Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Good Song, Bad Ear

I can't post any more bedroom performances until I rectify this flat vocal problem I have. I can picture Randy Jackson shaking his head and saying, "You're flat, dog. Real flat."
And I am. Let no one say I've got a good ear because people with good ears for music do not sing flat. This was a problem with the violin which once you've got tuned you still have to hit the exact spot on the neck to get the right note. And the note has to match the piano. So you adjust. Well, I never adjusted. I always played in the same spot and some days it was in tune and some days it wasn't.
"No, Oggy, the violin isn't the problem," said my teacher.
"Can't you tune it again?"
"It's in tune."
"Then what's going wrong."
"You aren't listening to the note you are playing."

So, when I sing I usually hear myself as sort of in tune. Like, it doesn't sound terrible, but listening to these videos I have to conclude that I'm not in tune. I'm flat. And the problem is breath control.
Let me introduce you to a guy who has no problem with breath control. Leonard Cohen. This song, I believe, is an attack on Bob Dylan, "The man in white". It would've been directed at his Nashville Skyline album and Self Portrait since Cohen's album arrived in March '71. This is what people go to grad school to research but can we just pretend I already did that? What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Just got this about "Pocos"...a decline, but pretty rare to get any feedback at all...

----- Forwarded Message -----

Subject: Your submission to The Baltimore Review

Dear Writer:

We appreciate the opportunity to read your work, but unfortunately this submission was not a right fit for The Baltimore Review.

Your point of view and story are fresh and interesting, but we're not sure why you're telling us this story. What do you want your reader to walk away with or understand better after reading your piece?

Thank you for trying us.


The Editors of The Baltimore Review

2010-06-10 09:49:19 (GMT -4:00)

Oggy Bleacher said...

Sounds like a generic decline. The story could be about day labor or breast cancer and they'd send the same email.
I think, "cultural history" isn't a good enough excuse to write stories. In 70 years someone will read that story and probably reference it in their high school essay on Portsmouth but today it is a blog entry.

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