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Felicia Ricci

Are you frustrated with your voice? Read this.

You know what bugs me most? When singers don’t realize their full potential — not because they’re incapable, but because they don’t have the right tools.

In our online singing community there are over 90,000 singers who tweet me, email me, leave awesome comments — you name it! And I can sense the love-hate relationships they have with their voices.

They have spent years (decades, even!) spinning their wheels and not making lasting progress.

Maybe you can relate. You’re a singer with boatloads of potential, trying to piece together the “clues” of how singing should feel. But you feel way more frustrated than triumphant.

You see progress, then setbacks. You learn tips and tricks (possibly from me, on YouTube ūüôā ), but nothing truly STICKS.

You don’t know how to put it together in the right order.

Your voice comes and goes, never seeming predictable.

You start to worry: “Am I just not cut out for this?”

“Do I have to be blessed with that elusive ‘it’ factor that makes singing easy and effortless?”

The confusion ends now.

You CAN absolutely sing, consistently and well. There is a voice waiting to be unlocked. If you haven’t yet, you haven’t been given the right tools.

Singing ISN’T pure natural ability. Singing CAN be developed, and built, in the same way you can build up your muscles in order to lift heavy objects.

Singing is a PROCESS.

A slow burn.

Singing is 50-year marriage, not a weekend love affair.

Singing is about your MIND, BODY, and EMOTIONS, not just physical mechanics.

If you’re reading this email, we’ve already met somewhere on the internet (hi!). You’ve hopefully enjoyed my singing tips videos, where I give you short bite-sized bits of information. Or maybe you’ve enrolled in a few of my specialized singing courses, on belting or warming up.

But I want to go deeper with you.

I want to pull everything together in a manner that makes sense.

I want to show you how my “singing tips” are the tip of the iceberg. ūüôā

I want to show you how learning singing fundamentals, empowering yourself to know your instrument, and linking your mind, body, and emotions will make your voice soar.

My mission is to help you build a lifelong singer strategy that puts you in the driver’s seat, and lets you get to know your voice better than anybody else.

If you can relate to any of this, you are my favorite kind of singer!

You are driven, you are committed, and you are not letting setbacks throw you off course.

Let me help you keep going ‚Äď

I’d like to extend to you an exclusive invitation to my free singing webinar.

Next Sunday, January 15 @ 3PM EST I’m releasing Part 1 of my epic training series, called:

UNLOCK YOUR TRUE SINGER POTENTIAL: Yes, My Dude, You Can Become a Good Singer

**As the video plays, I’ll be there live chatting with you in the comments section of the webinar!**

Be sure to RSVP for the webinar, as space is limited >

This is a 3-part video series that totals over 90 minutes of free singing training! Part 1 comes next Sunday, then parts 2 and 3 throughout the week. 

It’s unlike anything you’ve seen from me before (or probably elsewhere), as we will be learning and singing along together, using powerful visual cueing and creativity to access your body and voice. We will get into the nitty gritty of how to build a lifelong singer strategy that WORKS. And I will show you how to build CONFIDENCE & CONSISTENCY every time you go to sing or perform.¬†

RSVP for my epic singing webinar, where you can live chat with me! >

This webinar is a free introduction to my elite training course Singing Transformation: 360 Degrees of Vocal Training, which re-opens for enrollment at the end of this month (after 8 months of being closed, eek!). The entire experience — from webinar to registration — is heart-poundingly exciting for me because SO many singers get SUCH incredible results.

I hope to see you there and hope you’ll chat with me!

Lots of love,

Fel

P.S. I want to thank all of you who participated in my singer survey and Skype lottery! Update- I’m still going through all 2,359 response (lol) but will announce the Skype winners ASAP!

In the meantime, be sure to RSVP to the webinar so you can secure a spot — there’s tons of interest this year and I like to cap attendance so that I’m not overwhelmed with the live chatting. ūüôā

In my webinar, I will teach you:

  • Why it’s fruitless to worry about your “maximum potential” – and why¬†you¬†(and you alone) determine your own vocal potential
  • Why practicing on your own doesn’t need to be a marathon (and is actually really simple)
  • The REAL reason voice lessons and teachers haven’t worked for you in the past
  • The magical power of visual cueing and linking your mind, body, and emotions
  • Why the best singers are their own voice teachers — and their own cheerleaders
  • How to feel free in performance while still maintaining great technique
  • How to set mental, emotional, and physical conditions so your voice doesn‚Äôt ‚Äúcome and go‚ÄĚ

Claim your spot at my free webinar >

Let’s do this! xo

How to Sing “Silent Night” – Pop Singing vs. Musical Theater

Time for a ridiculous, holiday-themed video that explores the differences between pop singing and musical theater singing!

