Voices Carry — Redux

Voices Carry — Redux

I’ve got a new practice that’s really working for me these days.

Singing.

It’s super easy, and I can do it anytime (as long as I’m alone!).
After cueing up one of my favorite soulful songs, I pull up the lyrics online, then let it go.

Having the lyrics before me is an important part because often I have no idea what I’m singing. It’s a little karaoke-ish to read from a screen, but it helps to see the words — deeper meaning is placed in the song which allows me to find new expression in my voice.

As a tribute to the voices that have made a difference in my life, I’m reposting this lovely from a couple years back.

VOICES CARRY

They really do.

As someone who considers herself to be all about the movement in life, it seems only right that I give a solid mention to the voices that inspire me to move. Of course a bold beat will always be my beloved. But a strong voice — it’ll bring me to the place.

You know, the place where chills roll through the body pushing the hairs to stand straight up on the neck.

It’s the place that inspires me to move. To create. To feel.

Here are the voices that carry me there.

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Let’s just get him out of the way because I think I’ve made it all too clear that Radiohead can do no wrong in my ears. Okay, I’m slightly obsessed. But with good reason! The artistry. The musicianship. And the voice. Thom Yorke is pure passion. The emotions in his songs are palpable. Oh, and he’s got moves to back it up! Have you seen the video for Lotus Flower? I haven’t checked out his latest release from Atoms for Peace, but I can assure you he’ll hit all the right notes, as always.

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I used to be a HUGE Bjork fan. Everything she did made total sense in my book (okay the swan dress did confuse a bit). I’d wrap my hair up in tiny buns allover, and make crazy faces to follow. Sadly, I have to say — she’s kinda lost me along her way of experimentation. It was her vocal melodies that were instrumental for me. That’s how she captured my soul! If you don’t know what I mean then you absolutely must give Vespertine a listen. She sings to a soundscape of gorgeousness.Β  These days Bjork doesn’t do much melody. Biophilia seems to be on a whole other track. But that’s fine cause I’ve got all her earlier stuff to take me where I need to be.

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I know I’m not the only Adele megafan.Β  It’s a confirmed fact — this woman can sing and has one of the most beautifully unique voices out there today. But have you listened to the entire album of 21? Trust me, there’s more than just Rolling In The Deep that legitimizes her total success.

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When I was growing up, Fleetwood Mac Rumours was in steady rotation on the turntable. Perhaps this is why it still cracks my soul openΒ  (nothing like a childhood memory to do that!).Β  Actually it’s the voice of Stevie Nicks that continues to intrigue. So sexy. So strong. And she had the outfits! But I must add that the other female voice of Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie had something pretty serious to say.Β  Check out Songbird for her full range.

Which voices carry you to that place?

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4 Comments

  1. sara_foley@bigpond.com' sara says:

    Elysha, I love singing too! A couple of weekends ago I went to my very first choir practice, coaxed there by a singer friend. I sing all the time at home, but was terrified of singing in public. It was so fun, so good to sing in a group. We have to part ways in regards to radiohead, sorry πŸ™‚ Adele is amazing and so is Stevie of course…Good post – it’s got me thinking about all the singers I love to sing along to!

  2. Sara, How cool that you’re practicing with the choir! That must be a lot of fun. I had originally written this post a couple years ago, and though all the singers would still be on the list — I’d have to add Alicia Keys. She’s probably the one I’m singing with the most these days– her older stuff. It’s such an amazing release…my 3rd chakra was so ready for this.

  3. chloedance@comcast.net' SirenaTales says:

    Love it, Elysha! I sing A LOT as I go through the day, although haven’t gotten to the point where I look up the lyrics, at least not most of the time. Agree with you totally–it’s such a great, and positive, release. And, yes! I am late to the party, but am totally obsessed with Alicia Keys these days, in addition to old standbys ranging from jazz to show tunes to rock. Thanks for the inspiration. xoxo

  4. ST, I’m late to the party with singing! I’ve always been such a mover + never really focused on my voice at all. I guess it’s better late than never! Thank you so much for your presence. It’s so wonderful to have friends here to share ideas. Your support means a lot to me. x x

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