Friday, September 16, 2016

At long last, the moment you've all-- forgotten about?

I know, I know, I promised you all a song LONG ago, and all this time and I still haven't posted any... well, here I am, finally.

So, for anyone who doesn't know, several months ago, I took nominations and votes on a song to sing, and the one selected by the Followers was "The Rose of Tralee," a traditional Irish song.  (Incidentally, I have a lot of Irish in my background, so... hey, that works!)  

Note on the lyrics: Originally the song is in first-person and sung by a guy, which was a bit... awkward. So it's been tweaked, and as a result, is not entirely grammatically correct.  

I recorded the song several times and didn't realize until much later that whenever I sang words with a "P" at the beginning, I kind of... puffed... into the microphone, and Noise was a result.  But do I want to do the song over again?  Nooooo.  I don't get opportunity that often (i.e., everyone in the house has to be GONE, and it takes Time), so it is what it is.  

Also, this is NOT my best singing... I'm not sure why, as the key was plenty easy to do, but I just found singing it kind of blah or something.  I don't know.  But here it is... such as it is.

Aaaaaaand-- BONUS!-- I decided to Embrace my Inner Opera Singer and sing something from Phantom!  So here is "Think of Me," which (like "On My Own" and Les Miserables) was my introduction to Phantom of the Opera, and I heard the song before I even knew of the existence of the musical.  So it's special, from the days before I was a fan.  (NOT a phan, guys.  That's just gross.)

However, of course, this is not my best singing of this song either, and although I did sing the rest of it (including the cadenza and all that), I was so ill-satisfied with it that I just cut it out entirely. Heh heh.  Somehow, when I go to record a song, my voice is just never in the right mood.  But! If I get vocal training next year, as I am hoping to do, I can re-record this song and post it for comparison like, see how much better I've gotten!

At least, that's what I'm hoping will happen. And that for now, you won't wince as much as I'm doing.

Just promise you won't laugh.

A note on the lyrics:  It has been said that Andrew Lloyd Weber changes the lyrics to this song as frequently as he changes his socks.  What I sang here is no particular one version, but rather a mixture of different ones that I liked.  (Except I forgot and sang "once in a while" instead of "every so often", which I prefer.  Sigh... oh well.)

A note on the picture: No, I do not approve of the movie version of this musical, but... the picture is pretty.  So.  Y'know.

And, for any of you who may not have heard the whole song before... do it.


Naomi Sarah said...

Girl don't be so hard on yourself... your voice is GORGEOUS! :-)

Anonymous said...

I remembered! I remembered! *twirls happily*

Aww, this was very pretty, Melody. :) You have a very sweet, pleasant voice! And I'd only heard this song a couple times, by Celtic Thunder, so it was a rather new song for me. I am, however, VERY familiar with "Think of Me"! That's a fun song to sing, even though I still can't master the cadenza. :P But after I listened to yours I was inspired to sing it - so I made good use of that in the shower. ;P (Opera really works with the shower, for some reason. Haha. Ahem...)

~Miss Meg

Anna said...

Aah I'm so glad you finally posted this! But unfortunately the video doesn't seem to be working for me for some weird reason . . .

Natalie said...

Yay!!!! I was actually wondering if perhaps you had changed your mind about posting your singing video. So glad you didn't!

Your voice is SO pretty. And I love the songs you chose. I'm not sure if I've ever heard the "Rose of Tralee", but I liked it very much. :)

Jillian said...

You have SUCH a beautiful voice! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Miss Evie said...

No really this was great!

Abby P said...

Lovely singing, Melody! I loved the Irish one especially. It was nice to hear two songs!

OldFashionGirl said...

Wow! Wow wow! I am so glad you posted this! Lovely! You sing beautifully!
I would still like to request Scarborough Faire for a later time! ;)

Miss Evie said...

Think of Me is just delightful! :D Also me profile pic is Higgins and Eliza in our Australian production of MFL.. I'll put a review on my period Drama blog, probably next year when it comes to my state

Miss Dashwood said...

YAYYYYYYY! I'd never heard The Rose of Tralee before EITHER. But now I like it most exceedingly. :D

Rae said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! You have a gorgeous voice. Thanks for sharing with us. :)

The Elf said...

Brave girl for posting up yourself singing! I'm impressed that without singing lessons you are able to sing with a bit of vibrato. I've tried - and failed - to incorporate vibrato in my singing. It would be great to hear more songs as you start lessons and develop your voice and technique! :)

jessica prescott said...

You posted the videos!!!!!!!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . now to sit back and enjoy them . . .

I LOVE your cover of "The Rose of Tralee"--it's one of my all-time favorite songs, and you nailed it. Beautiful.

Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for sharing these with us!

Jessica said...

Wow, very pretty voice indeed! :-)
I never heard Rose of Tralee sung before, just instrumental.

Sue Robinson said...

Hi Melody,
Sorry, most likely posting it in the wrong area.
Just wanted to say thank you for one of the 1983 Jane Eyre pics which I had never seen before.
I have compiled a couple of versions of Jane Eyre inserting images, audio and video into the ebooks, and that was one I had never stumbled across. :( Wish I had.

Sue Robinson said...

Hi Melody,
Thank you for one of the 1983 Jane Eyre pics.
Wish I had stumbled across that before now.
A little while ago I finished completing compiling
several editions of Jane Eyre which included
images, audio and video from the 1983 production.

Would you rather hear the story...

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