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December 6th, 2009 (01:02 am)

Say you are singing the song "American Pie" and you get to that part where you dig those rhythm and blues. Do you go all out for that high note or stay cautious and safe on lower ground?

MAN I DIG THOSE RHYTHM AND BLUE-OO-HOOO-HOO-HOOES!
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While I do, in fact, dig those rhythm and blues, I do it an octave down. Where I belong.
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I do not sing the song "American Pie". I would never sing the song "American Pie". You are terrible.
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You are, perhaps, not terrible; nevertheless, I seriously am not going to ever be singing that shit in this lifetime.
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Except when drunk.
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Which covers like 99% of the occasions when anybody ever does sing that song; so, basically, I just tossed my hipster cred along with the rest of y'all.
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AND! You forgot to mention the awesome part where you get to sing "eight miles high and falling faaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA-AST!"
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I don't know why you are all being so happy about this when MY MOTHERFUCKING LEVEE IS STILL DRY, JESUS
4(8.2%)


'Night.

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Posted by: Obsessively opposed to the typical since 1987 (baroque_n_roll)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)

so, basically, I just tossed my hipster cred along with the rest of y'all.

Ha! Joke's on you! I never had any hipster cred to begin with! :P

Posted by: nelc (nelc)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)

I did once attempt to sing that song, during a karaoke night (when else?). It is a bloody difficult song to sing properly. Too long and too fast. Never again.

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Posted by: active_apathy (active_apathy)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Games - Phoenix Wright - Dr Stiles objec

...but you can't really do that with the way it goes into the next line, which is more like:

[juː bəʊθ kɪkd ɒf jɔː(ɹ) ʃuːs
mæn aɪ dɪg θəʊs rɪðɪm ænd bluː.huːs.aɪ wɒs ɑː ləʊnli tiːneɪʒ brɒnkɪn bʌk
wɪð ɑː pɪnk kɑː(ɹ)neɪʃɪn ɑːnd ɑː pɪk.ʌp trʌk]

Plus, the high note is much less extreme than Take On Me. So there's that. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)

This is true, but the jump in American Pie is a full octave, whereas in Take On Me it's only a fifth, so it's a little less of a throw-back-your-head-and-howl moment. :)

I actually was trying to figure out how to render the "blue-hoo-hooes" moment given that it sounds more like (to those of us who are not fluent in IPA) "I dig those rhythm 'n' blue-ooh-ooesahwasa lonely teenage broncin' [bronkin'?] buck..."

Posted by: active_apathy (active_apathy)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Broken image - cake

Or, rather, in Take On Me it's lots of fifths -- still, it mostly just needs a little bit of advance preparation: i.e., starting somewhere you know you can finish.

I tried to figure out how to do it with normal letters, but I'm not very good at it, which is why I find IPA helpful. Hence, [bluː.huːs.aɪ], which is still like the word "bluesI" appearing in the middle of the line. Two lines. Thing. I've always just kind of noticed that it runs straight into the next, er, stuff, without so much as a by-your-leave.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)

Hi. 'S me. The failsome non-logger-in-er.

Posted by: Damian (fanboy_of_zeus)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)

I usually try for the high note (kinda sorta) and don't quite make it. But then, I almost never have an audience when I'm singing it. I always mess up the "eight miles high and falling fast" bit too. (And yes, I do know all the words.)

Posted by: Amy (amyura)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)

I imagine that you, like I, can hit that high note anyway.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)

What's funny is that the question of whether the singer can or cannot hit the note properly never really crossed my mind! Perhaps this is telling (it is in my range, yes) but it felt much more like a "ARE YOU UP FOR SINGING THIS SONG OR IS IT WIMP-OUT TIME?!" ;)

Edited at 2009-12-06 07:51 pm (UTC)

Posted by: -=juldea=- (juldea)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
sheep french horn

Don't forget shouting out, "BUT THE MARCHING BAND REFUSED TO YIELD!!!"


(and don't forget proper spelling)

Edited at 2009-12-06 05:34 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Rebecca (theniwokesoftly)
Posted at: December 7th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)

But it should not surprise anyone that I would go for a high note. I am, after all, a soprano.

Posted by: Silmaril (silmaril)
Posted at: December 7th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)

*points up* What theniwokesoftly said.

What's more, I'm an insecure soprano, so I basically make myself not wimp out for such jumps, push on purpose, Believe! that it will work, all that stuff. ...and it always works. But I still haven't broken myself completely from the fears of teenagehood and voice-change-time.

...and you really did not want an essay on anyone's self-confidence as a singer when you posted this poll, did you.

Posted by: Silmaril (silmaril)
Posted at: December 7th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)

Also, thank you oh so very much for the earworm. Although I'm singing it with Weird Al Yankovic's lyrics on Star Wars Episode I.

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