Seen and Heard


Overtone singing

Quoting Wikipedia (this isn’t a college essay, get off my back), “overtone singing” is “a type of singing in which the singer manipulates the resonances (or formants) created as air travels from the lungs, past the vocal folds, and out of the lips to produce a melody. This resonant tuning allows the singer to create apparently more than one pitch at the same time (the fundamental and a selected overtone), while in effect still generating a single fundamental frequency with his/her vocal folds.” In simple terms, one creates a melody and harmony at the same time coming from the same sound source. I first learned about this in a college music history class and up until now I’ve only been familiar with a style of throat singing being done primarily by Tibetan Monks. This video of singer Anna-Maria Hefele shows her doing polyphonic overtone singing, where you can hear her singing two lines of music in harmony. It’s weird but kind of cool.

Rockapella is still a thing

Photo &copy Ross Leung
Photo by Ross Leung

Do you remember the theme song to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? It was sung by a vocal group called Rockapella. Almost 20 years later and here they are with a new rotation of members but still bringing a great sound to the stage for audiences of all ages. I’m kind of excited to mention that they’ll be performing a show at Kent Hall in Westerly this Saturday, October 18th! The ticket prices are affordable and they’re bound to put on a great show. If you or anyone you know will be in southern Rhode Island that weekend, let them know.

Bottle Boys

I have no idea where I found this clip, but please enjoy the Bottle Boys performing their own beer bottle rendition of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean.

Voice Lessons with Kristen Bell


I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen Frozen. I think Aiden saw it at a friend’s house once. Me, I have no clue what it’s about. I found out that Kristen is one of the voices who also sings in the movie. I’ve heard her voice-over work on Gossip Girl, and I’m late in becoming a fan of Veronica Mars, but I’ve seen numerous talk show interviews with her and I’ve loved her for the last few years already. (her story about a pet sloth was adorable) Here’s an interview on The Chalkboard blog with Kristen in which she shares some of her favorite Frozen lines and a couple singing tips. [image via The Chalkboard]

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