More specifically,¬†I will sing “Silent Night” two different ways, all while wearing an ugly Christmas sweater.

The gist of the two approaches is:

  1. Musical theater singing features pure, open, sustained vowels and is more faithful to rhythm.
  2. Pop singing lets you have more freedom with pronunciation. Play around with diphthongs, rhythms, breathiness, and vocal fry, as these simple adjustments can instantly change the genre of the singing. If you struggle with how to sing pop, hopefully these simple approaches can help you start to reshape your sound.

This isn’t a detailed musical theater or pop singing tutorial per se, but it’s a fun ‘n’ silly video that contrasts some key approaches that can help make your singing sound more pop-py.

(Because I personally am a beginner pop singer, I would consider this pop singing for beginners. ūüôā )

xo Fel

P.S. Don’t forget to get on the waitlist for my 8-week online singing course¬†Singing Transformation,¬†re-opening January 2017! The experience begins with a free 90+ minute singing webinar that is pretty awesome. Hope to see you there!

P.P.S. And if you’re struggling with last-minute holiday gift ideas, you can give¬†your singer friends one of my other online¬†singing courses!! Here’s how.

My Skype Lottery is Back!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Nope, I don’t mean the holidays….

I mean: it’s time for my Singing Survey and Skype Lottery! Woooooo!

Can you lend 3 minutes to answer my quick survey?

Every year I revise my elite 8-week training program Singing Transformation directly from your singer feedback. Singing Transformation is my “teaching opus” — my mondo fun and cool singing course designed to teach CONFIDENCE and CONSISTENCY in a truly epic and comprehensive way.

The best part: I add to it every year, and use your comments to help shape (1) the way I teach, (2) what I teach. Plus, I’ll use your feedback for all of my future courses / videos / teaching topics.

The more I can get to know you, the better I’ll be able to help you. ūüôā

Extra cool part? If you complete the survey you’ll be in the running to get a free Skype session / convo with me — I’ll be picking 3 singers to chat with from all those who enter.*

Fill Out the Singer Survey and Enter My Skype Lottery >

*You can also complete the survey & simply opt-out of the Skype lottery, either way is cool ūüôā

Thank you SO MUCH for being such an awesome, helpful, valuable member of my online community. Without you none of this would be possible!

Love and surveys,

Fel

P.S. Even (especially!) if you’re already enrolled in Singing Transformation, I’d love to hear your feedback. The survey takes about 3 minutes and asks you about your top singing questions, as well as the kinds of topics you’re interested in.

Take the survey and help a Fel out >

Your answers will help me make Singing Transformation even better this year — and hopefully we’ll get a chance to Skype chat (fingers crossed).

xo

How to Purchase a Fel Singing Course as a Gift

Hey, great idea! Here are the instructions.

  • Select, checkout, and purchase.
  • After purchasing, please¬†email¬†Support@FeliciaRicci.com with
    1. Subject line: “Gift Purchase”
    2. The name of the product you purchased.
    3. The email you used to purchase.
    4. The name and email of the intended GIFT RECIPIENT.
  • Within 1-2 business days, a support staff member on Team Fel will reply¬†with your gift¬†recipient’s login information (he or she will use your recipient’s provided email).

 

 

 

 

Are You Scared Of Being Accomplished?

I sat down to write a singing-related newsletter but all the topics kept falling flat (no offense, singing, I still love you, but that’s¬†the truth).

At this moment, on the verge of 2017, my mind and heart are seated on the metaphysical equivalent of a Six Flags rollercoaster.

There’s¬†a fine line for me to walk with respect to divulging¬†personal thoughts. I don’t want to veer too far off topic — you most likely found me¬†online and enjoyed¬†my singing lessons and info, and¬†Dr. Phil moments might not be your thing —

But what the hell. Maybe we can relate to each other and stuff. ūüôā

Here goes.

