Friday, 4 April 2014

[Free For All Friday]



I'm feeling strangely upbeat and go-getterish right now. Going to try ride this momentum and make some changes.

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Inappropriate hugs to all of y'all (hi fives to the underagers), and wishing you an awesome weekend!

122 comments:

  1. Anyone else seen "Hedwig And The Angry Inch"? Great musical/film

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zU3U7E1Odc

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  2. Continuing my promotion of the excellent and always heartfelt singing by Anouk or as it is called in these parts..my stanning. For expedience sake in just the one post. ;-)
    4 videos of her recent concert with band and an orchestra.
    Live singing as imo it should be...no dubbing, no backtrack and I dare say no autotune.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig5RTaFvjGI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gSJNxifgdw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH3lw9wAjw8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfBOYS0CR44

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  3. Haven't seen it. Last movie I saw was Gravity. Which was awesome.
    But I heard good things about the Hedwig and the Angry Inch movie. Guess I should check it out. :-)

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  4. Also a couple of folks here should be real pleased to finally see a picture of me. ;-D

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  5. Totally. I don't know how I stumbled onto it, but i'm so glad i did

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  6. Question: yea, I know the competition still needs to be done. But I was wondering, if between then and now, we had a post (maybe every month) where we pick a song and you guys/anyone interested posts a version/rendition of it. I'm not sure what the point of that post would be other than to foster community or give you guys a chance to show off your skills.

    Thoughts?

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  7. That sounds like a fun idea...until the same damn songs get picked which get covered in every "talent show" on tv i.e. the belting Whitney/Mariah/Celine covers

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  8. I suppose Free for all friday posts could discuss the song choice

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  9. Well, that definitely sounds like a worthy idea DD. Please, continue to cultivate it; I'll be looking forward to seeing what comes of it. :)

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  10. https://24.media.tumblr.com/11294369060eb432b10f52594fe1653f/tumblr_mmb1hklMJd1r93xiko1_500.gif

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  11. why everyone has same icon?(smiling black woman)

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  12. she's here to teach you a valuable lesson: "Smile and the world smiles with you"

    https://31.media.tumblr.com/15e27987b171d5f8ebdc8b743da6e349/tumblr_inline_n0cpq16cOP1r4crso.gif

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  13. Barbra Streisand + Judy Garland = Legato Heaven.


    Here they are, two of Popular music's "Greatest Female- Vocalists".

    What an astounding duet- performance. I will forever revel in their level of technique & musicianship, namely being their clarity of control, diction and phrasing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYpcFHtxm60

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  14. She will be doing her first live performance in forever later this year!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZMR4m3HV9Y

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  15. Primo Uomo Assoluto4 April 2014 at 21:00

    This performance is in CD 1 of the 4 disc archival compilation "Just for the record" by Barbra. It is full of her best live performances, rarities and B-sides. I highly recommend it.

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  16. Primo Uomo Assoluto4 April 2014 at 21:03

    I've been wanting to share this video with ye all. It is so macabre, grotesque, revolting and disturbing that it pushes the boundery from trash into high art. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkZLl1CUT9s

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  17. Primo Uomo Assoluto4 April 2014 at 21:15

    My favorite divas are coming back with new music, first Kylie with "Kiss me once", then Anastacia with "Resurrection" in May, and also in May one of my biggest influences Monica Naranjo releases a compilation album of her greatest hits reworked, remixed and reimagined with modern production. The album marks 20 years of musical career and will be called "4.0". Here's the first single, a remake of her 1994 song "Solo se vive una vez" (You only live once). The cover of the album is inspired by Chernobyl.

    Here's the 2014 version of "Solo se vive una vez", awesome rock electronica

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR3aTgLcaKQ

    And as reference, the original 1994 version, very euro dance :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHAf2sDQGP4

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  18. Primo Uomo Assoluto4 April 2014 at 21:23

    A new-old B-side by Lana leaked out earlier this week, it has a fun disco beat, I'm feeling it! Though apparently it won't be part of her new album "Ultraviolence".

    https://soundcloud.com/kaan-erdal/meet-me-in-the-pale-moonlight

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  19. Can somebody explain to me exactly what legato is?

