Monday, May 10, 2010

Of Thee I Sing

The other day we found ourselves in the midst of a discussion about favorite singers and musical influences, and here’s the twist! They weren’t our personal inspirations but those of other artists. We were pretty surprised at who admired whom. It seems a shame to keep all the fun to ourselves, so for your cyber amusement here’s a little quiz to start off your week. Can you match the admirer to the admired? For brevity’s sake we’ve kept it to just one per performer. We’ll post the answers in a day or two.

Performer                           Influence

1.) Madonna                       A.) Frank Sinatra

2.) Beyoncé                        B.) Maria Callas

3.) Jim Morrison                C.) Connee Boswell

4.) Stevie Wonder             D.) Judy Holliday

5.) Linda Ronstadt             E.) Mario Lanza

6.) Ella Fitzgerald              F.) The Staples Singers

7.) Christina Aguilera       G.) Bessie Smith

8.) Billie Holiday               H.) Harry Nilsson

9.) Mary Lou Williams      I.) Stevie Wonder

10.) John Lennon             J.) Etta James

11.) Elvis                          K.) Lovie Austin

Now, on a not-quite-unrelated note, if you swivel your eyes to the right of this column and take a peek at Where in the World Are the Redheads?, you’ll note that Miss Laurel has a few gigs coming up. This weekend she’s got a solo concert with Tex Arnold at the Tusten Theatre in upstate NY. Come June, she’ll be reuniting with Lauren Kinhan and Janis Siegel aka JaLaLa, for gigs at Albany’s Egg and NYC’s Birdland (in case you’re wondering, their musical influences are the Boswell Sisters, and the Ronettes). We’ve decided to give away a free ticket to the Birdland date. All you have to do to enter the fray is post a comment here about who your influences have been, musical or otherwise. Tell us who you admire and why, and the entry that inspires us the most will get the tic. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


Faerie Elaine said...

I want to win the Birdland ticket and bring my husband to the show!
My musical influences are: The Beatles, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Donovan, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Boswell Sisters, Vivaldi, Bach, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross and Manhattan Transfer. I LOVE to sing and write songs and perform and record. I have been doing it since the '70s and don't plan to stop soon. See you at Birdland.
Love and blessings,
"Faerie" Elaine Silver

deanna witkowski said...

Shirley Horn is probably my favorite pianist/singer of all time, because she can perform ballads at extremely slow tempos and yet make the musical and lyrical line move through long stretches of space. She knows how to accompany herself and how to have her singing affect her piano playing and her piano playing affect her singing.

Elis Regina is another favorite singer because her music is like sung emotion. It is impossible to for me to hear her and not be moved.

Jon88 said...

Not famous, but I appreciate the opportunity to thank Larry Gates, who opened my eyes and ears to playing different styles authentically instead of imposing one on all. Thanks also to Michael Patrick King, who showed me the difference between funny and clever; Bonnie Loren, for teaching the accompanist as much as the singers about making a song a story; and my mother, who left the radio on the right stations.