The drum machine & the vocal transformer – the best and worst things!

“We writers dream of a future where actors are mostly computer generated and their performances can be adjusted, by us, on a laptop, alone.” ~Tina Fey

Interesting quote and I sort of know what she means…when the drum machine became a viable and fashionable instrument I was so excited that I would never have to wait for another drummer to arrive late, play too loud, not be able to follow instructions (  I have several friends who are drummers, so friends they  usually continue to be)

When I found the vocal transformer on Logic and was able to take my voice down an octave it was brilliant! I could now sing Bass. I was my own self contained Acapella Choir…alone!

But it is just not the same – alone is good…’all one’- but the first time I take my self-penned 4 part vocal arrangments to choir and hear them sung by a mixed group of real live singers I always get a shiver- it is one of the most heavenly moments in my small existence when I feel really in touch with God ( the one with no name -apart from God, but the name could be creation, oneness, Julie  -what ever rocks your boat)

There is something about the sound of lots of different voices all together that I can never create when I sing with myself and the same is true of all the manufactured instruments in my palette. Great for sketching…marvellous for dance music and reflective stuff, but some how, if you want to hit the old heart and soul, the people have to be there-breathing, strumming, banging, not quite hitting the note or hitting it good! Thanks to all the musicians and singers I have had the pleasure to collaborate with. I like my ‘all one, al-one,alone time’, but my life is so much richer  being with you.


Heaven or Las Vegas -The Cocteau Twins

Someone very thoughtfully  put a translation of the words of the song on this youtube link -cos I can’t understand much of what this beautiful singer is saying-

‘Elizabeth Fraser’s distinctive vocals received the most attention in the band. At times barely decipherable, Fraser seemed to veer into glossolalia and mouth music. Reviewer Ned Ragett wrote that “part of her appeal is how she can make hard-to-interpret lyrics so emotionally gripping.”(ripped from Wiki)

The ol’man is having a whole shoe-gaze renaissance- I missed the Cocteau Twins the first time round  as i was so busy writing my own decipherable lyrics, but have to say they have ripened and mellowed like a fine wine.

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