Kassiopaea Karaoke

A Jay

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I took chorus for 3 years in junior high, and absolutely adored it. Even had a therapy session recently on how much I miss it. Should still have some sheet music lying around somewhere, though it's been so long I'll have to relearn how to read it. Though I'm not complaining! :D

Incidentally, I've been thinking lately about how a post-imperial society will need art, music, and culture. So I've been playing around with the idea of creating 'traditional' Cassiopaean folk music and dances. Guess it's time to stop playing with the ideas and start creating! Thanks for all the shares everyone, some great stuff.
 

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Sorry, I tried to bring a quote from the February 6, 2016 session, page 23, by "Miss T", but my little android just locked up. Any way, there was a section about toning using vowels in there that struck a chord with me.

A couple of years ago my ex and I went into an art gallery in Combs, BC. There was an elderly Scottish lady looking after the shop. She asked me to tone with her. I wasn't sure what to do so my ex wife started us off with an Eeeeeee. We picked up the tone and carried it for quite some time. My ex, Sandra, quit after a short time but we carried on. Our voices began to modulate with vibrato. It was quite a spiritual experience. Sandra said that it was the most beautiful sound she had ever heard, like a whole choir of Angels.

Don't get me wrong as I am a karaoke king. Quite often when I sing, I go into what I call a dream walk where I seem to be living in the song. I always get ovations when I sing in public and I go to that place. I can never seem to be able to get through Puff the Magic Dragon without breaking into tears, however!

Not everyone is good at singing songs without lots of practice. Possibly by starting simple using a tone as a group, where it would be easier for the group to find harmony, might be a good place to start.
 

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This thread is getting heavy with video embeds, so, in case this is noise, I'll just ask:

Any place for ABBA in this scheme? I really like their "Take a chance on me."
 

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Lot of beautiful songs in this therad. I like as well a capella songs, like:

"U te san se zajubia" as Goran Bregović used it for the movie La Reine Margot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFNbsFnRK-E

or Sienad O'Connor "In this Heart":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w09mDTbQoIU

or like Meri Cetinić and klapa Kumpanji "Jubav si moja zauvik":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez_5xt5yKA0

And my favourite is choral: Богородице Дѣво or Bogorodice Djevo by Rachmaninoff (this one is with lyric, although not the best vocal perfomance):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InMhSNBlIg8
 

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Thanks for the thread and the singing tips, especially to the emotional connection.

This was the one song I really enjoyed singing at school (every morning at assembly we all had to sing hymn's like this).

https://youtu.be/LFzPWyjsZ6Y

I don't remember any singing beyond this through schooling though.

I've been singing along to music on my daily commute since Christmas with the aim of being able to produce a half decent rendition.
Some days I can hit notes and some days I can't.
Wanted something new to sing, so will put together some tracks from this thread :)
 

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Yes, there is a place for ABBA. I'm pretty sure I included one of their songs though sung by Nana.
 

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In the 90s, when the economic situation here was pretty desperate and I was a student, I had to work as an English teacher for a group of beginners. We were singing lots of songs with my students, one of them being ABBA's Chiquitita. So I know for sure that it does work for choir singing, even for non-native speakers. Very beautiful song. :flowers:


https://youtu.be/p4QqMKe3rwY
 

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C'est beau la vie de Jean Ferrat


https://youtu.be/8scS3HNnYII?rel=0

Le vent dans tes cheveux blonds / The wind in your blond hair
Le soleil à l'horizon / The sun on the horizon
Quelques mots d'une chanson / A few words in a song
Que c'est beau, c'est beau la vie / How beautiful it is, how beautiful life is

Un oiseau qui fait la roue / A bird that spreads its tail
Sur un arbre déjà roux / On a tree that's already russet
Et son cri par dessus tout / And above all it's call
Que c'est beau, c'est beau la vie. / How beautiful it is, how beautiful life is.

Tout ce qui tremble et palpite / Everything quivering and pulsating
Tout ce qui lutte et se bat / Everything struggling and fighting
Tout ce que j'ai cru trop vite / Everything I believed too fast
A jamais perdu pour moi / Is for evermore lost for me

Pouvoir encore regarder / Being able to look again
Pouvoir encore écouter / Being able to listen again
Et surtout pouvoir chanter / And above all being able to sing
Que c'est beau, c'est beau la vie. / How beautiful it is, how beautiful life is.

Le jazz ouvert dans la nuit / The open jazz in the night
Sa trompette qui nous suit / It's trumpet that tags along
Dans une rue de Paris / In a street in Paris
Que c'est beau, c'est beau la vie. / How beautiful it is, how beautiful life is.

La rouge fleur éclatée / The burst red flower
D'un néon qui fait trembler / From a neon light that shake
Nos deux ombres étonnées / Both of our astonished shadows
Que c'est beau, c'est beau la vie. / How beautiful it is, how beautiful life is.

Tout ce que j'ai failli perdre / Everything I almost lost
Tout ce qui m'est redonné / Everything that's given back to me
Aujourd'hui me monte aux lèvres / Is now going to my lips
En cette fin de journée / At the close of day

Pouvoir encore partager / Being able to share again
Ma jeunesse, mes idées / My youth, my ideas
Avec l'amour retrouvé / With the recovered love
Que c'est beau, c'est beau la vie. / How beautiful it is, how beautiful life is.

