I'm singing in the chorus of Handel's Messiah tomorrow at Carnegie Hall, and as luck would have it, I seem to have caught a whale of a cold, which by now has more or less calmed down to just a pretty bad cough. I'd rather not collapse in the middle of the Hallelujah Chorus (or any other choruses, come to think of it). Any advice for dealing with a pretty bad cough in the short term when you can't just take to your bed? [more inside]
I realized recently that a good 90% (at least) of the music I like features male singers. Which then led me to realize that I have fairly specific requirements/tastes when it comes to female singers. Help me find more women who rock! [more inside]
I'm about to ask a—perhaps sexist—question about the possible differences in how men and women—broadly speaking—identify with songs in marketing. But first, some set-up. As a branding exercise, I've been working on tackling a fictitious start-up consisting of two fashion retailer brands. One's a men's brand, and one's a women's brand, both part of the same fictitious umbrella corporation. When fleshing out the details of any brand, I like to immerse myself in the environment of that brand as much as possible, approaching it almost like a method actor approaches a role. Part of this process for me is usually creating a playlist of music I identify as feeling right for that brand. Songs I can imagine playing in the store itself. I noticed my thought process behind selecting tracks for the menswear and womenswear brands were entirely different, and I'm wondering if there's any underlying truth or data to support my intuitions. [more inside]
Francophone Mefites- what other mid-century French singers should I be listening to? [more inside]
How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
Help me find more "anthems" sung by women or female-fronted bands that will get happily stuck in a loop in my head. [more inside]
I'm trying to remember a male singer who is over 50, possibly Canadian, possibly with mostly white/grey hair. I remember that he has a very very good voice, and I believe he is famous bordering on legendary, though not popular among young people. [more inside]
Who were the Hollywood Jills, and where can I find more of their music? [more inside]
A small, cheerful, talented group of strangers will run into my girlfriend & I somewhere in NYC and break into song to help me propose to her. How do I find these fine folks? [more inside]
How many popular singers and musicians became preachers (or other religious/spiritual equivalents) later in life? [more inside]
Examples of hit songs sung by someone other than the lead singer? [more inside]
What was the really good music of the fifties and sixties? [more inside]
It is well-known that opera singers don't drink much milk because it makes phlegm and affects their voices, but what about cheese? Does that cause phlegm?
I'm looking for songs in which the singer specifically references listening to another musician, song or album. Please help? [more inside]
I'm a singer-songwriter and am looking to improve, expand, and hone the use of my voice by listening to recordings (studio or live) of some of the world's greatest singers. I'm looking for suggestions for who to give a listen to. Artists with great voices are obvious and easy to come by, so I'm more interested in suggestions for people you consider masters of interpretation, delivery, phrasing, conveying emotion, etc. I'm also really interested in learning more about the greats beloved in nations other than my own (I live in the U.S.). Thanks!
Any recommendations for recordings of traditional Mexican ballads by female singers? [more inside]
Is there an English listing of all of the artists found in the China 2008 Olympics promotional video/theme? [more inside]
I like singers with strange voices. I don't like novelty songs (e.g. Betty Boop) and I don't like "songs" that are so avant-garde that they're basically noise (e.g. someone screaming into a microphone). So I'm not looking for strange music. I'm looking for traditional (melodic) music sung by singers with non-traditional singing voices. Examples of what I like: Joanna Newsom, Leon Redbone, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Elaine Stritch. [more inside]
What was Bruce Springsteen taking during the show in Atlanta? [more inside]
Which German language singers would you recommend for those of us like French singers such as Carla Bruni and Madeleine Peyroux. I tried Ute Lemper but she seemed a tad on the heavy and intense side. Definitely looking for that cool, jazzy feel.
Mainstream bands with more than one (good) lead singer? [more inside]
Songs about Singers, for folk hero singalong? [more inside]
Help me find this magazine article. Sometime in the last couple of years there was a critical review of contemporary female jazz singers in which some of the more successful singers (e.g., Diana Krall I think) were unfavorably compared to lesser known singers. Article might have been in the New Yorker or the Atlantic, but I'm not sure.
What are some good duets? [more inside]
What bands have a drummer as a/the lead singer? [more inside]
Singers... I need your advice on vocal care. [more inside]
Anyone else ever notice funny sounds on MP3's with particularily low-pitched male vocals? [more inside]
[MoreMusicFilter] Looking for some songs where the voice (male perferred, female also good) is a dusky/dusty/scratchy kind of timbre. "A catch in the throat" is how I put it in my mind.
Wow! I just listened to Amalia Rodrigues for the first time. So who can recommend some other great Fado singers?
What is the song/artist in this commercial for the Toyota Echo?