Singing for a friend -- 'I'll Be There' Jackson 5/Mariah Carey cover

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    Dec 08, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
    God this song was bloody hard for me to sing! Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz style. Notice that I changed the feminine pronouns to masculine ones -- so obviously the song is dedicated to you guys icon_cool.gif

    Anyways, for times when you just need a friend...


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    Dec 09, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    Awww, sweet icon_smile.gif . Im just curious to "who" XD, Your so awesome as always!!! icon_razz.gif btw, im planning to do a cover of: "I Will Be Here by Steven Chapman" . icon_razz.gif and it will be dedicated to u cuz u have been there for me when im down icon_smile.gif. *hugs!
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    Dec 09, 2010 2:39 AM GMT
    omg, lol, Emma loves you! (See pics, little brown dog/w Bill). She whimpered til I picked her up and she watched you on the monitor wagging her tail.

    So there you go, breakin' little girls hearts!

    -Doug
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    Dec 09, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    LoveIsNox saidAwww, sweet icon_smile.gif . Im just curious to "who" XD,


    Yeah, who ? WHO ? icon_razz.gif

    Like I told you before, great voice and sweeeeet performance icon_smile.gif

    Thank you Gbob !
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    Dec 09, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    LoveIsNox saidAwww, sweet icon_smile.gif . Im just curious to "who" XD, Your so awesome as always!!! icon_razz.gif btw, im planning to do a cover of: "I Will Be Here by Steven Chapman" . icon_razz.gif and it will be dedicated to u cuz u have been there for me when im down icon_smile.gif. *hugs!


    Great song choice! I can play the piano and accompany you singing lol.
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    Dec 09, 2010 3:19 AM GMT
    meninlove said omg, lol, Emma loves you! (See pics, little brown dog/w Bill). She whimpered til I picked her up and she watched you on the monitor wagging her tail.

    So there you go, breakin' little girls hearts!

    -Doug


    Aw that's cute. That's funny because when my sister showed my niece (who was around 6 months old at the time) a video of me singing she suddenly lit up and started smiling (so I was told). Obviously the little girls love me hahaha icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 09, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    Thank you for the comments guys. I'm always a bit nervous reading the comments because I'm actually quite sensitive to negative responses. But nonetheless I understand and respect not everyone will always like what I put out there.

    As to who it's addressed to...it's actually addressed to everyone on here. All the stuff that I like to present to RJ is uploaded onto my Dailymotion account and anything I like to present to the world I put on Youtube (which I don't feel the need to anymore). I decided to cover this song because a lot of the times I feel very lonely, and I feel that having someone there to talk with really helps soothes the soul. Everyone has problems from time to time, and everyone deserves to be listened to.

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    Dec 09, 2010 6:24 AM GMT
    Gbob said
    LoveIsNox saidAwww, sweet icon_smile.gif . Im just curious to "who" XD, Your so awesome as always!!! icon_razz.gif btw, im planning to do a cover of: "I Will Be Here by Steven Chapman" . icon_razz.gif and it will be dedicated to u cuz u have been there for me when im down icon_smile.gif. *hugs!


    Great song choice! I can play the piano and accompany you singing lol.



    YES PLEASE! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gif. That would be awesome! icon_smile.gif. you do the really high ones(although i can, but i feel lazy to do it lmfao!).
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    Dec 09, 2010 6:29 AM GMT
    You have a cute accent, but I bet you hear that all the time.
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    Dec 09, 2010 9:26 AM GMT
    hazardous saidYou have a cute accent, but I bet you hear that all the time.


    Oh you just reminded me that I want to do a video on accents! Good one.

    Not really lol, cos I live in England and some people speak like me. I have a more, what people would say, 'posh' British accent when it's not even posh! But the general southern accent is much coarser than how I speak (I do know cos I used to speak like that). Actually, when I was younger I used to be obsessed with America and the American accent icon_wink.gif

    Thank you for listening icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 09, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    Great job! I love your cute smile at the end. Thanks for posting this. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 09, 2010 10:48 PM GMT
    Great job - and a good song solo because you can do the bridge bit and show off your (obviously good) talent.

