Many years ago, when I was a freshman in high school, a friend of ours, one Jim Miller, loaned us a few Sun label records of Johnny Cash. One of the songs was "Big River."
Funny how almost every song I hear reminds me of some woman or girl. This one reminded me of Marcia Willis, a little blonde from Oklahoma who had a southern accent, and Johnny Cash's experience with a similar female (as told on "Big River") closely mirrored my own, at least in emotion.
So my song for today is "Big River." I sang from my middle voice in order to avoid a nasal sound. Here it is:
I notice that I am just a little sharp on the low notes that come at the end of a lyric, e.g. "I'm gonna sit right here until I die," with "die" being the low note. I can easily hit that low note in my chest voice, but I am singing the song in my middle voice. Transitioning smoothly from one voice to another is a skill acquired through practice. I should be able to instantly transition from middle voice to chest voice in order to hit that note. My vocal exercises cover this skill. Now that I am aware of it I can work on it.
If possible, listen to the videos and recordings with head phones, unless you have larger speakers attached to your computer. The small, built-in speakers in most computers cannot reproduce the bass or the warmth of the original recordings.
I play bass guitar and string bass in and around Hollister, California.