Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (How some artists handle it when their vocals weaken)

For the past 2 days I have been referencing voice samples and music tracks. A lot of performers will use them but won’t necessarily let their audience know that they are doing so. There are several reasons why artists will do this. One reason is “money.” If you have part (or all) of your music taped then you won’t need to rehearse people (and in some cases, pay them) to play your material. Also, you keep the integral part of your show intact (just in case a musician cannot play your song right). It also keeps your comfort zone intact when performing your song (because you are used to having certain elements of your show being in place). How should artists handle their situations when their vocals are deteriorating? The one thing they can do to help alleviate the situation is “change or lower the key.” Unless you do a “drastic key change” most times the audience will not know. However, I can always tell when an artist changes the key. Other things you can do is have certain background members sing the note that you can no longer hit comfortably. Finally you can do what Rick James did. When it comes to that high note that you know you can’t hit, you can point the microphone towards the audience and asked “them” to hit it. People will think that you are just trying to include your audience, but the fact is you are asking them to hit that high note instead of you. Jeffrey Osborne is a good friend of mine, and he had this hit song called the Woo Woo song. If you have ever heard this song before you can pretty much imagine what it would be like to sing this song every night. Jeff and I had a laugh over this tune because he goes through the audience with different people and asks them to sing the tune. People think he is being generous when in reality he wants anyone to sing the song other than him. Artists are just as human as the rest of us. They get old too. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Dee Dee Sharp Gamble in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

Dee Dee Sharp

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