    I thought at times it sounded too Mariah and not enough Michael Jackson - which for a male vocalist doesn't work for me, but it may have been the soft / vibrato style you were going for. Also, your armpit and head scratching was a tad distracting ;) If you're gonna put this on the web, do it without the fidgeting!

    Cool work nonetheless! icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 10, 2010 1:58 AM GMT
    seanp7 saidGreat job - and a good song solo because you can do the bridge bit and show off your (obviously good) talent.

    I thought at times it sounded too Mariah and not enough Michael Jackson - which for a male vocalist doesn't work for me, but it may have been the soft / vibrato style you were going for. Also, your armpit and head scratching was a tad distracting ;) If you're gonna put this on the web, do it without the fidgeting!

    Cool work nonetheless! icon_cool.gif


    Thanks lol!

    I tell you what, I hated singing Trey Lorenz's part because I can't easily sustain my upper register of my voice lol. Perhaps it's from lack of technique because I've never had a vocal lesson in my life.

    Yeah, that's right, it was totally Mariah Carey style lol. Usually when I do do covers I play the piano myself and change the vocal stylisations according to how I like them. But in this case I couldn't play the piano, due to a difficulty in keeping the rhythm and singing, so I imitated her singing to a tee. I wouldn't normally choose to sing the notes that she sings because they're a bit awkward for me (i.e. the high notes). Oh, the vibrato thing wasn't imitative though, that's my natural vibrato -- sometimes it's a bit too airy and needs to be sped up a bit in my opinion!

    Sorry about the armpit scratching! When I'm nervous I tend to fidget a lot plus it was boiling hot in that room lol. This video wasn't meant to be too serious so I tried not to play up for the camera too much.

    Anyways thanks for your input icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 10, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
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    hazardous saidYou have a cute accent, but I bet you hear that all the time.


    Oh you just reminded me that I want to do a video on accents! Good one.

    Not really lol, cos I live in England and some people speak like me. I have a more, what people would say, 'posh' British accent when it's not even posh! But the general southern accent is much coarser than how I speak (I do know cos I used to speak like that). Actually, when I was younger I used to be obsessed with America and the American accent icon_wink.gif

    Thank you for listening icon_smile.gif


    I wanted to ask! To me it seems like British people lose their accent when they sing, with the exception of maybe Lily Allen. Do you feel like American Singers lose their accent when they sing?
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    Dec 10, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
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    Gbob said
    hazardous saidYou have a cute accent, but I bet you hear that all the time.


    Oh you just reminded me that I want to do a video on accents! Good one.

    Not really lol, cos I live in England and some people speak like me. I have a more, what people would say, 'posh' British accent when it's not even posh! But the general southern accent is much coarser than how I speak (I do know cos I used to speak like that). Actually, when I was younger I used to be obsessed with America and the American accent icon_wink.gif

    Thank you for listening icon_smile.gif


    I wanted to ask! To me it seems like British people lose their accent when they sing, with the exception of maybe Lily Allen. Do you feel like American Singers lose their accent when they sing?


    Such a good question! I was born in England and have a proper British accent but I actually had to really work on trying to sound American. It's true!

    I've never had a vocal lesson in my life so I was never taught how to sing the vowels properly. So when I first started singing around 3 years ago, my accent sounded very weird. Quite a few people on Youtube picked up on this and said I had a weird accent -- which I did. Funnily enough, I tended to sound more Chinese than British!

    In answer to your question: no, I don't think American singers lose their accent when they sing but of course sometimes it's quite obvious what accent they have according to their genre of music. Like country singers would have a more southern accent and rnb singers would speak in ebonics. I might be an exception, but I definitely found it difficult to adopt a proper singing accent.

    Also things got even more confusing when I sang in Mandarin. Mandarin's not really my language, and people commented, saying how my accent was much too like a Hong Kong accent! icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 10, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    Lol, I don't even want to know how my accent sounds in Mandarin. (I do speak it though.)
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    Dec 10, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
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    seanp7 saidGreat job - and a good song solo because you can do the bridge bit and show off your (obviously good) talent.

    I thought at times it sounded too Mariah and not enough Michael Jackson - which for a male vocalist doesn't work for me, but it may have been the soft / vibrato style you were going for. Also, your armpit and head scratching was a tad distracting ;) If you're gonna put this on the web, do it without the fidgeting!

