Tuesday, November 4, 2014


"The human voice is the organ of the soul." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The voice is the oldest musical instrument – it is the only instrument that we are born knowing how to play.  This is not to say that everyone is good at playing this inherently human instrument; the mastery of the voice is a technical feat, one that stems from years of practice, training, and learning.

PARMA has a vast catalog of music in all sorts of instrumentation, but to me, there is a basic human connection to works that feature virtuoso vocal performances.  I've compiled a playlist of a selection of some highlight vocal performances from the PARMA catalog.  I've also taken the liberty to include some of my favorite modern pop songs which feature a strong vocal performance.  The versatility and range of the human voice is the thing that sets it apart from other instruments.  Each voice is as unique as a fingerprint, and we should celebrate each voice for its distinctive qualities.

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