The trials and tribulations of aging singers, part 2.

It’s been eons since I last posted anything and thanks to the encouragement of my friend Willie, have decided to just shake off the rust and get back to it.

For quite a while now, I’ve been thinking about singers and how often, their voices change through the years to the point of not sounding much like what I liked about their voices earlier in their careers. In a previous post, I mentioned how Elton John’s voice today isn’t even remotely in the same ballpark as his voice was back in the 1970’s which is quite sad as it was truly one of the best of that generation’s. Paul McCartney is another whose voice seems to be on the downward slope as witnessed by his less than stellar vocals on “Maybe I’m Amazed” from Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special in February. Paul, admirably, is still aiming high as “Maybe I’m Amazed” is, after all, not an easy song to sing. But it just didn’t sound good hearing all that vocal straining throughout the whole song. Paul’s once syrupy smooth mid to upper mid-range is almost gone now.

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