Accomplishment scares the sh*t out of me.

On the Grand Staircase of Life (I don’t even know what that means? But let’s embrace this architectural¬†metaphor for a second) I do this thing where I painstakingly climb to a new, higher step,¬†look around, smile, feel the accomplishment, take a breath….

…then feel the blistering¬†altitude, the ensuing vertigo, clutch my pearls*, start screaming “It’s too high! It’s just…too…high!” and¬†summon¬†all my willpower /¬†recite every motivational mantra / close my eyes and sway softly in order not¬†to tumble straight back down.

(*I don’t actually wear pearls.)

Bottom line: fear makes every accomplishment feel risky.

I’m pointing this out because this is way more subtle than I, and maybe you, ever thought. I always thought fear was OBVIOUS, like¬†a villain in a movie.¬†Sneering and greasy and wearing dark clothing and speaking in¬†vague accents.

But in real life,¬†fear works undercover. Fear stages¬†subconscious sabotage. Fear dresses up as “common sense.”

Fear isn’t a monster. Fear is familiar. Fear tells us:

“If I¬†[ACCOMPLISH X] then there are downsides. Better stay safe.”

“And if I DON’T¬†[ACCOMPLISH X]¬†then there are actually many benefits! Life can stay warm, fuzzy, comforting, and status quo.”

Here are some examples taken from “Fel’s Fear Brain,”¬†a mysterious and baffling entity:

  • “If I become more confident, then there are actually downsides. I could turn off my friends, my customers, my family, and be a lonely, confident weirdo.”
  • “If I DON’T become more confident, at least I know I’m taken care of, and life will stay normal and steady and familiar.”
  • “If I perform more, then there are actually downsides. I’ll seem like a stuck-up, attention-seeking nut. Worse, I could make a fool of myself, and invite ridicule, and make people think I *think* I’m so amazing, when in reality, I’m not!”
  • “If I DON’T perform more, at least I can stick to¬†what’s working, and not suffer any embarrassment or revelations that I actually suck.”
  • “If I grow my business, then there are actually downsides. I’ll lose touch with the people I love (you, my students), I won’t have any time, I will stop being genuine, I will become a greedy¬†freak, I will grow a goatee and laugh maniacally.”
  • “If I DON’T¬†grow my business, I won’t have to worry about more responsibility, or any competition, or any other conflicts. I’ll stay small but familiar, and unthreatening.”

….I think you get the idea?

But even¬†though I’m shaken and wary, I feel hopeful. Why? Because I’m NOTICING this dynamic.

Noticing fear’s subtle UPSIDE/DOWNSIDE tactic is the first step to moving beyond it.

So I’m asking you to ask yourself, on the verge of 2017, to do the same.

Time to engage in a long, hard, intimate, maybe even sexy stare at your fears.

Ask yourself:

  • What am I holding myself back from doing?
  • Is it…singing more?
  • Making time for myself?
  • Taking care of my body and exercising?
  • Performing in front of others?
  • Auditioning for that local musical?
  • Speaking in front of coworkers?
  • Giving a lecture at a nearby school?
  • Asking for a raise?
  • Changing careers because WHAT THE HELL?
  • Starting my¬†own online business?
  • Writing that love letter?

Fear will act accordingly. It will show you all the DOWNSIDES of acting up. It will also show you all the BENEFITS of staying exactly as you are.

But we know better now, don’t we?

When you’re on the “Grand Staircase Of Life” (lol this metaphor), and you summon the courage to take one step higher, before you leap back down, take a pause and remember:

  • You are not alone. We are all secretly worried, wondering, seeking, embarrassed, and winging it. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.
  • Acting with faith and courage is (1) easy to write in a social media quote, (2) really¬†f*cking hard to do in real life. (“Leap and the net will appear” — YEAH OKAY HOW ABOUT NO?) ūüôā But it will get easier.
  • Have patience¬†through the fear. If you can feel fear or discomfort and not run from it, often you can literally change the feeling. A daily meditation practice (or daily singing practice! for many, singing = meditation) can help you hone in on these fearful feelings, and ultimately release them.
  • You are contributing to a higher good. When we elevate our state, and move toward joy, we elevate the mood of the planet.¬†(Example: “Auditioning for that local musical means I will move closer to my dream of performing, which means I will live with more joy, which means I will encourage others to do the same.)

