Voice Teacher Reacts to Amanda Miguel – Castillos

Voice Teacher Reacts to Amanda Miguel – Castillos

January 25, 2020 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Hi everyone. Andy Davis here again from
Master of Voice, a channel with reactions to performers from across the world. In
this episode, another reaction to Amanda Miguel. I am so excited to see this
version of “Castillos” or “Castles” as it translates to English. This is a
performance of her singing the song back in 1991. So, let’s jump right in. I’m loving it already and, of course, several of you, when I reacted to “El Me Mintio”,
wanted me to go back and hear her younger version of singing, if you will,
back in the 80s. And, I did so and I enjoyed that arrangement and her voice
quality was a bit different back then. A little bit brighter, almost a little more
nasal at times, and this is just a few years after those videos that I saw. And
so, I was happy when someone pointed out this performance to me as being a live
version of this particular song that so many of you have requested. Let’s look at
a rough translation of the lyrics in English. “Once there was a honey land with
vermillion tile roofs where I was the queen and he was the king. In a kingdom
of love tales, my magical castle in the air used to shine transparently under
the sun but there was a cruel storm and the castle fell from the sky. Through the
sunlight, I saw an opening at my feet. An abyss – it was his heart. Then, I could see
his true self and what I found out tore me apart.” I really enjoy her voice in this section.
Of course, and this I just mentioned, her voice is a little bit brighter here and
back in the earlier part of her career. It sits a bit to the front of her
mouth, almost nasal at times, and I like when she opens up. The sound gets fuller
and really brightens up. But, then, she pulls it back to really give us some
dynamic contrast, different nuances in the lyrics here. I’m loving this. Nice control there. Wow! I loved that section. Of course, full of
emotion performance-wise in her face and in her voice. Some staccato there,
opening up into big held notes and then almost just crying out. You know, this has
got a lot of passion in this section and I can really tell via the lyrics that
this is just an emotional song. They continue on – although, I’m not sure if
we’re in exact sync with them. “My king was a stone monster. His heart was made
of stone. He paid for my love with stones. He broke my illusions with stones. I was
once so devoted and naive that I believed in this fairy tale and I paid
so much for my stupidity that I can’t dare to dream anymore.
I don’t want any more castles in the air, nor Kings who can hurt without mercy.” Wow.
Such excellent lyrics. I like the vibrato at the end of that phrase. I really enjoy the vibrato that comes in
at the ends of some of these phrases. Just showing us that she is singing free
of any tension in the walls of her throat. What a wonderful singer and
performer she is. I also like the instrumentation of the accompaniment
here. A bit of snare drum in that first section, a bit of a celebratory trumpet
sound coming in there, and now the timpani in between this phrase here. I
love this song. Wow! I – just the emotion she is giving us in
this particular part of the song. We had it earlier on and now it’s just so… She’s
really pouring out her soul into this and really portraying the meaning in the
lyrics of this song so well. You know, she’s been hurt and that emotion and
passion is coming through loud and clear here through her vocals and her overall
performance. The lyrics continue on and close out, “my King was a stone monster.
His heart was made of stone. His love was always a lie.
Today, the castles are ruins.” And, again, I’m not sure for in exact sync but I am
so impressed with this performance by her. Wow and giving that attitude. You know,
“El Me Mintio” was just a different type of song as far as the attitude. This is more
of an emotional, painful dynamic that she’s giving us. It reads through
everything that she is putting forth right now. But, I am impressed again with
that certain section especially with the dynamic contrast and control she’s able
to give us within that section. Some soft sounds, some louder big passionate almost
rock edginess there in some of the open vowels and the ‘Ahhs’ there. So well done,
you guys. Wow! Wow. Look at that. She gave us that passion all the way to
the end of this song and, then, broke character there just a bit to
acknowledge the audience’s appreciation. A true professional and star in this
performance and such a moving song. I love this and then you all have told me
of several other songs you want me to react to as well and I’m excited to get
to those. Wow. Amanda Miguel. I just enjoy her singing so very much – younger years,
later years. You know, I enjoyed the the later years version of “El Me Mintio”
because, to me, it takes an older, more mature woman to sometimes put forth the
attitude she was giving us in that performance. But, I’m happy to see this
performance and be able to react to it from earlier in her career. Truly
excellent. What a performer. I hope you all enjoyed this reaction. If you did,
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