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A House is Not a Home

May 25, 2008

Now this is music:

God bless you, Dusty, for singing this! This is just a perfect vocal in my book — and so touching. It’s all from the heart — and it seems that hardly anyone sings this way now.

Why is that? This is the age of melisma — which Random House defines as follows:

an ornamental phrase of several notes sung to one syllable of text, as in plainsong or blues singing.

I should say we’re living in an age of exaggerated melisma — because there’s nothing wrong with ornamentation — it’s just that singers these day substitute heavy ornamentation for real emotion. And it’s just across the board it seems! It’s a way to sound dramatic without really being dramatic.


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