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  20. I'm really curious to see what you guys think of Cassadee Pope, season 3 winner of The Voice. She's been criticized on more than one occasion on her voice (never on the show though, don't get me started on how excessively they pimped this girl). Here's a video of her performing her song "Wasting All These Tears". Thoughts? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MhOfcp1Geg

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  21. Here's one for all the blues/jazz people. Also from Back to Basics, is "I Got Trouble", it legitimately sounds like a 40's/50's vinyl recording, highly inspired by Bessie Smith. You might recognize it from the beginning of the "Ain't No Other Man" video (my favorite Xtina video).
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OgrUpEpTYM

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  22. Ive listened to loads of Lana's unreleased songs and haven't found any I dislike. I love black beauty, Hollywood, and songs like Lucky Ones and Burning desire

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  23. I really appreciate Lana Del Rey. I love how she has her own sound and it's actually good which is missing in a lot of Top 40s.

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  24. As long as we avoid cliches I might be brave enough to join in. :3

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  25. Having heard you sing I'd say....You definitely should Brian! :-)

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  26. OMG I am like your biggest fan. Gurl ever since I had seent you in Precious I had been lieeeeeek. *pops* She da sheet. #ghettoliciouswitch. #runbitchrun. #Hashtag.

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  27. I was getting really confident for awhile but I've gotten a lot of dislikes on my Let it go video. Id be lying if I said It didnt hit the self esteem but Im still working on it. <:)

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  28. Great call! I did love that. Even enough to download it. Thanks! :-)

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  29. And I like this one as well! :-)

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  30. It also due to the soundeffects sound like something from the 20-ies. Which reminded me of this cover...though this of course pure and unaltered music.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R47a9s5glnA

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  31. Amber Riley releases song from her album "Colorblind"





    Diva Devotee should make a real post about this.

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  32. Wankers! Who lack taste and/or are jealous!
    Nobody is ever liked by EVERYBODY Brian. I like your singing and you know I am far from easy to please nor the kind to lie about my taste.

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  33. Yes..I heard I was awesome in that movie. But that statue takes too much polishing I can tell ya! I am glad Sandy won it instead. :-)

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  34. Haha thank you Opie. And I know...I just need to get used to it. And to get over myself. ;P

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  35. http://i352.photobucket.com/albums/r349/reddragon2_photos/tumblr_mp6q63zn961qa5etko2_250_zps2f6c3cf2.gif

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  36. Brandy Clark recently performed at the Perez studios (had no idea gossip blogs could lead to such heights as owning your own studio LOL)
    But let's forgive her the place and focus on the wonderful songwriting and lovely singing instead...:-)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4iTE39q_fs

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  37. She won the voice? Wow. No wonder I don't watch the show. She's got a pretty voice. But there are also moments of Jessica Simpson in there...it's uncanny. She's pretty.

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  38. Well, if I were to explain it as simply as possible:


    "Legato", in music and/or vocal performance, means that the notes either being sung or played are executed in a 'smooth' and 'connected' manner. The word is Italian for "tied together" to be exact.


    Within vocal performance, for instance, singing a legato line can be quite difficult. I wouldn't say the respective singer has to be legitimately trained in that area in order to perform the technique properly (unless, of course, you're already classically trained) but they will need to have an instinctive musical ear, especially from a technical standpoint per say; steady breath support as well as volume and intonation control are essential as each note must 'flow/slide' seamlessly into the next. Also, their jaw must be relaxed and their tongue placed in the correct position.


    As an example - try to sing a melody (twinkle, twinkle little star perhaps) on a singular vowel (A, E, I O, U). In doing so, try to sing the notes by not starting each note with a "H-" sound but, instead, sing the the song on one long, extended vowel whilst taking in subtle breaths when required.

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  39. I already own it and this duet- performance is one of my all-time favorites from her archives. Thank you regardless...

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  40. That's sort of what I thought, but thanks, that's quite helpful.

