Voice Teacher Reacts to Elis Regina – Como Nossos Pais

Voice Teacher Reacts to Elis Regina – Como Nossos Pais

March 13, 2020 72 By Stanley Isaacs


Hi everyone. Andy Davis again from Master
of Voice, a channel with reactions to performers from across the world. In this
episode, a first-time reaction featuring Brazilian singer Elis Regina as she
performs “Como Nossos Pais”, which translates to English as “Like Our
Parents”. Let’s jump right in. I love the bright focus of her vowels and she’s given us a very serious intro
here as far as the emotions are concerned really just starting to tell
this story. A rough translation of the lyrics from Portuguese to English starts
out, “I don’t want to tell you, my love, about the things I’ve learned on records.
I want to tell you how I’ve lived. Everything that happened to me living is
better than dreaming and I know love is a good thing but I also know that any
song is smaller than the life of any person.” I love her diction here. That phrase
right there jumped from her mid-chest voice up into our upper-chest voice
sound. She pulled that chest voice up, the vowel migrated back a bit but it gave it
such a raw focus there. It was so nicely done. But, then she pulled the dynamics
back just a bit down into her lower and mid-chest voice to just give different
nuances to these lyrics. She is such a great storyteller already and I
appreciate the reserved emotion she’s giving us to start this song out. The
lyrics continue, “So be careful dear. There is a danger around the corner. They have
won and the traffic light is closed to us who are young. To embrace your brother
and kiss your girl on the street is why your arms were made, your lips and your
voice. You asked me about my passion. I say I’m delighted like a new invention. I
will stay in this city. I’m not going back to the country. For I see coming in
the wind the smell of a new season. I know everything in the living wound of
my heart.” Such great lyrics to this song, as well. I love when she opens her mouth more there. Nice breath control. I love now
she’s starting to get into the chorus here. But, those verses were so well done
and I love when she pulls her upper chest voice up to maybe where you would
think the upper end of that part of her range is. She opens her mouth a little
more and, like I mentioned, that just raw edginess to that but then she also
really knows how to finesse these lyrics in the different parts of her range. I am
very impressed by her and the lyrics continue on, “It’s been a while since I
saw you on the street, hair in the wind, young people gathered. On the walls of my
memory that remembrance is the painting that hurts the most.
My pain is to realize that, even though we’ve done all that we’ve done, we are
still the same and we live like our parents.” I love this section here that we’ve just
gone through, more connected in the melody there. More legato singing, if
you will. We started out in the verses, a bit of disconnect between some of the
notes just to give emphasis and the way it was written, as well, but now we’re
sort of in the chorus – I believe – of the song. I love these connected phrases.
She’s showing us great breath support and I am very, very impressed with her as
a performer and as a singer. You know, I know she died young. I believe in her
early 30s and, you know, I always hate to hear that when I see such talented
performers because I think, ‘What would they have put out, you know, in those
years’? Because a lot of times a singer is in the prime of their performance and
their voice, if you will, in those 30s, the decade of their thirties, if you
will, and then on into their 40s. She was so impressive. Focusing that vowel to the front there. I love that she lets some of the vowels
sort of migrate around within one held note. They almost slide around to each
other in certain parts of the phrases here and that is so appealing to me. I
really love the timbre of her voice and this is such an excellent song. I can see
why so many of you are fans of hers and I am excited to be featuring a Brazilian
artist on the channel. I am not sure if we’re in exact sync with the lyrics but
I do want to move on in the translation. ‘Our idols are still the same and the
appearances don’t deceive. No. You say that after them no one else appeared. You
might even say that I don’t know anything or that I’m making this up but
it is you who loves the past and doesn’t see. It is you who loves the past and
doesn’t see that the new always comes.” I love the space she’s giving in these vowels. Look at that emotion on her face. I love the emotion she’s giving us, not
only visually in her performance through her face in her body language but you
can feel the differences in her voice through this chorus, as well, and that is
really just pouring out her soul into this. True passion for some really great
lyrics and they finish out, “Today, I know that one who gave me the idea of a new
consciousness and youth is at home, guarded by God, counting money. My pain is
to realize that, even though we’ve done all we’ve done, we are still the same and
we live like our parents.” So impressive, you guys. Wow! What a passionate, emotional
performance she just gave us of that song. So, so good, you guys. Again, the world
lost her too soon. She was so talented. I know she had become a huge star in
Brazil and in the region, if you will, and I am so impressed and honored to have
heard her today. Such a great voice. you could just really feel that emotion of
these great lyrics coming through her performance of this song and showing off
her stellar vocal ability, as well. Wow! I hope you all enjoyed this reaction. If
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and, as always, I hope you have a great day.