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Unchanging Rhythm of Life!

Croatian/American singer and songwriter Tatiana Cameron-Tajci shares insights on the importance of rhythm and practicing with the metronome.

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ARTIST FEATURE: From Eurovision Song Contest, to holistic healing, from singing to acting, meet Tajci (Tatiana Cameron)! We are so happy that she decided to join us this week!

1) How do you practice your rhythm and sense of time?

For 15 years, I performed mostly story-telling music (dramatic) where the only time-keeping instrument was the keyboard I played. I practiced without a metronome, relying more on the ‘feel’ for tempos. I loved the fluidity and how, as a singer, I was able to lead the musicians by using my breath and following melodic phrases. However, during that time, whenever I would go into the studio to record songs, and sing to the click, I’d struggle. I would practice with a click at my home demo studio. When I moved to Nashville and started working more with mainstream and classic country musicians (and bands) I really had to ramp up my game and do more practicing with a click track or a metronome –  and enjoy it, because being able to play to a click makes me a better artist.

2) What are your favorite rhythmic exercises?

Two of my sons are percussionists. They blow my mind with how they read drum music and play incredibly complicated rhythms. As a classically trained musician, I am a pretty good sight-reader, but I had no clue how to read music written for the percussion instruments. They tried to show me a few exercises, but I stick to the basics – playing scales, or something from classical repertoire (Bach’s preludes), or even pop songs, for as long as the intention of the exercise is working on the rhythm.

" Being able to play to a click makes me a better artist. "

3) What exotic rhythms do you like and what can we learn from it?

I love Native American dances. The steady beat underneath the singing reminds me of the pulse of life and it’s changes. The speed of the earth traveling around the sun, the length of a daytime, the seasons’ changes, that doesn’t change – even as we experience time ‘going faster’ or ‘slower’ depending on the situation we are in. The singing to me is our life experience – that’s emotional, loud or soft, faster or slower, warrior like or healing. The most beautiful part that I’m trying to learn – as an artist and a spiritual being is how to live fully (peacefully and joyfully) with both the unchanging rhythm of life and the fluidity of the experience of it. 

4) Can you name one thing that you like about the metronome on metronomeonline.com?

I love reading about featured artists and their stories and recommendations. What I love most about being a musician is that it’s a constant growing experience – and we learn best from each other, in a supportive community. Thank you for providing that!

VIDEO: Keep Your Head Up is the title of the song by Tajci – what a good message to convey these days, don’t you agree? Check it out:

Unchanging Rhythm of Life!

Tatiana Cameron-Tajci

As a pop star in the former Yugoslavia in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Tajči won the national selection of RTV Croatia and represented Yugoslavia at the Eurovision Song Contest 1990. The contest was held at Zagreb, Croatia and she sang the song "Hajde da ludujemo" ("Let's go crazy"). Her Yugoslav music career was cut short by the breakup of Yugoslavia and the subsequent war.

She left Croatia in 1992 and a year later graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. She appeared in numerous off Broadway productions and landed a lead role in "Miracle of Christmas" a mega-production at Sight and Sound Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. During her time in New York, she was signed by Camile Barbone and produced the "Age of Love" CD recorded at Long View Farms Studio.

In 1994, she returned to Croatia and starred in a production of Kiss Me Kate by Croatian National Theatre, Rijeka. She moved to Los Angeles in 1997 seeking to expand her performing skills through television and film. She continued her musical theater career with roles in Brigadoon produced by Starlight Theatre in San Diego and The Phantom of the Opera at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. In 1997-98, she produced a series of benefit concerts at the Sacred Heart Retreat House in Alhambra, California, where she met Matthew Cameron, whom she married in 1999. She ended up performing music in Roman Catholic churches while auditioning for roles.

In late 2004, she and her family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio, a more central location for her heavy touring schedule with concerts. In 2011, Yamaha Entertainment Group produced a remake of her mega-hit from the 1990s "Dvije zvjezdice". She released an indie pop album Awaken in 2013 on which she collaborated with Bryan Lennox, a Recording Academy Award-winning producer. Tajči wrote a full-length musical, My Perfectly Beautiful Life, which was produced by Cincinnati Playwright Initiative at the Jarson-Kaplan Theatre in February 2010.

Tajci, her husband and their three children relocated to Franklin, Tennessee in 2014, the same year she started producing and hosting TV show "Waking Up in America" and in 2015 founded "Waking Up Revolution", a multi platform brand. She is also a certified Holistic Life Coach through Radiant Health Institute, certified as 65 hours of Approved Coach Specific Training Hours by the International Coach Federation


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