Why Teach Music?

Why Teach Music?

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World Without A Chain

Does your life amount to this? Cheaper thrills, synthetic bliss

And I’ve seen it all, I’ve seen it all before

When you try to chameleon, it only hides what you want

And I’ve seen it all, I’ve seen it all before

 

So gimme the warmth, gimme the breeze

Gimme the air that I can breathe

Gimme the sand, give me the beach

Gimme the waves upon the sea

Gimme the night, give me the dream

Gimme the truth, not what it seems

Gimme the sun, gimme the rain

Gimme a world without a chain

 

All the methods that you trust, in a second turn to dust

And I’ve seen it all, I’ve seen it all before

Whole existence, it can change, I’m about to turn the page

‘Cause I’ve seen it all, I’ve seen it all before

 

So gimme the warmth, gimme the breeze

Gimme the air that I can breathe

Gimme the sand, give me the beach

Gimme the waves upon the sea

Gimme the night, give me the dream

Gimme the truth, not what it seems

Gimme the sun, gimme the rain

Gimme a world without a chain.

© E.Sweeney 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Vocal Training: Melisma

Melisma, in music, is the singing of a single syllable of text while moving between several different notes in succession. Music sung in this style is referred to as melismatic, as opposed to syllabic, where each syllable of text is matched to a single note. (Wiki)

Whitney Houston will be remembered as a master of “melisma”. But what is it and why did it influence a generation of singers and talent show aspirants?

The vocal technique traces its roots back to Gregorian chants and the ragas of Indian classical music.

In the modern era singers such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke are credited with bringing melisma from the choirs of churches to mainstream audiences.

Mariah Carey’s Vision of Love was a notable use. But it was Houston who popularised it and stretched the standards by attaching complicated strings of notes to single syllables.

But the term “melisma” is still relatively obscure within the pop music industry, with the effect often described simply as “ad libbing” or “riffing”.

Read full article here at the BBC.