I heard a radio interview yesterday with Marni Nixon, a singer who made her entire career from doing the singing for the lead actresses in many of the iconic films of the twentieth century.
When Ms. Nixon got started doing her work there were so many wonderful composers and lyricists to collaborate with, it must have seemed like a dream.
Singing the melodies of Richard Rogers and Leonard Bernstein!
Hmmm, delicious work and, sadly, a lost art form.
Keep Up Your Quest
We singers are selling our voices short if we don’t go searching for those great show tunes, learn the melodies, the lyrics (some lyricists like Cole Porter wrote volumes of extra lyrics!), and build our vocal strength by actually singing.
Not to mention building our repertoire and personal range, learning which keys we sing in best and learning how to transpose these beautiful old gems into our own keys.
What a world a singer can open up for herself if she can step away from the Karaoke version and arrange her own version of a great venerable piece of musical history!
Then add a lick or a run, but know what you’re licking from and where you’re running to!
The staccato arrangement of today’s vocals is meant to accommodate the choreography that’s dominating the popular art form.
Though I simply adore Beyonce for her versatility, style, and work ethic, it does seem that she breathes in the middle of syllables and embellishments.
Now, the way she’s kickin’ it, Beyonce has a reason for needing that extra breath –what’s your excuse?