Joined: April 2003
||Posted: Oct. 19 2005, 14:27
My singing is a bit of a bother. I love singing, be it alone or along with Winamp or the stereo. When I'm alone in my house, I often put on something very loud and sing along until my throat hurts - it's usually something uplifting, like Bob The Builder or something. I have no technique at all - it's just yelling. I have a good bass voice, my middle range is pretty poor, my high register is not that bad. I can Geddy Lee shriek and Jon Anderson squeal without much trouble. But it's all about just getting the notes out without technique. When I intend to get my voice recorded, I always try to make it just a vehicle for the melody.
The real disappointment comes to... well, putting my voice to the microphone. I suffer from an annoying embarrassment of hearing my singing, I'm totally unable to play and sing at the same time (due to embarrassment and nothing else), and when I get myself on the gear, it's always a bit difficult to overcome that. And there's always the trouble that my voice just doesn't sound the way I imagined. Sometimes, I tend to write exactly the kind of melody I'm unable to sing (like on "Buses" and "I'd Rather Be Home"), so I have to "mask" it. Other times, it's just weird. At least, I know my strength is on writing, not singing.
There's one more trouble I tend to face at times... I imagine how my music will be like long before I write or record it. Sometimes I have ideas I just love, but I'm just unable to make them work. And sometimes, I have entire songs in my head without knowing how to make them come to life. I create "concepts" without the content. Oddly enough, sometimes, it seems to work. I don't trust that method too much, though. But I always need an overall framework to write my music - I'm not good at "meandering" and coming up with an album, or something. I need careful planning. It's almost music engineering, at times.
Check out http://ferniecanto.com.br for all my music, including my latest albums: Don't Stay in the City, Making Amends and Builders of Worlds.
Also check my Bandcamp page: http://ferniecanto.bandcamp.com