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Aerden [userpic]
Listening to Celtic Woman

First order of business:

Happy Birthday, metal_aria!

I'm sorry the greeting is late. I hope you had a lovely birthday!

State of the Body: I don't know if I have the flu or just a cold, but I felt crappy enough to stay home from work, today. Thank God for Tylenol PM.

Tonight's Noise: I think I've figured out why I'm under-enthused about Celtic Woman. Mark has been listening to them on the TV tonight. I wasn't paying much attention. After a while, I asked him what he was watching, and he told me. I told him I had thought he was listening to a concert of tunes from recent Disney movies.

Celtic Woman sounds to me like Disney songs--you know, the sort that are in Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, etc. Their voices are too pretty, and they have no personality. Their songs are sappy.

(whine, whine, whine, grump, grump, grump)

And they scoop when they sing. Bleah.

However, their performance of "Ni Sen La" rocks. Great song and great English verse they put to it!

Writing: I feel the need to write some Snape and Graves fan fiction. Come on, Paul and Severus, talk to me.

Current Mood: grumpygrumpy

"And they scoop when they sing"

Just curious, what does that mean? :D

Hi, Rocio! It's really good to hear from you!

Scooping is a type of singing in which, instead of hitting a downbeat half-note cleanly, you 'slide' up to it so that it's sung as two quarter-notes or as an eighth note and a dotted quarter-note. For example:

Instead of "Are you going to Scarborough Fair?"

the singer gives the downbeats an extra note that is just below the target note in pitch:

AH-re you GO-oh-ing to SCA-ah-borough FA-ir?"

The singer won't necessarily scoop all of the downbeats, but they are where scoops occur.

If you aren't familiar with the song I used, this still might not make sense to you. In good classical singing, you're supposed to hit the notes straight-on, but even some classical singers will scoop, sometimes. You can see examples of it all over YouTube.