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  41. I figured you would with that folksy acoustic guitar :-)

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  42. iv had this on repeat recently, they way she sings it is full of flaws but its a singer just SINGING not polishing a product just really really singing and god damn it makes me want to light some candles , light the incense and spend time with my man haha. im hoping for big things from this girl.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfrRBqscf7I

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  43. "Stripes" is amazeballs (yesh, I just said amazeballs)! And I'm not too into country, so, that's a hard feat for someone relatively under the radar. I wish they played it on radio.

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  44. Yes. There is, absolutely, no doubt in my mind that Jazmine, should she continue honing her voice with her fruitful technique, will mature into a graceful Contralto by the time she reaches her mid- 40's +. However, by all means, the vocal transition can and may happen much earlier. All in all, her tessitura continues to slowly descend, her tonal coloring has darkened (though not dramatically) these past couple of years and her voice is starting to experience its comfortable primary & secondary passagio points at E4 & E5 respectively, similar to that of a 'Coloratura Contralto' such as Annie Lennox.

    Nonetheless, Jazmine is great and I cannot wait for her new album,

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  45. In other news, my obsession of the week is "Over the Love" by Florence + The Machine from the primarily awful, Great Gatsby soundtrack! This song, "Young and Beautiful", Emeli Sande's cover of "Crazy in Love", and Beyoncé's part of "Back to Black" are the only fitting things on the entire thing. Jay-Z could not have made a worse soundtrack if he executively produced a record for a movie about Victorian Era England. Hip-Hop, Rapping, and Electronic dance did not exist in the 1920's. But anyway yeah, "Over the Love" is incredible.
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XaHSxSyXek

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  46. Aaah but it wasn't the guitar which did it. It was the singing and the melody.

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  47. Just a note, the whole film was supposed to be the Great Gatsby, with a modern twist.
    Personally, I felt the songs included in the film suited the Golden Era (or "gold-painted" era) very well. Was that the soundscape of the time? no. Did it reflect the mindset and ideals? certainly.

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  48. Well I'm glad I introduced a song to you that you liked. And how about Fiona Apple, does she do anything for you?

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  49. I remember being a teen and listening to her during my emotional years, when she was with her band "Hey Monday", even then I wasn't crazy about her. She really hasn't improved all that much since I last heard her, either...

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  50. I do buy that this was recorded a while ago, but I feel like this was intentionally leaked, as a means to announce the new single.

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  51. I get where you're coming from, but I still think there could have been some better selections for the soundtrack.

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  52. I'm hoping "Pantera en Libertad (4.0), sounds something similar to the 3.0 version she did with Pastora Soler. I'm excited for all the records mentioned, but Kylie's album left me wanting more.

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  53. I understand, I just felt that the film did a good job of bringing the spirit of the past into a modern form. Although, I wasn't crazy about the film (casting was my biggest issue, along with some other critiques.)

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  54. Random question!! Would soprano's be considered the superior vocal type? It seems a lot of sopranos, although many have quite light voices (Mariah, Ariana - yes Ariana does have potential, but the girl gotta stop botsing it and trying to sell her self out as the new Mariah lol) they also seem to have an extremely large range. Is this true?

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  55. TBH I am still obsessed with Anouk's Ziggo dome vids but also just been very busy and a mind otherwise engaged in worries about assorted pets and friends. But like I said, I liked her and WILL check out more of her work soon as I have the mindset. :-)

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  56. LOL Aren't you officially still a "teen"?

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  57. Gotcha, mood is everything, and don't I know something about mood first and second hand.

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  58. No vocal type is superior to the other, they each have their own strengths.

    If you're talking purely range, contraltos tend to have the largest ranges, as they have both low notes and high notes. Well developed mezzos also have larger ranges as well, for the same reasons.

    Ariana's range, when examined is actually quite tiny.

