A House is Not a Home
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.