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Oh. My. God. This doesn't even sound human...! 
19th-Sep-2008 12:40 pm
bearded collie
"Memory" from the Cats musical is one of my all-time favorite songs. My favorite performers of the song have long been Sarah Brightman, for her crystal-clear soprano, and Elaine Paige, for her exquisite emoting. But for whatever reason, I'd never checked out Betty Buckley's version before.

Until now. Watch this Tony Awards Show performance and marvel at the power of her effortless vibrato starting at 1:30. She almost sounds like a synthesizer, I swear to God! XD

19th-Sep-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I used to cry like a baby every time I heard the Betty Buckely version.

And y'know? I've heard it twice this year, once in April on the ride home from P-Town and last week on some public television special about the Tony Awards and...yup, I still got all choked up and teary eyed.

I think it makes me think of my scraggly old cat Butchie, who died in 2000. Her voice is amazing. That quavery quality clinches it for me.
19th-Sep-2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Such a high belt and well-developed, natural vibrato. It's so impressive. What makes *me* want to cry, though, is the fact that Buckley can't do it quite that way anymore. Her voice has changed a bit as she's gotten older.
20th-Sep-2008 12:29 am (UTC)
... I actually disliked Cats but always liked the song. *shrug* She sure can sing this though; can't help but bow my head down out of deference to her voice, especially after 1:30. ^o^

Thanks for the clip. It uplifted my spirits. Mayhap it'll give me the energy to be alert for class tomorrow: 9AM-2:50PM, woo hoo.
20th-Sep-2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not a huge fan of Cats, but I like some of the music. Especially "Memory." And T.S. Eliot's poetry is fun.

Wait, you have class on Saturday?! Ewwwww~!!!
20th-Sep-2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Weird choice that it is, "Memory" is my parent's wedding song. =)

Betty Buckley is tops, man. I love her in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."
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