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Nothing Like a Friend

When you sing in English, small words offer big opportunities. They can stretch and dance in song. Give them room; pay them attention.  Be ready for Russian doll words: tiny words that appear then reappear, nestled inside bigger, emotion-carrying words. Listen to tiny ‘in‘, working alone and within:

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Eliza Carthy & The Ratcatchers: The Good Old Way

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. can fly or it can dampen. can be soft and romantic or it can be a clipped end to hope. It’s up to you.

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