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Lighting every step on the Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven is a classic choice for song contests.  If English is your native language, don’t take the words of this song for granted. If English isn’t your native language, don’t take the words of this song for granted. The words matter.

They matter, but they’re not a liturgy.  Dave Grohl captures the heart of the song without reciting every word in order. Or at all:

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Where’s 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’s the ‘y’ in R.E.S.P.E.C.T.?

Mabel: “Don’t Call Me Up”. Building Strength With Sound

Masterful singing from multilingual songwriter Mabel. Listen to the subtle difference she sings into the phrase ‘don’t call me up’, which appears 11 times in the song. You’ll only hear the final ‘p’ as a strong, stand-out sound twice, when ‘don’t call me up’ is a command – at the beginning and end of the song . The other 9 times, ‘don’t call me up’ is an exasperated ‘for goodness sake, stop’. Mabel’s voice control and her music make us feels the difference:

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Keeping the beat: Panaderas de Pan Duro

El Naán choose their words to enhance the beat of their hands and the strength of their message. You don’t need to speak Spanish to understand them. The sounds of the words speak for themselves: a human language. Filmed in a single take:

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