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thecommodore  Oct 24, 2015 • 9:14:41pm

Wow! That is beautiful!

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mroop  Oct 25, 2015 • 1:02:52am

It’s a really good tune and no oversouling. I was impressed by her singing the first time I heard it on the radio Friday. The second time I thought, “I think I know who this is ….”. The know nothings are already ripping her apart. I don’t buy her stuff because I favor old music but she’s got the goods.

‘AMERICAN IDOL’; The Oversoulers
Published: June 1, 2003

To the Editor:

Kudos to Jody Rosen for his article on the current state of pop and R & B singing [”The State of American Singing as Heard on ‘I-I-I-I-I-I-Idol,’ ” May 18], especially his take on the gratuitous and confected melisma so much in vogue these days. His references to the truth- and soul-fueled note turns and bendings by Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin were especially perceptive.

Time and again I have found that flagrantly artificial attempts at melisma are either a substitute for real fire and passion or a cover-up for not knowing the melody. I have encountered this frequently in the studio and coined the term ”oversouling” to bring the offending performer back to reality. Please, learn the song first, and then sing it from the heart.

JERRY WEXLER

Sarasota, Fla.

The writer is a former partner in Atlantic Records.

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Thanos  Oct 25, 2015 • 7:30:08am

re: #2 mroop

I completely get what he is saying, there are many songs that will fall by the wayside in under a decade no matter how elegantly constructed or pyrotechnically sung; and then there are those songs that reach out and grip your heart with immediate and intense feeling and your mind with such lyricism that they literally last your lifetime, and probably past that to many others.

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mroop  Oct 25, 2015 • 11:28:44am

At some point oversinging with ridiculous vocal pyrotechnics became mistaken for “soul” in the eyes of the general public. I would say Mariah Carey started it all. I remember when Christina Aguilera first hit. There was an article in Rolling Stone about how her producers and her team were trying to get her to stop the oversinging and she refused. She was saying that she’s a great singer and she knows what to do. Where is she now? She has a tremendous vocal talent with the gift she was given and she blew it because she didn’t know how to use her voice.


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