    Her voice disappears below F4, and is pure air by the time she's in the 3rd octave.
    For the most part, she can control her belts up to G#5.
    Her falsetto is very uncontrolled, even though she can reach up to G6 with it, I'd hardly count it, as she can't control it.
    When you take into consideration what she can sing with resonance, and control (which is one's ACTUAL range), her voice comes out to around F#4 to E6 (Whistle isn't truly part of the voice, but if you want to count it, F#4 to E7).
    Moral of this post.. No fach is greater than the other.

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  59. Literally, yes, being 19.
    I'm referring to when I was 14-15.
    Typically 18-19 year olds aren't called teenagers..

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  60. What would Ariana's strong vocal pint be? Does she have potential in head voice? Or is the only thing that 'rings' in her voice is belting?

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  61. LOL They are by people for whom most of their teens is a practically forgotten era already. ;-D
    Hell, I would refer to some folks in their very early twenties as "teenagers" Hahaha

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  62. Primo Uomo Assoluto5 April 2014 at 02:41

    Good response! and Indeed, Contraltos tend to naturally have bigger ranges as well as agility. But there are very few real contraltos in pop music. I'd also say the Assoluta vocal fach is quite special, but its success depends mostly on its technique, as being a voice of such possibilities requires superior skill to be able to control it.

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  63. Primo Uomo Assoluto5 April 2014 at 02:43

    My favorite of her unreleased tracks is "GoGo Dancer" :P

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  64. Primo Uomo Assoluto5 April 2014 at 02:47

    Monica always delivers quality, though she makes her fans wait and wait and wait. I think she is managed very badly, this compilation album was announced in february, and finally a single was released in late march, and the album and single went #1 in Spanish charts as pre-release, but the album comes out in May - meaning any buzz will have died out by then - and the single was only made available to purchase in Spain - making it difficult for fans to acquire it by means other than illegal downloading.

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  65. You should check out Leann Rimes' album "Spitfire" as well. More country pop but still mostly in the imo "right" side...that of Country.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ool74BRREms

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge_NiWX6tzg



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsBK1tDhDTg

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  66. Being a fan of Fiona Apple, I'm used to big waits in between albums. I've got my calenders marked for 2019 LOL.
    I'm glad that she tends to her albums, doesn't rush things (Monica).
    I was disappointed to find that the single didn't see at least a Europe release. Thankfully a friend in Spain gifted me the song, as I didn't want to pirate it, as I see her as an artist worth putting my coins behind.

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  67. Her upper-belting is her strong point, though she forces the volume sometimes, causing a bit of distortion in her voice.

    I really haven't heard her use her head voice, only her falsetto.

    Of course she has potential, everyone does, the question is will she capitalize on her potential?

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  68. Bit disappointed, one of my favorite songs (if not my favorite) from last year finally gets an "official" music video, but it is SO lackluster, imo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLAW1swjjcc

    Personally, I find this dubbed over, live debut video 100x more interesting to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaMbT2FXmEc

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  69. I'd suggest starting with her album "When The Pawn..." , imo her strongest album.

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  70. Let it go, let it go-ooo...

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  71. I don't get why personally don't understand why Lana seemed to steal the spotlight for the soundtrack. Over the love is insanely good,

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  72. I noticed that too! I should have looked at it before I just decided to copy the link. Still good though

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  73. Because Lana's song is catchier, and they played it like 6 times during the movie, in several different forms lol.

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  74. Seeing as I trust your advice Seren, I will go and hunt that album down already for when I am ready to check her out more thoroughly. :-)

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  75. I haven't seen this movie yet. Maybe thats why lol. I like Lanas song though.

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  76. Definitely :). I noticed that the ending on this video sounds distinctly different than the original recording. Idk why but I like it.

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  77. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GcWl3KIPO0 She may have bad technique sometimes but I still love her voice on this track.

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  78. Primo Uomo Assoluto5 April 2014 at 04:28

    I think Christina's best vocals are in this song as well as "I got trouble", "Falling in love again", "Genie 2.0", "Birds of prey", etc.

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  79. Primo Uomo Assoluto5 April 2014 at 04:32

    A vocal range video of the underrated yet fabulous vocalist Maureen McGovern. In her low and middle-low registers she reminds me of a young Barbra, and as she goes higher she accesses a gorgeously pure, first class agility coloratura soprano extension.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5OoASLxC6k

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  80. I love "Birds of Prey"! And, my god, I got Primo to speak in a positive light about Christina! I consider this an accomplishment.

