You pick up your mother tongue through love and listening. You pick up your singing voice in the same way:
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Eliza Carthy weaves the ay, oy and y sounds of The Good Old Way into a mesmerising tapestry of serious hope. The lines are short, most end in a y, but The Good Old Way is from repetitive. Y is one of those sounds that a singer can stretch, smooth, relish or dismiss:
If you sing in English, give y, and every sound it’s part of: ey, oy, ay, ry, ty etc. good attention. Y can fly or it can dampen. Y can be soft and romantic or it can be a clipped end to hope. It’s up to you.
“I started thinking, ‘You know what? Why don’t I just rap?’ Because it’s just poetry with a beat behind it, really.”
Lady Leshurr in The Guardian.
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The best cover versions are cocktails. The original spirit of the song, with a twist of something new. New and personal.
RAYE pours a full measure of Aaliyah, electronica, South London and Jill Scott into her cover of Crazy. What do you think?
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