Singing your own song….

You’re dreaming. Someone has asked you, a complete novice,  to sing at a festival in front of thousands of people. Live, with a band. What song would you choose to sing in public? (given the necessary vocal talent of course).   Would it be one you hear over and over again  from your kids room, or a Take That standard that will get everyone singing along? Would you like it to be a song that speaks of who you are as a person, or who you would like to be – a protest song perhaps?

I had this dream. Anyone who knows me would say that me singing in public is my- and indeed everyone else’s  – idea of a nightmare rather than a dream come true. But when it came to going on stage I made a pretty good job of singing this…

It is a song I have always loved (and annoyed my children with over the years as ‘mummy’s miserable music’) and I do indeed sing along to it in the car so I expect there was nothing too significant about my choice.

But thinking about it, I reckon this has got to be one of the most seductive songs ever written. I am a huge fan of Portishead and Beth Gibbons’ voice is sexy as hell anyway, but she really surpasses herself on this track.

What do you reckon? What might you have sung? What do you sing when no-one else is listening (after all we can’t all get the chance to sing at Glastonbury…)

Its daft I know, but I felt the need to share it on my blog because in a funny kind of way I feel proud of myself for getting up there on stage and giving this fabulous song a go.

In my dreams…

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3 Responses to Singing your own song….

  1. Rivenrod says:

    One eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater . . . but sung in the style of Tom Waits, which would be made very clear beforehand, so nobody would know just how rubbish I am at “singing”. Not that I’m shy or anything, well not in the conventional sense, its just that I’m acutely conscious of the influence of Amnesty International in the realms of Human Rights and torture . . .

  2. Rin says:

    Ooh, good question! I’d definitely choose Wanting Time by Emily Maguire. It’s a beautiful, haunting song that’s both sad and lovely, and it’s just perfectly in my vocal range. Do have a listen!

  3. Phil says:

    Excellent question Suzie. I’m only surprised anyone has managed to narrow it down to one track!

    I guess I might change my my mind almost daily, but I love to pretend I could capture the way Justin Hayward sings the wonderful lyrics of Question, so this is me. For now.

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