March 2nd, 2010


American Englishmen

We all know that Americans often describe themselves by the nationality of their ancestors e.g. Irish American. But, how does that work when Americans emigrate?

Samuel comes to England with the US Air Force in the Second World War. He falls in love with lovely Suffolk lass Charlotte. After the war he stays in England and after a few years takes up the offer of British citizanship Samuel and Charlotte have two children and those children go on to have children of their own. How would Samuel refer to himself, his children and his grandchildren? Would he think of them as American Brits, as British, English. Would how he refers to himself be different to the way he refers to his children? his grandchildren?
Axl kangaroo

Dudes and the anatomy of singing

I've had a lot of voice training (mainly Broadway style, some opera), but sadly my anatomy has the wrong bits for figuring this one out, and Google is failing me. I write a lot of male singers, but even though this has never come up before, now that I've thought of it, I MUST KNOW.

My question is -- do guys have a "head voice"?

For chicks, there's a very big difference between belting and singing in your head voice. It's usually audibly clear where the switch happens, for chicks who sing with that kind of range, but I've never been able to hear that same kind of vocal shift in male singers. For chicks, it takes a good amount of practice to learn how to make that switch smoothly, and even among professionals, some do it better than others. Dudes can't all just be naturally good at singing through the middle range of their voices, so am I just not hearing it because I don't know what to listen for? Is a dude's head voice something they don't use because it's really just singing in falsetto which is incredibly silly? Are tenors sort of the male equivalent of female mezzo-sopranos, using their voices the same way? Halp!