda
The first things people usually notice about me
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Jane Austen, Harry Potter, some Paul Auster, A Thousand Splendid
Suns, Dr. Seuss, Weeds, 30 Rock, Phillip Glass, Bill Evans (You
Must Believe in Spring), Dave Holland, Chet Baker, feta cheese,
really good olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, chop them all and make a
Greek Salad. Yum.
Oh, and How I Met Your Mother. I actually don't even like it that
much, but I really want to know what happens in the end. Freakin 7
seasons. Like another job on the side.
The six things I could never do without
Time away from people
Time around people
People who make music
Someone to remind me people's names
That sixth thing I never remember
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Work. Emails I didn't send yet. How to be happier, know myself
better and connect to other people more. How to go visit home more
often. Where I'd like to be, and how to make it happen.
On a typical Friday night I am
No such thing.
I should clarify: I'm not that hip, my schedule just changes a lot.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I currently own just one pair of pants.
You should message me if
You do something cool with your life. Maybe you're a creative type. Maybe you help other people. You're kind. You're a recovered perfectionist. Or an ambitious type B. You like trees. You're taller than me, preferably by a lot. You like good music, and want to hang out with musicians, like, all the time. You're a casual skier/ hiker. You're curious and open.