The Avengers: how many miles down Fitzroy Lane?

Who was driving the car for Oasis? The marvellously dapper Steed (Patrick Macnee) from the 1960’s series The Avengers.

As all listening is useful listening, try this: in the clip from the series, how many miles do they need to drive down Fitzroy Lane? Continue reading The Avengers: how many miles down Fitzroy Lane?

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Don’t Look Back in Anger and don’t forget the T

People often choose Oasis songs for singing contests. They’re powerful and catchy. Sadly, a lot of contestants don’t listen to the Gallaghers properly. Just because Noel ghosts some of his consonants, it doesn’t mean they’re not important to the song. Continue reading Don’t Look Back in Anger and don’t forget the T

Just the Two of Us, and the letter W

We talked about Aretha Franklin adding a y so that she can make a smooth connection between words that end in vowel sounds and words that begin with vowel sounds in R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 

Listen to Bill Withers singing Just The Two of Us. Two ends with a vowel sound. Of starts with a vowel sound. What sound does Bill use to link the words together smoothly? Is it Aretha’s y? Or something else? Continue reading Just the Two of Us, and the letter W

Where is the Y in R.E.S.P.E.C.T.?

Aretha Franklin’s R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is a popular choice for singing contests, but a lot of singers stumble over the ‘spelling’ part of the song. It feels too crowded, so they drop a letter, usually the C. Continue reading Where is the Y in R.E.S.P.E.C.T.?

Little Love Caster – does TT always sound the same?

English is a perfect language for music. Its infinite flexibility lets it bend and stretch to suit any melody. Subtle differences in pronunciation communicate great differences in emotion. Even at the level of single consonants.

Listen to Laura Marling singing her song Little Love Caster. How does she pronounce the tt of little? Does it sound like a clear double ta double d, or something in between the two?

Continue reading Little Love Caster – does TT always sound the same?

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