Here’s the moment where we all take a long, cleansing¬†sigh.

This felt good to write. I hope it also felt good to read.

I want you to know that I’m here for you, and that each and every one of us has a vital mission to move toward joy and the highest version of ourselves. That doesn’t necessarily mean the big bucks,¬†or the best grades, or the best house, or the best resume —

It means having the strength to perceive fear, and take¬†each¬†new¬†step anyway. It means having¬†the courage and faith that we’ve all got each others’ backs.

I’m here for you. Thanks for being there for me.

Love,

Fel

P.S. Leave me a comment about anything at all. I’ll read every single one.

Sneak Peek at The Lazy Singer’s Warmups!

Do you struggle with knowing how to warm up your voice, especially on days when you’re time crunched?

I’ve been there.

Even if you only have 10 minutes, it’s better to warm up efficiently than to skip a practice session altogether.

But WHAT exactly do you do? And is it really possible to get good vocal work done in a short amount of time??

Yes.

And I’ve got your back ūüôā

Enter:¬†The Lazy Singer’s Warmups! — my brand new warmup set. It’s designed to build consistency, vocal freedom, and relaxed, open singing in just 10-33 minutes per day.

You get the MAXIMUM amount of results in the absolute MINIMUM amount of time.

If you only have 10 minutes, I’ve got you covered. A little more time? You can keep going with 3 more. And so on. And on days when you have 33 minutes? Do the entire set!

Any way you slice it, you build vocal consistency without wasting time.

As a bonus for my awesome email subscribers and blog followers, I’m posting Lazy Warmup #2 below — it’s called “The Lip Trill Extravaganza!”

For a sneak peek at what these warmups are like: (1) Watch the Cue video, where I explain how it works and what to do, (2) Watch the Demo video of me singing through the entire warmup, (3) download the audio file (.mp3) for you take with you and practice, (4) sing along and feel how this simple warmup gets your voice all gooey and open!

The full set of¬†Lazy Singer’s Warmups¬†includes 12 warmups, each with a detailed cue video and full demo video,¬†as well as audio downloads for all warmups. You also get a free bonus .PDF of singing-related FAQs that will become available in the next couple weeks.

Please watch the cue video, and then give The Lip Trill Extravaganza a try (you can sing along with me)!

 

Right-click HERE to download the “Lip Trill Extravaganza” audio file >

 

Do you like what you’re seeing / hearing / feeling? I hope you’ll join me in the full Lazy Singer’s Warmups¬†course!

*UPDATE on 11/25/16 — All warmups¬†now available! ūüôā¬†Get them here!*

Lazily yours,

xo Fel

How to Sing Any Song with Modified Lyrics

This video is about my favorite singing “hack” – modified lyrics! This easy singing tip will give you the most bang for your buck, even (especially) if you’re a beginner.

If you’ve watched my “How to Sing Chandelier by Sia” video, or any others in my pop song series, you know that I like to take regular English words and translate lyrics into singer-friendly vowels. Why? It can do WONDERS for your singing.

When you rewrite singing lyrics with more “open” vowels, which are easier and more resonant to sing, they become a million times easier for singers to tackle.

What’s more, it makes your singing tone less closed or pinched, and more open, rich, and resonant.

I get tons of requests to translate specific songs, which I will keep doing in future, but I also wanted to give you my guidelines so that you can do it for any song that you like to sing!

Be sure to download my .PDF summary so you can check out the best singer vowel translations and start singing in with a more open, resonant, and beautiful tone.

Please leave me a comment to let me know if this video helped you translate and sing your favorite songs!

xo Fel

 

Sing Without Tension – 3 Easy Warmups

Vocal tension is the #1 culprit of strained singing, vocal fatigue, burnout, and vocal problems! These 3 warmups will help prime you for relaxed, open, free singing.

Remember: if you’re someone who experience lots bodily tension (like yours truly!), singing¬†without tension is possible — you just have to incorporate relaxation techniques into your vocal routine.

The 3 vocal warmups in the video below are:

(1) The Teapot Hiss – eliminates lower body, ribcage, and lower back tension that can creep “up the chain” and affect your voice.