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  81. Primo Uomo Assoluto5 April 2014 at 04:39

    Devonte explained it well. I think another thing could be said that many classical singers liken legato to the string on a pearl necklace. Each note is a pearl and must be clearly produced, on the center of the pitch with no slurs or slides (though passing tones are normal and allowed), but the constant stream of air of focused air that keeps the vocal line going is the legato.

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  82. I'm collecting notes for a Dolly Parton video. Anybody 'round here know of any significant highs/lows? From what I've found so far, her range covers E3-C♯6.

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  83. Hey, every note Dolly sings is significant!

    Just kidding but I love Dolly and think it's great you are making a video. :-)
    Maybe it will lead to a well deserved vocal profile here.
    Here's one of my favorite Dolly songs. Because it's just so real life. (plus of course it has the awesome harmonizing of Alison Krauss)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXuo7nk7tQ4

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  84. It was a lady, slightly older than Jazmine Sullivan that reminded me of her. I think she's 29 and her voice was that of a low-mezzo too but I never really dove into her music. She had this "Shark in the water" song. VV Brown? Well VV, though I still think she's might be a mezzo (can't call because I don't listen to her), had a voice drop to near androgynous quality, even in the belting range. And don't the lower voices as well as dramatic voices take the most time to mature?

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  85. Primo Uomo Assoluto5 April 2014 at 05:49

    The X stans are stanning strong tonight.

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  86. Primo Uomo Assoluto5 April 2014 at 05:51

    Cool song! kinda funny they have real drums and orchestral instruments on the video when the song is 100% electro pop :P

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  87. this blog should be named "ariana grande devotee" instead of "diva devotee":\

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  88. probs not though babe.

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  89. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_yTPR7Je2A

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  90. Stopped it before the first minute ended. What in the world is this supposed to mean?

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  91. After leaving a bit cold with their EP, Boyce Avenue gifts me with this cover. I love the rocky edge they give to the song!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqoyxYyZkJg

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  92. Well, the maturation process of ones voice depends on the singer's, overall, vocal anatomy itself. Mechanistically speaking, Cher's voice didn't mature into that of a 'Full- Lyric Contralto' until she was in her 30's; post- 1975 to be exact whereas Gladys Knight's voice has only just begun to experience it's development into that of a Contralto these past 15 years and she is now in her 60's. They were both 'Dark, Lower- Set Mezzo Soprano's' prior to their transitions. On the other hand, Patti Labelle's voice didn't mature into that of a 'Full- Dramatic Soprano' until she was in her 40's; post- 1980 to be exact, as she was a 'Full- Spinto Soprano' prior to that whereas Whitney Houston (had she taken care of her voice when in its prime) may have matured into a 'Full- Dramatic Soprano' much later in life [her mid- 50's perhaps] as her voice sat closer to the lyrical- spectrum of the Spinto sub-fach unlike Patti Labelle's whose voice was much heavier, naturally.


    Let us take your voice for example, now as a 'Spinto Tenor', judging by the way you continue to highlight the ever-changing qualities of your timbre & registration points, there is a chance that you just may mature into a 'Full- Dramatic Tenor' by the time you reach your early- 30's (or your late 20's perhaps though this is very rare) however this depends on how well you take care of your voice until then nevertheless.

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  93. I think that everyone covering the same song it's gonna get a little bit boring. Why don't we choose an artist instead and then everyone chooses any song they like by him/her? That way we'll have a bit more variety. Also, we could let the winner choose the next artist (and avoid repeting if possible).

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  94. I'm hardly a stan. This is like one of the only Christina songs I like. I know her belting sounds rough but I like it.

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  95. I adore Maureen McGovern. I own two of her 'Greatest Hits' albums. Although I am more a fan of her voice when she is singing within her lower and lower- mid registers, I would argue that the best attribute to her instrument is, essentially, her head voice; I can't help but revel in its agility, those staccato notes at F6 and F#6 were absolutely glorious. Nonetheless, the voice has such an even and bright tone at the top and it extends so ever- gracefully upwards.

