Jeri, Thanks for your comments. I think with me, the pitch thing and singing, is the fact that I never liked the sound of my recorded voice, even when I was forced to contribute harmony's in bands through out the years....Good singing to me, is an inate God-given talent just like playing an instrument and either you've got it or you don't - talking raw fundamental talent here - and I definitely don't have it, when it comes to singing and I'm frank and honest enough to admit it...and I'm convinced that if I don't like the sound of my voice, no one else will either. ...(mind you I've been told I have a great telephone voice, so if music and entertainment don't work out for me in the long term, perhaps I'd have a future at one of the 976 tele-personals operators or something.)
Nothing worse, than people who think they have vocal talent (because their Mommmies and Daddies and families have encouraged them - because they too were all tone deaf) perpetuating their aural distortions on the rest of us, thinking we might agree with their families. Course it does make me wonder if half of the A&R guys at record companies are into some serious drugs, when you hear some of the artists they sign --sorry middle aged sensibilities creeping in here....
You should hear some of the tapes I get from vocalists in bands, and how truly awful some of them are. Unfortunately no one has ever been honest enough with these people, in telling it like it is to them. It's like you can't tell someone they suck or have no talent, without it being interpretted as a complete character assassination of their entire psyche and personality. But like Don and Michael Corleone are fond of saying ''It's business. It's not personal.'' (grin)
Fortunately I've have some half way decent musical talent to compensate, otherwise I'd be completely shattered. 8^)
Take care, Jeri. (Sorry I missed you when you were in Toronto.)