First, we kicked off and ramped up music festival endurance training. Now, focus shifts to comfort during and after the event! While this applies to Wango Tango, one can easily adapt the program to Coachella or Stagecoach or longer events.
Couch to Music Festival: Parents Training Guide (con’t)
- VOICE CONDITIONING: Being an “adoring fan” may be tougher than a performer. They sing for a few minutes up to an hour while you consistently cheer for nearly 5 hours – without training.
- USE YOUR GUT – Learn to push your voice from your core, through your diaphragm and control it escaping from your throat – Look
- BUFFER – Practice while in your car, on the freeway – not even shower walls provide enough buffer for those nearby.
- AVOID INJURIES: Avoid training too hard to prevent injuries. Here are the most commonly occurring:
- 2 LEFT FEET – While you may not know how to Hit the Quan, just stay loose and move any parts of your body as you feel fit!
- BLEEDING EARS – Increase car radio volume a little each day. Smart people, not old, buffer with foam earplugs.
- GENERATION GAP – Wider than thigh gaps, navigating this seems trickier. Though every trend comes back around, the new generation still shocks us. To infiltrate the crowd unnoticed, buy a few accessories at local teen stores. If you blend, youngsters are more likely to behave naturally. You may learn more social and behavioral cues for the next time you try to communicate with them.
- KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Be prepared!
- MUSIC – My daughter think I’ve invented this cool car radio game called Name That Tune where I quickly turn the radio on then off and they blurt out the title and artist of radio songs. While it’s fun for them, my music muscle memory kicks in from back in the days when I could remember any song lyrics but not algebraic equations.
- FLASHCARDS – Music festivals, especially in Los Angeles, attract celebrities. So another game rises from the pages of tabloid/fashion magazines where my daughter and I verbalize what the star “must be” saying with their photoshoot poses. This will prevent me from calling a cast by the wrong TV show next time we cross paths.
How many can you name?
Coming tomorrow: Attire, Fueling, Medals of completion.