Friday, December 28, 2007

Out of Tune and Off Key-Who Cares?

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In the history of music, why are there still people who complain about “bad singers”? Bob Dylan doesn’t sound like Andrea Bocelli, but who cares? Bad singers are among my most loved and adored. I’ve had this conversation with a few people in “the know”; people who know music – who wouldn’t be caught dead with Bryan Adams or Beyonce in their iTunes library.

My first example would be Bob Dylan. I don't think I need to type anything more on that. Second, Mick Jagger isn't exactly singing like an angel either. Doesn't stop us from playing Rolling Stones' classics does it?

Feature example: The Arcade Fire’s lead singer, Win Butler, has the vocal timbre that leaves you scrumaging through your purse for Ricola cough drops – at least DB thinks he “needs a cough drop”. Hey dude, that’s the lovable characteristic of the Arcade Fire sound – so what - it’s indulgent and it’s different.

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips sings off key in most of his songs. Take that “A Change At Christmas” song for starters. Who cares – again I underline this is delectable on their part. Playful and yet very cool at the same time.

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