|Brilliant, thank you. I shall have to add Marva to the Blues names starter kit. |
I shan't be adding Mahalia to the kit though. After I'd listened to Marva Wright, I spotted a link to Mahalia Jackson singing Amazing Grace. For seven. Long. Gut-wrenching. Minutes. (Hayley Westenra got it over with in two.) I kept watching, in case something happened. It didn't. Occasionally, there would be a glimpse of a perfectly beautiful voice, and then it would go again.
Here's another one:
Can you improve on this, and why would you even try? Eva Cassidy thought she could, by changing the tune, mangling the phrasing and making a two-minute song last five minutes. Sorry, but mangling does not a better song make: it just ruins the songwriter's work and makes a now annoying song last much too long. If you don't like the song the way it was written, and millions of people enjoyed it, why aren't you writing your own songs?
Reply #681. Jun 20 10, 12:34 PM
And yet, Eva Cassidy is an icon in certain quarters. Her sad story and short life have burnished her reputation. That's not to say that she didn't perform some songs well; I just think her reach exceeded her grasp. Ah, but that's what young people do, isn't it? (And some of us old ones.)|
Glad you liked the Marva clip. Here's an N.O. blues singer you may recall:
I don't mean to perpetuate a stereotype, although part of the song rings somewhat true in my case. :(
Now, I'll go quietly to eat my hummus (not to be confused with humus and worms.)
Reply #682. Jun 20 10, 12:49 PM
Surely tequila is the thing to drink with worms?|
I shall now change my name to Tequila Bird Johnson and sing some blues....
Ah woke up this mornin'
The rain it poured down
I missed the darn bus
Had to walk into town
Nobody told me
To carry mah gun
And so nuthin' happened
I didn't shoot anywun
(After that effort, dare I take a bow?)
Reply #683. Jun 20 10, 3:46 PM
Perhaps one of us should take a bow and arrow? :-)|
I'm kidding! That was great!
(And sorry for the first line. I tell you, that was an arch comment on my part.)
Tequila? Perhaps you're right. (How can I worm myself out of this one? I'm so absinthe-minded.)
Reply #684. Jun 20 10, 4:19 PM
|I never got the fuss about Eva Cassidy. I've just been listening to her singing, and it's pretty self-indulgent, which is fine as long as you keep it to yourself. It stops being fine when you have an audience. IMHO. Some of the songs were good in parts but were spoilt by painful phrasing, or bizarre flights into descant. |
Celine Dion is an icon too, I believe. If anyone upsets me, I shall tape their eyes and ears open, Ludovico-style, and make them listen to her version of Over the Rainbow, over and over, until they sob for it to stop.
Thank you for the Ernie MIL clip. Sent from below is about right for mine too.
Rowena, I have long been in awe of your way with words. This is superb. You know you're wasted as a quizwriter, don't you? You have to write songs. I think it must be your calling - what your whole life has been building up to. Take a bow for the words, and a bigger one when you've set it to music and we've heard you singing it.
And Lochalsh - take a groan for the puns. :)
Reply #685. Jun 20 10, 5:53 PM
Hi, back again. How have you been doing, Lesley? I hope you are having many good days. Thank you, also, for telling us about Jonathan and his music. |
I'm still looking for the right pair of Wellies. Any suggestions?
I saw Billy Connolly in "Boondock Saints 2". I love his humour and wit. Plus, I will admit...he is rather...cute.
Reply #687. Jun 20 10, 6:27 PM
Pardon my language, but that's the most godawful arrangement of "Over the Rainbow" I've ever heard. Sometimes I think Celine is all hat and no cattle (hey, I've lived in Texas three times), but I did hear her sing a wee bit of Cole Porter once, and she was most welly.|
Some people stand amazed in the presence of my puns, you know. Thing is, I can make them in five languages ....
Rowena, I'll recommend you to my music-industry buddies in Austin, TX. You'd fit right in!
Reply #688. Jun 20 10, 6:29 PM
I may not post for a while. *Waits for wild applause* You see, "Tequila Mockingbird" is on, and I've not seen it in years. |
You know, that movie always makes me feel a little Peckish...
Reply #689. Jun 20 10, 6:38 PM
I would have thought it would have made you feel very Smart, Lockalsh.
Perhaps a snack - maybe 99 pretzels? :D
Reply #690. Jun 20 10, 6:52 PM
Love your 'Welly' selection Deunan.
We call them 'Muddies' or Mud Boots. Mine are serviceable black with a white sole and a heel - for tricky sticky spots but I'd love some spotted ones.
Reply #691. Jun 20 10, 6:54 PM
Lesley, I used the wrong word. Instead of "arrangement," I should have said "rendering." Literally.|
Reply #693. Jun 20 10, 7:23 PM
I had an undergrad student who wore bright pink wellies with a matching raincoat. I felt as though I were teaching to a very large bottle of Pepto-Bismol.|
You don't admire the fact that I'm a polyglot? My feelings are hurt.
Reply #694. Jun 20 10, 7:25 PM
|Aaah - much better word, rendering. |
My first pair of fashion boots was purple. Pink sounds more fun though.
I have endless admiration for your polyglottism. Just a little perturbed by your ability to make puns in several languages. Scary. Sorry I hurt your feelings, albeit unwittingly. Shall I hug them better?
(((((( feelings ))))))
Reply #695. Jun 20 10, 8:15 PM
I like a good jeu de mots or juego de palabras now and then, but there's nothing, rien, nada, like a fine hug! Thanks!|
I don't mean to make a big deal of my linguistic background; it's just a vehicle. The real thrill for me is to be able to approach people on their own terms, in their own language. I think--hope--it's a sign of respect.
And golly gee whiz, I do like a violin in D minor! What are *you* listening to, Lesley? Something much more sophisticated than my fare, I think.
If I wore pink boots and pink slicker, I'd disappear into my duds. I get paler and paler with age ....
This is nuts, but I'll post it, anyway.
Reply #696. Jun 20 10, 8:49 PM
Well, Lesley. I propose the left boot of one pattern and the right boot of another pattern. That way I would have an extra matching set for the opposite feet.|
This Wellie decision is going to take a bit of time in order to get just the right ones.
Thanks for all the links.
Reply #697. Jun 20 10, 9:03 PM
|I joined Rowena in detesting Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Leona Lewis... all these people who think that a long loud note makes great singing, and the audiences who let them get away with it. |
The "Tequila" clip was great fun but the worms one was totally ewwww. Here is my revenge:
There are Ghastly Warbling Males as well! You probably need to listen for at least two minutes for the full emetic effect, but I'd had enough by 1:40.
Reply #699. Jun 21 10, 1:53 PM
I have a feeling I wasn't supposed to enjoy that - but I thought it was lovely! I turn to jelly when I hear a good tenor.|
Reply #700. Jun 21 10, 2:08 PM
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