Voices

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Music Therapy

Ever since I was a little kid, my mom has talked about my “musical ear.”  Particularly, she likes to tell about me being in the other room when M*A*S*H came on TV, and yelling out “Truck!” at just the right moment in the theme song.  That’s kind of stuck with me throughout my life, and I often attribute some of my memory to my “musical ear.”

Lately, I’ve been thinking about it because there are some songs that I can’t sing without doing an impression of the singer.  Three songs in particular have come to mind recently: Elvis Presley in “Hound Dog” (followed by the obligatory “Thank you very much”); Kermit the Frog in “The Rainbow Connection”; and Neil Young for “A Horse With No Name” (yes, I know Neil Young had nothing to do with that song, but the lead singer of America sounds so much like him that I just slip into a NY impression while singing).  Sometimes it’s a conscious impersonation, sometimes not.  Sometimes, I think I affect a James Taylor twang when singing “Fire and Rain”; I often will try accents when singing songs like “La Bamba”; I know Bob Dylan creeps into my voice when singing “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

I don’t know exactly what therapeutic value the act of changing my voice has, if any.  Familiarity, perhaps?  At any rate, it just seems to be a touch I add to my singing, and it seems to go over fairly well.

Thanks for reading.

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