You know what’s weird? There seems to be very little relationship between a person’s speaking voice and singing voice. A few weeks ago I featured a video by Adele (Song of the Day #164), which I thought really highlighted that contrast. Today’s video, another fine one from NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, gave me the same sort of surprise. It starts with Jenn Wasner of Baltimore based Wye Oak introducing the song Civilian in her normal, not particularly noteworthy speaking voice. Then she starts to sing and her voice immediately takes on a very distinctive and evocative quality. I wish I could do that trick.
This song is so good, it deserves two listens. Check out this retro-looking black and white German video of a solo performance of the same song.