(2) The Scary Lion’s Yawn – busts jaw, tongue, neck, and throat tension, all in one!

(3) “Oh, Wow!” – a simple warmup to reinforce a relaxed jaw and open throat.

Try these simple vocal warmups and let me know if they help you relax and free up your voice! I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

Also — stay tuned for my vocal warmup series called “The Lazy Singer’s Warmups,” coming soon! Sign up for email updates to the right and you’ll be the first to hear about¬†them, along with fun bonus goodies,¬†once they’re released.

 

 

 

Vocal Warmup to Open Your Voice (and Give Yourself Love!)

Singer buds! Many of you have talked to me about the incredible amounts of tension you experience while singing, and I want to help!

I’ve been cooking up some cool warmups that (1) Relax you, (2) Open your voice, (3) Get you LOVING on yourself and feeling confident. ūüôā

(I’ve been trying to come up with a title for these, I’m thinking “Let’s Get Singer-High”?)

Anyway, I wanted to give you a short ‘n’ sweet preview of one¬†warmup that will get you to:

(1) Open your voice and relax your throat and larynx

(2) Lift your soft palate while relaxing your jaw

(3) Look at yourself in the mirror and think HEY I LOVE MYSELF!

And here it is!

The sung line¬†is “I LIKE LOOKING AT YOU” and the musical pattern is 1-1-3-2-1-1.

Simple, right?

Here’s the nitty gritty:

 

(1) Look in the mirror while you do this. It will help to make sure….

(2) You keep the back of your mouth open and relaxed the whole time, kind of like you’re yawning. So you sing “I LIKE LOOKING AT YOU” more like “I LAHK LUHKING AHT YUH.”

(2) When you create these words, keep your jaw dropped and try not to move it. Stay open.

(3) Your tongue basically has two “touch points”: the back of your bottom teeth, and the back of your top teeth.

(4) Start around a middle C and go for about an octave and change. Stop if it starts to hurt.

(5) As always, breathe using your diaphragm!

(6) Really heed the words you’re saying. YOU LIKE LOOKING AT YOURSELF because DAYMN you’re sexy.

 

Hope this warmup is helpful! Leave me a comment to let me know (1) if some more warmups from me to relax you and get you feeling the love for yourself and your voice sounds fun, (2) whether you enjoyed this warmup!

Love,

Fel

 

P.S. Fellow songwriters! Tonight at 8PM my voice teacher Cari Cole is doing a Facebook live event for songwriters!

It’s her 2nd free training before her Signature Songwriting Circle begins this week — enrollment period is almost over and the course is almost sold out.

 

The free training topic is:

 

Songwriting Shop Talk: Writing Songs That Will Get You Discovered

 

…and it’s going to be rad.

 

Cari Cole is an¬†Artist Development Expert & New Music Business Mentor, and she has so much wisdom to offer to aspiring songwriters ready to get serious.¬†She’s going to share how there are no real “tricks” to songwriting, and describe how you can hone your artistic process to truly reach your full potential.

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE TONIGHT AT 8PM! >

 

See you soon, amigos! xoxoxo

 

 

If You Feel Stuck, Uninspired, Or Lost

There have been times in my life when I have not practiced my singing. Like, at all.

As with¬†any long term skill, my commitment to singing has had peaks and valleys, especially for the past three years. Sure, sometimes¬†I’ve felt¬†jazzed, but more often than not¬†I’ve been in a “bare-minimum-maintenance-whatever” mode. I practiced¬†a couple times here and there, or not at all. :-/

My excuse was:

I’m good…enough. As long as my singing is decent,¬†I can¬†demo things in my videos and¬†lessons. If I lose my skills a little, what’s the big deal? It’s not like I’m singing for audiences¬†anymore.

(Ugh. Just reading those thoughts back to myself is hard. What an uninspiring point of view!)

And because I felt so uninspired, my singing suffered.

When it comes to singing, or any long-term goal, frame of mind is everything.

When I am not inspired, I lose momentum. When I lose momentum, I stop tending to myself and the things I love. 

In my “good enough” phase, my¬†singing skills began to fade. Stuff¬†that used to be easy (belting, delicate controlled singing, long held notes) took more concentration and effort than ever. The less regularly I sang, the more my muscles forgot what great singing felt like. And¬†tension began to creep in like crazy.

