Singing

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God sent his Singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music known as songs that can either be sung a cappella (without accompaniment) or accompanied by musicians and instruments ranging from a single instrumentalist to a full symphony orchestra or big band. Singing is often done in a group of other musicians, such as in a choir of singers with different voice ranges, or in an ensemble with instrumentalists, such as a rock group or baroque ensemble. Nearly anyone who can speak can sing, since in many respects singing is a form of sustained speech.

Quotes[edit]

Sing again, with your dear voice revealing
A tone
Of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling
Are one. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • The tenor's voice is spoilt by affectation,
    And for the bass, the beast can only bellow;
    In fact, he had no singing education,
    An ignorant, noteless, timeless, tuneless fellow.
  • Come, sing now, sing; for I know you sing well;
    I see you have a singing face.
    • John Fletcher, The Wild Goose Chase (c. 1621; published 1652), Act II. 2
  • Three merry boys, and three merry boys,
    And three merry boys are we,
    As ever did sing in a hempen string
    Under the gallow-tree.
    • John Fletcher, Rollo Duke of Normandy, or The Bloody Brother, (c. 1617; revised c. 1627–30; 1639), Act III, scene 2. Song

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 712-13.
  • Ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d'être dit, on le chante.
  • At every close she made, th' attending throng
    Replied, and bore the burden of the song:
    So just, so small, yet in so sweet a note,
    It seemed the music melted in the throat.
  • Y'ought to hyeah dat gal a-warblin'
    Robins, la'ks an' all dem things
    Heish de mouffs an' hides dey faces
    When Malindy sings.
  • Olympian bards who sung
    Divine ideas below,
    Which always find us young
    And always keep us so.
  • I see you have a singing face — a heavy, dull, sonata face.
  • When I but hear her sing, I fare
    Like one that raised, holds his ear
    To some bright star in the supremest Round;
    Through which, besides the light that's seen
    There may be heard, from Heaven within,
    The rests of Anthems, that the Angels sound.
    • Owen Feltham, Lusoria, XXXIV. Appeared as a poem of Suckling's beginning "When dearest I but think of thee." Claimed by Feltham in note to ed. 1690, 1696 of his Resolves, Divine, Moral, Biblical
  • Then they began to sing
    That extremely lovely thing,
    "Scherzando! ma non troppo, ppp."
  • So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.
  • Ils chantent, ils payeront.
    • They sing, they will pay.
    • Cardinal Mazarin. Originally "S'ils cantent la cansonette ils pageront." A patois
  • Who, as they sung, would take the prison'd soul
    And lap it in Elysium.
  • Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing
    Such notes as, warbled to the string,
    Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek.
  • O Carril, raise again thy voice! let me hear the song of Selma, which was sung in my halls of joy, when Fingal, king of shields, was there, and glowed at the deeds of his fathers.
    • Ossian, Fingal, Book III, Stanza 1
  • But would you sing, and rival Orpheus' strain.
    The wond'ring forests soon should dance again;
    The moving mountains hear the powerful call,
    And headlong streams hang listening in their fall!
  • Every night he comes
    With musics of all sorts and songs compos'd
    To her unworthiness: it nothing steads us
    To chide him from our eaves; for he persists
    As if his life lay on't.

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