    Anyway, I'm curious to know what you think about the great Billy Eckstine? He is definitely a prime inspiration of mine. He didn't have much of a range but that is the least important aspect of a singers voice in my opinion. Akin to Maureen, musically speaking, his use of legato was stunning as was his diction, phrasing and intonation; a beautiful, masculine, Baritone voice that blossomed in its lower regions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRwrO52UKOo

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  96. I love her, hoping she will be performing on the final of The Voice tonight

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  97. I love her studio version of I will survive

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ZjE2KTFgM

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  98. why he's looking so sad whilst singing a song about being happy?

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  99. He always does that face, it's pretty much the only thing I hate about him ^^U

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  100. A "girl group" I am really liking right now. Here's a nice article on them.


    https://music.yahoo.com/blogs/the-new-now/della-mae-fact-generally-212355117.html

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  101. For those interested to be better able to place this genre of music, here's a good article at Wikipedia explaining the region and it's cultural history where this music hails from. (And to explain the origin and counter act some of the stereotypes this music is associated with)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachia

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  102. I've always wanted to know this... Could somebody explain what they think Whitney Houston's hardest songs are??! I know she has many , too many, but I want to know what everyone else thinks!

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  103. You're Still My Man.
    Her rendition of I WIll Always Love You.
    Her rendition of I Am Changing (if you haven't heard it you MUST listen to it)
    I Have Nothing/ I think there are like 2 modulations, not entirely certain, but there's definitely a modulation in it, and modulations are always a bit tough to confront.

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  104. 1) "Didn't We Almost Have It all": In addition to the respective singer needing to maintain both strength & stamina throughout the songs climatic conclusions, the melody continuously switches back and forth between two keys and requires the singer to keep a steady, balanced vocal line whilst alternating from soft ‘lyric’ passages to long, ‘dramatic’ phrases. All in all, an exceptional amount of power and breath support is obliged should somebody want to do this song any form of worthy justice.


    2) "Run to You": Fundamentally, it’s the seamless transitions between head-to-chest/chest-to-head voice on this song that is spectacular. The ‘bridge’, indefinitely, is the most difficult part of the song altogether; aside from the, almost, mathematical melisma she displayed there, once again, an exceptional amount of breath support is compulsory.

    3) "I’m Your Baby Tonight": This song is, without a doubt, Whitney’s most challenging Up-Tempo song. It explores her upper- chest register much more significantly than any other song in her entire discography overall. The song is exceedingly rhythmic and withholds very large intervals and prominent key changes throughout thus requiring pristine- pitch precision and breath control if to be executed and sustained properly. The 'bridge' and 'breakdown', towards the end of the song, are sung between ‘F5 – G#5’ at an extremely fast pace, in a chest-dominant mix also.



    4) I Have Nothing 5) I'm Every Woman 6) I Wanna Dance With Somebody
    7) I Will Always Love You 8) Love Will Save The Day 9) One Moment In Time 10) You're Still My Man.

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  105. Her voice....she's so disappointing. The climaxes, the range, the runs and the agility on top of it. Why Christina? You have such an amazing instrument =(
    This is probably one of her toughest songs to sing. The arrangement vocally was bananas. She's such an awesome talent. I wish she'd utilize it more efficiently.

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  106. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6jRnuCVw0Q

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  107. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H53q4K3D9V0 Lana goes hard here.

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  108. One song the other two overlooked, Taking A Chance.