    Cool work nonetheless! icon_cool.gif


    Thanks lol!

    I tell you what, I hated singing Trey Lorenz's part because I can't easily sustain my upper register of my voice lol. Perhaps it's from lack of technique because I've never had a vocal lesson in my life.

    Yeah, that's right, it was totally Mariah Carey style lol. Usually when I do do covers I play the piano myself and change the vocal stylisations according to how I like them. But in this case I couldn't play the piano, due to a difficulty in keeping the rhythm and singing, so I imitated her singing to a tee. I wouldn't normally choose to sing the notes that she sings because they're a bit awkward for me (i.e. the high notes). Oh, the vibrato thing wasn't imitative though, that's my natural vibrato -- sometimes it's a bit too airy and needs to be sped up a bit in my opinion!

    Sorry about the armpit scratching! When I'm nervous I tend to fidget a lot plus it was boiling hot in that room lol. This video wasn't meant to be too serious so I tried not to play up for the camera too much.

    Anyways thanks for your input icon_smile.gif


    I didn't want to tell you that i noticed the armpit scratching icon_razz.gif , but i taught it was adorable icon_biggrin.gificon_razz.gif. Just to let you know your not the only one who experiences that icon_razz.gif XD. I tried singing Mariah Carey's songs, but sadly i failed cuz it was WAAAY too high, i mean..WHo in the world can whistle-sing(u know, when she goes like Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaa, LMFAO!) like her? yeahhh.
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    Dec 10, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    Yea sorry about that! I'm quite a crude person sometimes and will do things like scratch my armpits, re-adjust down there and yawn out loud whilst in public. icon_redface.gif I'll try not to do it next time.
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    Dec 10, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    @LovelsNox...nah I never attempt any whistle register stuff because I think it sounds very bad on a guy lol...even if they do it well. Just my opinion though.
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    Dec 10, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    Gbob saidYea sorry about that! I'm quite a crude person sometimes and will do things like scratch my armpits, re-adjust down there and yawn out loud whilst in public. icon_redface.gif I'll try not to do it next time.


    You're so butch.
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    Gbob saidYea sorry about that! I'm quite a crude person sometimes and will do things like scratch my armpits, re-adjust down there and yawn out loud whilst in public. icon_redface.gif I'll try not to do it next time.


    You're so butch.


    Nah, I definitely have my gay moments. Proud to be a fag icon_razz.gificon_smile.gif

    Oh I'll tell you something that was really funny (but you might think it's gross and think less of me) lol. Basically the maintenance guy woke me up this morning to fix my boiler. I answered the door, he came in and the room was messy as hell -- literally every step you take you tread on something. Anyways, I was like 'yeah ok, fix my boiler' and crawled back to bed whilst he carried on fixing. And the funny thing was, was that he flushed the toilet for me -- after a piss I never flush the toilet and I always get the toilet seat wet haha. I told my friend and she said it was gross, but at the time I was so tired that I found it funny. She said I would never get a boyfriend being like that lol. Don't think the maintenance guy minded though icon_cool.gif



    End of a random story.
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    Dec 11, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    omfgggg
    one of my all time favorite Mariah/MJ songs!!!
    I didn't see any Mariah hand movements tho...

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    Dec 11, 2010 2:34 AM GMT
    luvitohateit saidomfgggg
    one of my all time favorite Mariah/MJ songs!!!
    I didn't see any Mariah hand movements tho...

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    HAHAHAHAHAHA, that's funny. She really annoys me when she does that actually LOL.

    Although I have to say, sometimes when you really get into a song that's very expressive, or a vocal run that's very melismatic -- your hands do tend to follow the direction of the notes. But Mariah just goes way over the top with it --- perhaps cos she sings so many difficult runs haha.
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    Dec 11, 2010 4:11 AM GMT
    ....O_O..... i didn't notice that..i found it natural of her. LOL. now that you mentioned it, I also saw her do it on a music video with Nikki Minaj: "Up Out My Face". >_< . yeahhh and the maintenance guy thing totally made me LOL. XD. If i was in your house(and if its messy) i wouldn't mind cleaning it for you icon_smile.gif(since i always have to clean my room everyday icon_eek.gif ). Cuz one time i found a dead lizard (out of nowhere). LOLicon_razz.gif