I’m not a voice coach, but I play one on radio. When I have a student who fails to project, here’s the line that always works like a charm:
“A little less Olivia Newton-John and a lot more Ethel Merman, please.”
If only the woman who once enjoyed 32 days of married bliss with Ernest Borgnine were still around to sing in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl, we’d all be richer for it.
Liar by Queen (from Queen, EMI, 1973)
Liar liar liar liar
Liar that's what they keep calling me
Liar liar liar
I like the music, but I’ve always found the lyrics to be a bit disingenuous. I think Freddy mercury was lying about twice being called a liar three times in a row.
I’ve Gotta Be Me by Sammy Davis, Jr. (from Jackpot! The Las Vegas Story, Rhino, 1996)
This CD was released the same year Antoine Walker led the Kentucky Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA title. Hmmmm…
Auld Lang Syne by The Glenn Miller Orchestra (from In the Mood II, LaserLight, 1993)
Happy New Year, Bonne Année, Hauoli Makahiki Hou, Prost Neujahr, Godt Nyttår, and Nav Varsh Ki Subhkamna to all!
You Can Have Him by Holly Dunn (from Great Divorce Songs for Her, Warner Bros., 1994)
I second that feeling…you can have him. Wait, what?
Joe Louis is a Fightin’ Man by The Dixieaires (from Joe Louis: An American Hero, Rounder, 2001)
This Anthology is amazing. Not only are the songs terrific, but I honestly can’t think of any other athlete who has had 17 songs written about him or her. Not Muhammad Ali, not Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays or Babe Ruth or Magic Johnson. Maybe Joe Charboneau…
This segment aired on January 1, 2011. The audio for this segment is not available.