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September 29, 2013

MUSIC NOTES

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Tonawanda News — Some classic rockers vocals have clearly diminished over the years, but they manage to work around the issues. Geddy Lee of Rush can’t sing in the shrieking high pitch he did in the band’s early years. Listening to the progression of his vocal style over the years is fascinating.

Other artists have fewer issues, like Paul McCartney, who I once heard has a strict throat regimen when he is on tour, although that runs contrary to reports that he smoked pot for years McCartney has had his share of vocal issues, but when you hear him sing for three hours without a break it’s downright amazing.

Vocal issues have sidelined other singers; Julie Andrews lost her ability to sing in 1997 after an operation to remove growths on her vocal chords. Keith Urban, Adele and John Mayer have all dealt with vocal chord problems that sidelined them in recent years. Surgery has been successful with them.

Even though it may appear natural, it’s important for artists to realize their vocal limitations and take care of their precious vocal chords in the same way an athlete keeps their body conditioned.

Being on the road, and doing too many interviews can result in the type of damage Grande sustained to her vocal chords. Thankfully, in her case it doesn’t seem like it will be permanent and it may be a valuable lesson for her and other young singers.

Thom Jennings writes a weekly column on the music scene for Sunday Lifestyle. Email him at thomjennings@rochester.rr.com.

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