    Navigating the different keys that she does is not something easily done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFbF9o9kWuY

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  110. I really hate mine... Well, get frustrated with it because I have the biggest ups and downs... yesterday, I had no lower register, and my voice was way lighter than normal. Today, my voice is thicker with my lower register being consistent down to C2 and even A#1. My upper chest quality stays the same though I would rather call my middle region from A#3-A#4 my strong suit these days rather than back in November when the 5th octave was my strong suit. I just find it ungainly that I can go from ridiculously heavy chest resonance, to light androgynous head resonance so easily on a regular basis and some times to the point that I can't help it (yesterday being a prime example). Its like I can't find where I want my voice to be artistically and it makes me feel rather karaoke. I see singers like Beyonce who belt with tonal homogeneity all the time, but it often comes off as I'm darkening my voice to achieve a sound but in actuality I'm lightening it and the darkness is kinda coming through. I went through a phase of singing with the weight my voice tended to want to carry up into the 4th and 5th octave and though I had no issue hitting the notes, phrasing was rather difficult... It was like this... my voice dropped around February and I spent all of March relearning how to work my voice and I'm not liking the results (Maybe I should have stated that first rather than rambling so madly). Now, I learned how to sing with head resonance and strip all the weight from my upper register and phrase incredibly fluidly up to F#5/G5 with not much issue, and as a result...my mix has become much rounder. My issue is that the sound produced from that is small when I know my sound production in this region can get large, the sounding there is terrible to my ears though very technically sound, and the finding the balance between chest dominance and head dominance. Despite the light sound production, it retains its chest dominance which I find...weird... My rasp is very light there but when I go for head dominance, the rasp just comes screeching back and it sounds like the struggle when listen to play back but I don't really feel the rasp LOL. All and all, I find my voice to be big, fat, sloppy, and ungainly.... I wouldn't have an issue if my sound was consistent from one day to the next, but I got a feeling that tomorrow...I'll be back to the ridiculously high tenor tessitura versus today where I'm pushing A2-G4...


    Sorry for this big rant about how me and my voice don't get along. LOL.

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  111. i like this woman!! she has an amazing voice. Do you guys any other good song from her other than unbreak my heart

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  112. I've always wanted to know what Toni's sister Towanda's classification is. A lot of people think she has a lower register then Toni. Pretty sure she sings a C3 on Get Away Jordan in St. Lucia at 0:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFilLONe7Rg. And I believe an A5 with vibrato in the episode 'Family Feuding' at 10:28 (although she was joking) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiG0RACbs0k

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  113. I hate them all so very much... I'd think older more matured soprano rather than a mezzo or what ever Toni believes she is...-_-

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  114. Why do you hate them though? And you think Towanda is a SOPRANO!?.

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  115. She is. If you didn't know she was influenced by Anita Baker

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  116. I don't think she's a dramatic contralto. In fact, her head voice and mix can take her to a very feminine sound. Only her lower notes are androgynous. Dramatic Contraltos are very rare, and if you didn't know, you'd probably think you were listening to a tenor, or even a baritone in their lowest extremes.:

    This is a Dramatic Contralto in MID register:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-irm_r8fv9E


    The whole range sounds like a man pretty much.

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  117. Nicolet Foster4 June 2014 at 12:07

    Towanda and Toni are both in the contraltos range. Tony having the ability to reach lower an higher tho...

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  118. You think so? From what I've heard from the Braxton's album and live I believe Towanda can sing just as low and higher than Toni. Could be wrong though.

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  119. OMG.... His tonal uniformity across the board is soooooooooo stellar... I mean it is soooo to die for... like I'm legitimately jealous. He is such a leggiero because his voice keeps the same eerie color from bottom to top. Like I'm so shocked....the second Leggiero tenor I've heard in pop. His also has a rare vocal trait in men these days...masculinity...


    Now back to Jazmine...her upper chest register has improved. The ending actually had belts with head resonance and the power had me jolting from the insides. I'm too lazy to pitch her highest note but I think she went up to E5-F5 a few times. And she stooped down to A2 here???? The lowest she went in the studio was Ab2 on her song "How Many Licks". Every time I let my friends hear that, they're like "I didn't know Trey Songs could sing that low" and I just look at them sideways. And she finally got some good back up singers this time!!! Her comeback is gonna be so on point. I think if she learns how to mix her lower register with a strong fry with a little nasality for darkness she might can stoop down to Gb2 or even a whole F2. However, vocal color always throws my pitching ability LOL.

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