Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oversinging!!! The American Idol Dilemma

I do watch American Idol, I admit it. It started off as great trash t.v. and 'cause my students all watch it.  SO I could start dishing on the Idols-but I won't. It is an interesting new year with a different set of judges. (More or less, but Randy has taken on almost a different personality this year anyway...) They seem to have chosen more of a variety of singers, and chosen singers, in general, who aren't as "pop" idol material as in years past.  Good, I say. But I do have a bone to pick with this season and with alot of contemporary "pop" singing in general: there is too much oversinging. What do I mean you may ask ?...Is singing about vocal pyrotechnics?  Is it about hitting high notes, screaming, belting, yelling or doing runs, a.k.a. melismas? Is that what moves the listener, tells her something she hasn't heard before, heals her or thrills her? Is that what makes someone listen to a recording over and over again?
I have a very different idea about singing, why I listen to a given singer, and what I long to hear.

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