Thursday, September 18, 2008

When you just gotta belt

All right, I will begin by admitting freely that I am not a talented solo singer. To paraphrase Remy from Ratatouille, anyone can sing... that doesn't mean that anyone should. My meager talents, such as they are, are best appreciated in a large choral setting.

With that said, there are some times and places where I feel free to just let go and sing aloud: at home alone, in the shower, in the car, and occasionally with siblings. There are also certain songs that, once they've caught your ear, demand you sing along -- nay, demand you BELT THEM OUT. For me, these include:
  • "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox
  • "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles
  • "The Wizard and I" from the Wicked original cast recording
  • "Jolly Roving Tar" by Great Big Sea (for that matter, most things by GBS)
  • "Drops of Jupiter" by Train
  • "Take Your Mama" by Scissor Sisters
  • "Byker Hill" by The Cottars
  • "Je fais de toi mon essentiel" by Emmanuel Moire
  • "A Little Respect" by Erasure
and many more... there are numerous belt-worthy songs out there, after all.

Which ones do you fancy? And where do you sing?


Scarehaircare said...

All Eurasure songs (my kids can sing along to their greatest hits)...okay most 80's songs. Beach Boys. The Love Magnet loves to sing along to Leahy. I like to sing Jenny Jordan Frogly songs ("This Day" being my fave).

Don't forget Messiah's Hallelujah Chorus. Best sun in a 1970's beater car while heading down icy I-15 with her sis and her husband, wishing that there was someone else who could sing the tenor part. Ah, good times.

PG said...

Sometimes I sing folk sings inside my motorbike helmet when we are bimbling along. I go quiet when we stop at traffic lights though.

tlawwife said...

I sing in the car to almost any song I know the words to.

When I am stressing I often sing hymns. How Great Thou Art has been my staple song since I was a little girl. It Is Well With My Soul also comes in a lot.

tlc illustration said...

A lot of my belting songs are of the more 'angry' variety. Much of the soundtrack to "Chess". Stuff by Alannis Morrisette or Sinead O'Connor. Or pop-y/silly like from the Corr's or my favorite "The Coconut Song" by Harry Nilsson.

All done solo in the car. Only.