Woes of the Songstress

There are many bands that I simply  adore. We all have our own preferences, and I know I’m not the only person in the world who has found one or more special bands that you just can’t get enough of. That band, perhaps, that you can listen to all day—the one you learned entire discographies of. Perhaps you systematically memorized every song you could get your hands on. No? Well, maybe I am a bit strange…

My problem, I’ve discovered (not so recently), is that all of my favorite songs are by guys. Thusly, being a soprano, I can’t sing them in the keys they are originally in. I end up having to sing a cappella… and it’s not nearly as satisfying as belting it out with the music behind you. I took to finding karaoke versions of my favorite songs and editing them, with such applications as Audacity (which you can easily find and download for free, if you’re interested. It’s relatively easy to use), to how they are closer to my pitch. The problem with that is if there are any back up vocals attached to the song, they sound like chipmunks. At first, this can be really amusing, but then it becomes annoying as hell when you try to sing along and take it seriously.

Due to this, I have to stick with songs that I can sing on the same pitch. This limits me to Utada Hikaru, one of my only favorite female singers. However, if you can only sing certain songs, you know how tired you can get. It becomes less of a joy and more of a stressful routine. So I end up singing my own versions of other artists’ songs. I’ll sing Mudvayne, Killswitch Engage, Seether, Dead By April, Alanis Morissette (even her songs are too low for me, sometimes!), and various Japanese artists (such as Malice Mizer and Gackt). This sometimes leads me to frustrating problems, such as learning the correct pitch. For example, Seether songs, when I try to learn them, I sing along to the actual song—but since I can’t sing with him because my vocals won’t go that low, I end up harmonizing. This creates an annoying tendency when I go to sing the song in my own pitch a cappella. Between a verse and the chorus, I end up changing pitch in an unnecessary and unappealing way. And, because listening to the original song doesn’t always help—no matter how many times I listen—I’m stuck singing it wrong.

Such amazing songs as Breakdown and Naked are lost on me because I can’t get the pitch right when I sing it on my own. And, since editing the actual song messes me up, too, I don’t seem to have any options.

Unable to accept that I will never be able to sing my favorite songs, I searched in vain for years—looking for people with which to collaborate. Perhaps, in a band, I would finally have what I needed to perfect my own versions of my all-time favorite songs.

That wish finally came true, actually. After giving up years ago, a friend from high school asked me and my boyfriend to form a band with him.

However, to my infinite dismay, some songs just can’t be made higher. I got over it though. After all, the band is supposed to be a Black Veil Brides cover band (so I’m learning BVB songs), and so the most of the songs we’ll end up playing will be BVB. Hopefully, we can formulate some original songs. If so, I can’t wait! I will, without hesitation, make music videos and post them here!

Also, on the subject of posting music and videos… I am intending to post videos on youtube, I intend to put up lyrical videos, which I will either post onto this website, or merely leave links. I also want to do “Let’s play” videos. There are many things I would love to do.

If you have any ideas, post a comment! Thank you so much for reading!


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