I need another pop star like Janet. I’m tired of watching Rihanna stand there doing nothing in nice wigs and seeing Beyonce strut aggressively to and fro wearing sparkly onesies. Look at this military precision! This is what a pop concert is supposed to look like, children.
Personal Note: I’ve been wanting my hair to do that for 10 years and it’s just not happening. Somebody needs to teach me what’s going on there because I don’t know nothin about hair.
I was originally listening to “Making Love in the Rain” because it’s raining and I was making love grits & eggs. That song doesn’t have a video, but this one does! And LOL @ this director trying to pretend Janet was actually there until the very end. She was way too busy Controlling and Pleasure Principleing to show up for some trumpet player.
It’s still a good jam though. Almost makes me wish I lived in the 80s. Except crack & AIDS. ::Debbie Downer sound effect::
I made this little graphic to help you out. Click it for the fullsize version.
I’ll explain it later, but first the backstory.
I was hanging out with this guy who was trying to argue me up down and sideways that Adele is an amazing singer. I’ma tell you why she’s so popular: she has a great big black lady voice and she’s white. The End. Everything she’s doing is done a million times over every Sunday by the church ladies at New Bethel AME Zion Church of Christ Under an Elm Tree By The River. Still, she has a great tone to her voice that you can’t teach. She’s just born with that and she has a great voice. That doesn’t make her a great singer.
A great singer has great ears. All of the runs and melisma are possible because they have a great sense of pitch. They can hear the chords and sing all around, inside, and through them. Those interesting vocal runs just come out because they have great ears. On top of that, with vocal coaching and/or practice they can really hone their craft and do some amazing things.
A great voice is born, not made. You’re either born with a beautiful sound coming out of your mouth, or you’re not.
So I got bored watching the Walking Dead and made a little graphic. Left to right ranks great singing ability with the best being on the right. Bottom to top ranks great voices with the best being near the top. I graded everyone by Whitney Houston who, hands-down, had the best combination of natural-born-tone and exception singing ability.