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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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The Listening Service: Tom Service

 

BBC Radio 3: The Listening Service, with Tom Service
BBC Radio 3: The Listening Service, with Tom Service

It’s a BBC radio programme. It’s a podcast. It’s a store of animations. If you’re interested in music, of any flavour, Tom Service‘s programme will make you think, and help you think better:

If you’re a writer, try:

It’s a deep, delicious, musical treasure chest for listeners and creators. Enjoy!

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Building a song

Steve Earle has lived through the sort of horrors that have launched a million country songs: addiction, affliction, heartbreak, even prison. He wears them in his voice, but what’s most appealing about him is the wide-eyed, unmistakable fearlessness with which he goes about his life these days”     NPR Tiny Desk Concerts

Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin sing “Tell Moses” and chart the steps in its creation. How they bound Moses, Martin Luther King and Ferguson, Missouri together in words and music, in answer to the question: “What’s to be done?”:

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