Thursday, February 10, 2011

Keep it simple.

You all know I'm an avid American Idol watcher.

When it comes to singers/musicians, I tend to have opinions. Some of it due to my own personal taste and some of it due to living with a Grade-A musician for going on 17 years. He has rubbed off on me a bit.

But, I've always, even before I met him, was not a fan of over-singing.


Yes, there are singers like Christina, Whitney, Mariah, etc. that can sing their guts out. I give them that. They have true talent. I just don't care to listen to them for an extended period of time. 

Just my preference. That's all.

I think a singer can sound just as good or even better by keeping it simple. 

So, you can do all those runs? Great! You don't have to do them all the time. And, you should use taste when using them at all.

I find the greatest voices are those that have pure, natural tones without all the fluff.

There were some contestants recently that I really loved. They did some runs, but they were tasteful and there tone was so pure. No screaming or wailing involved.

Last night, I heard the sweetest little 1940's voice I have ever heard. Of course, she won't win because she doesn't have the typical sound American Idol fans vote for, but I think I could listen to her for hours.

When I heard her, I felt like I had just put on an old record and was sent back in time.

Take a listen to these two.

I really like her. That's all I'm gonna say about that.


Jeff Ables said...

I liked her too. I'm surprised to see she's made these music videos. Are they independent or has she been signed before? I think Artists like Adele have opened the door for singers like her once again in pop music. I agree with you on the KISS theory of singing.

Tammy said...

I agree with you that she probably won't win, America is stupid that way, but I hope someone sees her and picks her up. Her voice is astounding to me, but of course I do love the 1940s. You could drop me right in the middle of that era and I would be happy as a lark! :) I have a love/hate relationship with American Idol since the stinkin' judges didn't even give my daughter three seconds to listen to her singing, before sending her on her cry all the way home from New Orleans to Opelousas!! They broke my baby's heart...that doesn't sit well with me. But...I'm not THAT bitter. Great post. :)

Donnetta said...

I LOVED her too! Her voice was so pure and refreshing!

We have a serious American Idol addiction in our family - all of us - and Pumpkin may be the worst of all! Loving the new judges! Steven Tyler is hysterical!