As a musician I have seen music evolve over my own career. Off course the music scene that I grew up to has changed dramatically throughout the years. Years ago if a singer had a sore throat or laryngitis then the concert would be cancelled and money would be refunded. It seems amazing to me that you don’t hear much about concerts being postponed any more. As delicate an instrument as the voice is, cancelling a show could cause a promoter to “lose money.” Being a musician myself (and having played for many big name artists) I have known about the things that some people probably suspect, and that is the usage of “tape.” I don’t necessarily mean tape recorders. I am specifically referring to “voice samples.” Just think about this: As artists get older their voices change. The strength they once had behind their vocals wears away over time, but people still want to hear them at full strength in concert. So if an artist is losing power behind his or her voice, then should voice samples be used? People pay for performances. As a musician, would you feel proud to do a gig where you would have to play along with the music samples? You may not even know if the audience is hearing you or the pre recorded music. As a music lover, would you pay your money to go see a star performer who sings along with (or lip syncs) to voice samples? Would it matter to you if you “could” tell the difference? Remember Milli Vanilli? They lip synced their way to fame and fortune and they didn’t sing a note on their hit recordings. When they were discovered they were stripped of their Grammy’s and eventually one of them committed suicide. Today they should be labeled as “cult heroes” because “a LOT” of artists depend heavily on samples for their shows. Some of these people I have played for (and no, I will NOT mention any names here). I would like to know if any of this matters at all to you. In many cases the audience “can’t tell” if the singer is really singing or not. They will probably dance or do calisthenics while supposedly singing but you won’t hear them breathing hard in the mic. Even some rappers are doing it. Does that have any effect on you at all (as a musician or an audience member)? Would you prefer NOT to know? I was talking to someone about this the other day and I thought this would be a good topic to post. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Estelle in concert (in background going over “American Boy”) with Brett on bass guitar