I was treating singing like a chore.¬†Rather than mentally CELEBRATING my singing talent, I was focusing¬†on everybody else’s singing. I neglected¬†myself, and¬†was secretly preparing¬†for my downfall.

Oh well, I thought. Time to pass on the torch of singing to the next generation.

This defeated¬†frame¬†of mind¬†was undermining my vocal instrument — something I’d worked my whole life to grow.

And, let me tell you, it was not a fun thing to witness.

Until, one day, the shift happened.

I’m thrilled to report that I’ve felt a surge of energy, optimism, and commitment to my voice. I’ve written about this in a couple¬†of newsletters, so you’ve probably already heard stirrings¬†from me already, but quick recap…

I’m an ARTIST! I’ve come to terms with¬†the fact that¬†I cannot¬†live my life not performing! It’s simply time to pursue my lifelong¬†dream of¬†writing, recording, and performing¬†my own music. Because if I don’t, I will just explode!

My process of realization has been long. It has involved much soul searching, journaling, contemplation, and devoting meaningful time to reawakening my voice.

I know from your comments that you can probably relate to my story.

You are all at different places in your singing/career/life journeys. I know many you have encountered that feeling of plateauing, or not feeling as stoked about singing as you once were.

That is so okay! You are not weird! And you are not doomed! We¬†can totally get the fire back. And here’s how…

HOW TO GET THE FIRE BACK INTO YOUR SINGING:

  1. Set a short term singing goal that makes you giddy with excitement.¬†This could be big or small — as long as it makes you psyched and can happen in the near future. Examples: “In two weeks, I’ll record a love song for my significant other.” “I’ll finally get up and sing karaoke next weekend.” “I’ll audition for a new agent next month.”¬†
  2. Set several¬†goals for the next 6 months to a year.¬†Mine are:¬†I’d like to share music with my mailing list (you!), write 50 songs, record my first album, and perform live locally in Philadelphia.
  3. Set¬†one ridiculous,¬†so-fun-it-tingles goal.¬†Think of this as your “ultimate dream!” Mine is: I’m standing onstage, looking out at a stadium of people,¬†and we are all singing the same melody together. The feeling I get when I picture this is so warm, electric, and tingly!
  4. Commit 100% to a singer ritual. I say “ritual” because your practice time is sacred. For me, I’ve been warming up every day, rain or shine, and combining it with meditating if I have time. If I don’t have time, I stick to basics: lip trills, diaphragm breathing, jaw, tongue, shoulder stretch (10 minutes is better than no minutes).
  5. Make¬†practice¬†fun¬†and INSPIRING¬†— and visualize¬†your goals!¬†When it’s time to write music I light a candle in my office¬†to stay centered.¬†I also have full view of a¬†Vision Board on my wall, where I’ve posted inspiring photos, many of them of my favorite female artists. I even put on crazy outfits sometimes! I’m talking gold lam√© crop¬†tops and¬†light up LED sneakers (not kidding).

And these¬†days? My¬†voice has come back¬†like a long lost friend. I’M EXCITED, INSPIRED, and COMMITTED, and my singing reflects it.

So don’t¬†tiptoe around calling yourself a “singer” or an “artist” or a “musician” or a WHATEVER. Don’t tiptoe around your goals. Don’t be embarrassed by your dreams. And don’t despair when your enthusiasm seems to dip.

Singing is a lifelong process, and we are all in it together.

You don’t have to have everything figured out. Look at me —¬†I’m still flailing around wildly! I have no idea¬†(1) what my¬†timeline is, (2) how exactly my career is going to come together, (3) what my music is going to sound like when I have some “finished” songs, (4) when¬†I’m going to be comfortable sharing it with you guys (soon, don’t worry! I know, I am so annoying!).

BUT — AS I TEACH, SO I DO! I always encourage you guys to go boldly forth, pursuing your passions, so why don’t I do it,¬†too! THAT IS THE GENERAL IDEA! Let’s not fret about¬†the details right now. Let’s get INSPIRED. Then, one foot in front of the other. And the¬†staircase will appear. ūüôā

I promise you, it’s going to be spectacular!

With love and so much freaking energy,

Fel

P.S. Let me know if you have experienced a dip in your singing confidence and enthusiasm by leaving me a comment! I read every single message. xo