Category Archives: Blues

It Ain’t Necessarily Robert Plant, but you can still hear every word

Cab Calloway needs no introduction. He’s another master of precise enunciation. Even when he’s scatting nonsense syllables, each one has a clear beginning and a clear end. Listen to him guiding his audience, step by step, through Gershwin’s convoluted song:

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Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay, watching the sheep roll in?

Roll up! Roll up! Otis Redding and his troupe of amazing, acrobatic, aquatic sheep. Famed throughout the world. Maybe Otis likes watching chips roll in? Everyone’s heard of San Francisco Bay’s famous, floating, fried-potato flotsam, haven’t they? Or is Otis watching something completely different? Continue reading Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay, watching the sheep roll in?

Five tenths of a mile. Did you hear it? Can you say it? Jeff Buckley can.

If this is your first time at Sing Better English, welcome! Join the conversation. We’re talking about this. If this is your 14th time at Sing Better English, welcome and thanks for travelling with us. Jeff Buckley’s going to help us relax. Continue reading Five tenths of a mile. Did you hear it? Can you say it? Jeff Buckley can.

Love: what does it rhyme with?

If you want to sing in English, the word love is hard to avoid. Sadly, it’s a word that lots of non-native speakers of English find hard to pronounce. Try this: does love rhyme with prove, drove or above? After all, they’ve all got ‘ove‘ in the middle, haven’t they? So they must rhyme with each other, mustn’t they? Well…let’s see… Here’s Tom Jones singing “Delilah.” Listen out for love and drove (1.04). Do they rhyme?

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