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CallMeBuffChick
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Well it's that time of the year again where the choir and drama kids get ready for the pops concert in May. Well me and this girl want to do a duet but we can't think of any songs. Wanna toss me some ideas.

Another thing my choir teacher wants me to do a solo too(:eek . I'm not to sure about what song to sing for that. I was thinking Etta James 'At Last.' But I don't know. I need something that'll be unforgetable.

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Raviolichic
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It all depends on what kinds of music you're into and/or what your director would consider tolerable for the performance.

I sing as well, and am personally fond of Sarah McLachlan's "Full of Grace". It's one of those songs I can do a million times and still feel good about it.

For the duet, how about "Tell Him" by Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand? The two most talented girls at my school did that about three years ago, and it brought the house down.

I also like "Hands" by Jewel, "Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews, and "I Will Be" by Lila McCann. You can tell I'm into country.

Oh, and there's a beautiful soprano solo in "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff (I hope that's his name). Maybe you're not a soprano, though?


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Ooh, ooh, ooh. Do "At Last." That is FANTASTIC. And it'll show range and versatility well, methinks...

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'at last' gives me chills. another good one for a singer-actress like you might be "With One Look" from Sunset Boulevard.

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Heather
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What are your vocal ranges, Buff?
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Gee, I dunno. With twelve years of voice-teaching experience, two degrees in vocal performance, and doctoral work in musicology, maybe I could come up with *something* you might like. What's your range, chica, and what are some examples of pieces you've done in the past?

(And dear god, whoever suggested the "O Dulcissima" from Carmina Burana -- were you completely out of your mind? Gorgeous, yes, but a real butt-kicker, not something you wanna do unless you're really honestly at that concert-artist level. I've sat in rehearsal and watched major international opera singers butcher the thing. Trust me, it's a killer, even if you *are* a soprano. )

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Heather
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Bewteen the two of us, Hanne, that makes for about a good 30 years of vocal training. Maybe we chould charge her, eh?

:P

(And I concur on the Orff suggestion -- ouch. Orff music is really a very different thing than most music, and when it's done well, in my experience, it's done well by singers well-versed in Orff, which takes years.)


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Raviolichic
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Oops. I seem to have made a boo boo with my Orff suggestion.

My performing group just started looking at "Carmina Burana" earlier this week. I thought the song was pretty the two times I've heard it, but didn't really think about how difficult it must be. My bad!


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Hey Ravio..want to hear sumptin' interesting? I sang in the actual Carmina Burana performances here in NY for a while. 'Course I was just part of the chorus, but it was very cool! Just thought it's funny that you mentioned it.

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So, while we're waiting to find out what you and your pal's general ranges are, a few thoughts popped into my head.
Sounds like you're not looking for classical pieces, but more contempoary ones.

That given, I can think of a few that likely have not been overdone worth thinking about.

"The Weakness in Me" by Joan Armatrading is a beautiful piece, and sounds fabulous with two voices harmonizing (and I think it was recently used in a teen film, but heck if I can think of which one).

"Walking on a Wire" by Linda and Richard Thompson was written as a duet, and is lovely.

"Ghost" by the Indigo Girls as well as "Love Will Come To You" are both very rich and fantastic two-part pieces.

If you want something jazzy and fun, the classic standard "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is a real gas to do.

One more very rare tune is a piece called "Lover's Lullabye" by Janis Ian written in 1975. She once did it as a duet with Phoebe Snow. Some of the harmonies are done in thirds, so it makes for a very unique sound.

Lastly, JhOhn Hiatt's "Crazy LIttle Thing Called Love" that Bonnie Raitt covered some years back was originally written as a duet, and it is very fun, funky and absolutely hilarious in parts.

And I think the Etta James piece is also a nice choice.

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quote:
Originally posted by Miz Scarlet:

"The Weakness in Me" by Joan Armatrading is a beautiful piece, and sounds fabulous with two voices harmonizing (and I think it was recently used in a teen film, but heck if I can think of which one).

It's in, Ten Things I Hate About You with Larisa Oleynik, Julia Stiles, and Heath Ledger. It's basically Taming of the Shrew, but in the late 90's. I was watching it the other day and i really loved that song (without knowing it was that song) and i went for a search to get the lyrics...funny you mention it....but it definately is beautiful.

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CallMeBuffChick
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We're both altos, but I can sing 2nd soprano too. We're thinking about "Tell Him" by Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand, but I'm more of a pop and r&b girl. So really anything will be helpful.

I was singing "At Last" last night and I think it's a keeper. I hope my choir teacher likes it.

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Heather
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Ah, thank you, Justine. That was a cute movie, by the way.

And it is a lovely song. I like to do a rendition with jazz improvised piano.

And Joan Armatrading is often seriously underrated. if you like her, I'd also reccomend listening to Jane Siberry if you don't already. "When I Was a Boy" is one of the most beautiful albums ever done, IMO.

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Well, if I were going to do a solo I would probably do "from a distance" by bette midler or "angel" by sarah mclachlan. My friend Josh did "thank you for giving to the lord" at a choir concert last year, and he got a standing ovation. And for a duet, two of my girl friends sang "the rose" by bette midler and "bridge over troubled water" while playing the piano together. All of those songs can be very memorable if you do a good job. I guess it all depends what kind of music you're into, though.

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I've thought of some more songs for my solo, Whitney Houston's 'Run To You' or 'I Have Nothing'. Oh what to choose, what to choose.

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Hey, Lucky1402, some friends of mine did a mime to that song... Heh... Well... I like the song "For You I Will" by Monica, but I dont know anything really about singing!

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FOR YOUR DUET:
if you like broadway try...
in his eyes (from jekyll & hyde)
I know him so well (from Chess)
these are both kinda like pop ballads
or if you like jazz try...
ain't misbehavin
i've got the world on a string
L-O-V-E
there's way more options for m/f duets
and
FOR YOUR SOLO:
as far as unforgettable music goes, i'd say you pinned it right on the spot if you can pull off At Last. That's the best song ever!
otherwise try....
someone like you (from jekyll & hyde)
unchained melody (leann rimes version)
right kind of wrong (from coyote ugly)
any man of mine (shania twain)
remember me this way (from Casper the movie *i love this one*)

I know how nerve racking this decision is for you, so good luck. Whatever you pick will be great!!


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