Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Mariah Carey’s lip syncing nightmare”)

Mariah Carey performed this past Saturday for a New Year’s eve celebration which (according to published reports) turned into a major “train wreck.” She had problems singing to the track because (according to her) she could not hear the monitors. Of course, the television audience heard the track (and apparently so did her dancers, who continued to dance to it) but the one thing it did reveal is the fact that she was going to “lip sync” most of the track. In all fairness, a LOT of performers in today’s music will lip sync tracks in order to preserve their voices and to avoid any embarrassments that might result from a bad singing night. The biggest problem with this is that whenever a track “malfunctions” it can be a “major disaster” for the artist. Some members of the press will probably vilify her for attempting to lip sync the track, but should they? If the audience knew just how much many of today’s artists lip sync they would probably be surprised. Also, today’s performers who show a band onstage will more than likely have that band perform “along with the track so you won’t know whether you are hearing them live or not.” Most artists will usually claim that they are singing live at their shows (and they just might be right). However, if an artist “sings along” with a vocal track (and the audience hears more of the track than the real vocals) then would it really make any difference? An artist needs to perform in order to make money for his or her people. If an artist has to cancel a concert because of a sore throat then money is lost. The fact that hardly anyone cancels a concert anymore should tell you “a lot” about today’s entertainment industry. Back in the day artists whose voices weren’t up to par would simply postpone shows until their voices were healed. Do you really believe that the reason that doesn’t happen anymore is because the quality of great singers has gotten better? In defense of Ms. Carey, I once had to perform for a television show in Delaware where I had to lip sync to a track (because the station was not prepared for live musical recordings). When I started out everything was just fine and then as the song went on the volume of it went tremendously low. While on live television I had to ask them to turn up the track so I could hear it (but the track soon became so low that I could barely hear it at all). Needless to say I just did the same as Mariah did and played it off. For any musician it is “important” to be able to hear correctly onstage. No matter how great a musician or singer you are, if the sound is not right then your performance might collapse and crumble. The crew said that nothing was wrong with her monitor. I can’t imagine her “not performing” if she could actually hear the track. I remember at one of last years big music award shows pop singer Adele had problems hearing her monitor and struggled vocally onstage. At one time I actually thought Mariah was a great enough singer whereby she would never have to move her lips to a song. From what I heard here, her “high notes” were “definitely canned.” That means that she was not going to try to hit those notes in  any way and chose to lip sync them instead. Remember Milli Vanilli? They were crucified for lip syncing their hits year ago. Once it was found out they had to give back their Grammy awards and they were disgraced from the music industry. One of them even committed suicide. Today they would probably be “cult heroes,” because they were the ones that introduced the public to the fact that many artists no longer sing live (totally). Today’s Daily Thought is not designed to malign Mariah Carey at all. She was a great singer back in the day, and she might still be able to do some of those great things now. Yes, she was going to lip sync, but she is not alone in that regard. Right now I could tell you of some “REALLY big name acts that I already know lip sync most (if not all) of their shows. As long as the audience cannot tell, then “no harm, no foul.” Just keep in mind that when you pay for your concert ticket, you may very well be paying for the “visual effect” of seeing your artist perform and not necessarily hearing him or her sing live. I just hope the cost of your ticket is “worth it.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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