“If you, if you could return
Dont let it burn, dont let it fade
Im sure Im not being rude
But its just your attitude
Its tearing me apart
Its ruining everything
And I swore, I swore I would be true
And honey so did you
So why were you holding her hand
Is that the way we stand
Were you lying all the time
Was it just a game to you.”
I wish I had a velvety and breathy voice as Dolores O’ Riordan. Linger is one of my favourite songs because Dolores brings out the passion so effortlessly that it makes you linger onto the song. The clear Irish accent while pronouncing words like ‘by’, ‘confused’ seems as if her mellifluous voice is tip-toeing on the words and just before she completes the words, her voice curls and continues with the next word in her song. Oh I wish, I could strum away confidently with a clear voice to tune of Linger!
I am not a crackerjack in music but humming along side the splash of water gets me my Linger moment, that to without an audition. There are some lucky souls who are born with a voice as clear as a distant bell. Mine seems like an obese cat screeching between the wires of a guitar. 4 years of law school has definitely taught me not to twist facts, so I will not couch my voice in exotic terminologies as ‘different’, ‘urbane’ or ‘husky’. I am a pathetic singer and definitely abashed about it.
My stereo is punched right in the middle. My stereo becomes a melody in the ripples of water, obviously due to some physics mumbo-jumbo. Songs which need a high-pitch turn out perfectly in the shower.
Joan Baez’s huskiness can easily be acquired if you sing standing right underneath the shower. Celine Dion’s melody can be attained if you leave the tap running in the background. (oye! Don’t leave the water running for too long, Micheal Jackson’s Earth Song is an inception of a dangerous and near reality) Dido’s breathy tune is very easy if you hum close to the water. Shreya Goshal’s smooth rendition is a possibility if you keep splashing water on yourself. Reena Bhardwaj’s sweet intonation is a bit tricky but the right amount of water will sift all the scratchiness in the voice to give each one of you, your own Eureka moment!! I’ve honestly not tried Bryan Adams, Frank Sinatra or Ronan Keating for that matter but if your vocals are deep and croaky enough, the above can be easily achieved. Touche to that!
So with a wee bit of voice-shopping here and there with water, Grammy no longer remains an outrageous dream. And if you’re still lingering on how to get O’Riordan’s vocal cords, just eat something sweet and quickly gulp down water…just linger onto the words and there you have it-
“And Im in so deep
you know Im such a fool for you
you got me wrapped around your finger
Do you have to let it linger
Do you have to. do you have to
Do you have to let it linger”