More American Idol Thoughts

Deliberately non-sexy MC Pic.So, I’m watching American Idol&#153 this evening, and I’m looking at Mariah Carey and thinking, “Hey, I used to really like Mariah Carey, but it made me think again about my old roommate telling me she had a six or seven octave range…

Well, I can personally produce sounds, some admittedly quite ugly, over what, on a good day, approaches a 5-octave range, from a low note that is about a half-step lower than the guy on Elvis’s “Way on Down” to a note that I can barely whistle, and I can produce any note along that 4.9 octave scale (which is only possible because I found a way to suck the air in instead of out and cheat-squeak a half-ocave or so beyond my regular fasetto that underlaps my lowest whistle by a note or two. (I do this when I imitate Paul imitating Little Richard, and I’m pretty sure Paul does too.)

Wikipedia had a cool page about “whistle-register”, and Mariah has a song on her debut CD called Someday, where she definitely sings higher than I thought people could whistle, and higher than I can whistle by close to an octave, but after that, what’s the point? Dog whistles?

Again, definitely not knocking MC – she’s undoubtably one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our era. I’m just sayin’…

I listened to her first CD again tonight, and I have to say that I think she is probably the most effortless, if not the best, singer of our generation, but I was very disappointed that it seemed obvious to me that she lip-synched her AI performance this evening, and I can’t think of any reason why that would be necessary unless she was sick.

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