Whenever I play "Dusty in Memphis," I literally get chills up and down my spine. And I don't mean "literally" as in figuratively — I mean my spine feels a tingling sensation. Yes, it literally actually does that thing.
@Brian in UK: But that's just it — if you call yourself a music lover and you can't find a way to relate to some aspect of Dusty's mastery of so many genres, then make certain to have someone water that lily resting on your chest, because Jack, you're dead!
Morricone wrote the score for Once Upon A Time in the West before production and in consultation with Leone, each character represented by their own theme. Leone would then sometimes playback the score while filming. One of my favorite films and highly recommended if never seen.
TV Tropes (which, despite its name, covers most entertainment media) has a nice page on Newsome. (Warning: if you are going to be going to the site for the first time, make sure you have time to kill.)
Hi Lizardner Dave.
@ Uncle M -- I understand and agree in theory, but some women win me over and I make exceptions. Personally, I think it's some distortion of Billie Holiday via Karen Dalton. Why it's become so ubiquitous I don't know.
did you play The Jaynetts track because the riff in that sounds just like that track by Tipsy? This may sound like a vague question but I'm sure you know the riff i mean since you must know Tipsy music as well as I do!
NGH, not familiar with the Cranes, but I'm thinking of things like the Cardigans, the lead singer of Altered Images (even tho I dig the band over all), that kinda thing. If you tell me the Cranes fall into that category, I'll take your word for it.
Regarding that 'girly' female vocal issue, Gary played all Jap pop last night, and much of it could be similarly criticised...not by me, though. And while we're onto Altered Images, did you ever notice the big scar on Clare Grogan's face from being glassed in a bar fight. She was/is no 'girly'!
I don't feel the discussion of singers has so much to do with sex as much as why a particular sound or vocal delivery (male or female) suddenly becomes popular. But I could be blind to my own prejudices.
Everybody is making fair and valid points, but I will still insist that some female vocalists intentionally affect (keep in mind that the Uncle Michael post that started all this used the word "affected") that baby-talk style because it sells. Now I gotta go out and buy a nice birthday present for Mrs. Parq (who, full disclosure, has been known to engage in a wee bit of baby talk). See y'all sometime during Matt's show. Charlie, none of this detracts from the fact that today's show is top notch as usual.
@Charlie: I just find my minority-spidey-sense tingling when a gendered characteristic such as women having (or being accused of affecting) a high, "girlish" voice is seemingly being dismissed out of hand, especially by a mostly male group. Of course this can and should be discussed, but I hope we can err on the side of sensitivity.
I was going to mention Helen Kane, and Irene Franklin and bevies of other vaudeville stars .. I feel that as long as it serves the music, I don't care what the voice sounds like. My voice is kind of whispy at times and I don't even know it!
@KevinfromBayRidge: Hear! Hear! And the fact that we can have this incredibly civil discussion without it devolving into what usually happens among a virtual roomful of mostly strangers is also a WFMU-community cap feather.