You say, “m-i-a-l-o-r,” and then you’re in the business of speaking the sounds out loud when you’re not expecting anything from the listener.
For the most part, it’s not just me saying that. In fact, when I think back to my formative years, I think of it as just the way I’d say the letter M at the end of my name. I’d be surprised if you think it changed much between then and now.
But, if you’d like a little more in-depth explanation, check out this excellent TED talk on “How to Speak as a Vocalist” by the wonderful (and funny!) Michael Phelan.
The most important thing I learned from it was that once you understand that M stands for motion, and what that means is that it can be pronounced either as “m-i-a-l-o-r” or “m-i-a-l-n-a-r,” you can actually say it that way and hear what the other person is saying.
But first, let’s talk about how you pronounce “ma.”
The first time I heard the name Astrid, I was a bit skeptical. Not because she was the first woman on the block I’d ever heard of. Instead, her story seemed so far out of the norm that her name never made it on any of the popular lists of female musicians I follow on the internet. It didn’t even occur to me that there was any sort of connection between the singer, songwriter, and composer that would have me believe she might be the first female to earn a “rock star” label.
But, in my enthusiasm for music, I didn’t stop to appreciate that the woman had a unique style that was in vogue at the time (she would become one of rock’s hottest DJs), and that she still remains a highly influential figure.
I did a lot of research and found out that Astrid was born in Stockholm, Sweden and spent the majority of her childhood in the north of Norway. She grew up in an environment that instilled in her an independent spirit and a very positive attitude. She grew up surrounded by music and it’s hard to imagine she wouldn’t have become a strong musician, had she received such an upbringing.
When Astrid first began touring as Karmatec, she would take on a tour bus in the middle of nowhere to