Pouvoir encore te parler / Being able to talk to you again
Pouvoir encore t'embrasser / Being able to kiss you again
Te le dire et le chanter / To tell you this and sing
Oui c'est beau, c'est beau la vie. / Yes it's beautiful, life is beautiful.
 

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Buddy said:
This thread is getting heavy with video embeds, so, in case this is noise, I'll just ask:

Any place for ABBA in this scheme? I really like their "Take a chance on me."

I really like their "The winner takes it all". :)
 

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sToRmR1dR said:
Buddy said:
This thread is getting heavy with video embeds, so, in case this is noise, I'll just ask:

Any place for ABBA in this scheme? I really like their "Take a chance on me."

I really like their "The winner takes it all". :)

Laura said:
Yes, there is a place for ABBA. I'm pretty sure I included one of their songs though sung by Nana.

Yeah ABBA's Frida was in the audience and came up on stage with a group at the end and sang a little into Nana's mic. They made a musical out of ABBA songs too!


https://youtu.be/ZiKWoesoRN8


https://youtu.be/Wv16j_i2Pdk

Nice seeing the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul, and Mary too. My first album was ABBA's arrival. My 2nd Album was Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Mac's Lindsey Buckingham learned guitar from Kingston Trio albums.


https://youtu.be/mE_y39XAOuo

That same concert had Mary of Peter, Paul, and Mary:


https://youtu.be/eesiJIvs3D0
 

Solie123

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Thanks for all the great songs Laura! The whole spiritual aspect brings to mind something my family and old fellow church members would say: You praise god 3 times when you sing!

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Odyssey said:

Wooah! That was truly fascinating Odyssey.

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Singing truly has a relaxing and uplifting affect, especially considering that it stimulate the vague nerve and requires you to use your diaphragm.

My partner's niece use to hum herself to sleep, which was so endearing btw. I later learned that it's in fact quite common for babies to sing (or hum) themselves to sleep. Besides how adorable that is, I think it's interesting in possibly showing how innate it is for us to sing.
 

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I love hum.Help me a lot to release stress,pain or block the bad energy around me.I not use to have a good voice,but i do not have any problem to sing... Music caresses our Soul :violin: Watch this video and close your eyes and enjoy the vibration and harmony of the Spanish guitar and the beautiful sound of the Orchestra.
 

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I noticed that most people you come sing or play with are afraid of singing in harmony, they limit to sing in unison or at an upper or lower octave from the main melody. It should come naturally because the other day in a bus, there were two little children singing some simple melodies [...]

I'd agree actually, and i think this is where, 'start where you CAN' comes in. It's easy to get carried away when hearing talented people - who have often practised for days on one song.

Years ago, i'd just moved into a new place with a new flatmate, we were quite excited, and spontaneously began to sing 'London's Burning' [hopefully this will soon be an apt song to sing] in a round, and she certainly hadn't had lessons, i had but i wasn't good; not only did it sound great but it felt great and like we were syncing with each other; it was effortless because we weren't taking ourselves, or the song, too seriously.

In some ways, i think the style by Avala can be conducive to the above - because they're often repetitive and 'fun', sometime with a bit of a pace too, so you begin to experiment with each other as you warm up.

Avala said:
Anyway, I' listening to Russian traditional lately, because they are so fast and light hearted :)

Four Russian girls improvising in front of Kremlin: [...]

Also like Win52 suggested, picking 1 note and working with it. That's how i learnt to hold a note, then you go up and down the scale. And with individual voices, naturally they can sound harmonic without trying - as you say.

Buddy - i loves ABBA, 'Lay all your love on me' in particular. Speaking of harmonies, i understand the guys from ABBA perfected a way of doing it back then through 'layering' - but using technology, which may be why i personally find some of them hard to sing, but i may be mistaken; sure i heard it on a documentary.

Domagoj's post of "I'll Fly Away (nice simple acapella version here: https://soundcloud.com/shannonbrowning/ill-fly-away-alison-krauss) - love it- reminded me of a song which I can't seem to find the version used in this documentary - it was where i heard it:
(first 1 minute of opening credits)

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1d9vma_amish-a-secret-life-hdtv_tech (the docs been pulled from youtube so only place i can find it)

The song's melody is beautiful, simple. Sadly YT only has lots and lots of bad versions... the lyrics are potentially nice too but kinda creep me out in other ways, that evangelical ting.
Boundless Love

Author: Dianne Wilkinson
Copyright: Homeward Bound Music (BMI). Used by Permission.
Albums: Travelin’ Live (1986)

1. There is not a mother, sister, friend, or brother
Loves the way that Jesus can
He proved His love for me when He died on Calvary
He gave His life for fallen man

(Chorus) (corrected ;) )
His This love (THis love) is a boundless love
And it reaches down and touches me
THis love (THe love) is an endless love
That will last for all eternity
 

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sToRmR1dR said:
Buddy said:
This thread is getting heavy with video embeds, so, in case this is noise, I'll just ask:

Any place for ABBA in this scheme? I really like their "Take a chance on me."

I really like their "The winner takes it all". :)

Yeah. Very philosophical song. I like ABBA and I don't care what anybody says!
 
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