November 15, 2011 at 2:20 AMIt is almost cliché: "If you can sing it you can play it". During my last lesson, that is exactly what my teacher asked me to do. To be honest, I was too embarrassed to try thinking that I have a voice like a frog. When I did try, I croaked my way along with my "la's" and "da's" to the tune of Bruch's Romanze, or something sort of resembling it. She insisted that I go home and try it on my own.
At home, it wasn't any better with the "la's" and "da's". It came out flat-lined and boring. So I decided to try to a different approach and come up with some lyrics to add interest. Lo and behold, I found myself walking around the house, holding my cat, and singing a love song to her and my other two to the tune of "Romanze":
"~~~You are my ki-tties, my kitty cats. You're black and white, with long soft hair. Oh how I LOVE my alley cat. I really love you...~~~" and so on. Not the best lyrics in the world, but they fit the rhythm and mood of the piece, and my cats seemed to like it and the attention they were getting.
After I came up with these silly lyrics, I began to realize how the opening of the piece should/could be phrased. It is much like the difference between speaking in mono-tone and speaking normally with well placed commas and periods.
I have a feeling that my cats are going to have a lovely, somewhat silly, kitty love song composed just for them by the end of the year.
But again like Karen said, who can tolerate listening to their own voice, let alone their own 'singing' voice? You all, I'm sure, have experienced someone recording you speaking, or reading a selection from a book, and then thereafter going back and listening to your own voice; try it and then tell me honestly you didn't cringe?!?! - But still, "in theory", this method 'does' work. "Allons-y"
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