You all know I'm not a "strong" singer.
I can carry a tune, as long as it's within a four-note range, which means "Mary Had a Little Lamb" could totally be "my" song, if it weren't for that one pesky high note. I'd love to be able to sing harmony, but I'd also love to be able to sing melody.
There is, however, one song in which I can occasionally sing harmony in a couple of places: The Eurythmics' Winter Wonderland, which has become a Christmas classic for that reason. (I'll bet you didn't know it had become a classic because I can sing harmony to it, but it's true.) I can't carry this harmony throughout the whole song, so I have to give it my Ethel Merman all during those brief shining moments. It is a feast for the ears. Why do you look so doubtful about that assertion, O cynical one?
Lately, I've noticed that everyone seems to be able to sing harmony. I'll be in church, and someone will sing regular harmony, which I guess is alto, but then there's another phenomenon going on, a "high harmony" where people sing like Vince Gill up-high-on-that-mountain.
Now, if you are one of the talented ones in the congregation, I don't blame you for expressing the gift God gave you. You go, Vince or Vincette.
But when a vocally-challenged person such as me gets between you altos and you Vince Gills, we are in a no-man's land, and we are lost and skeert to sing.
When this situation happens to me, I can't follow the melody anymore, because a whole different song is in my ear. I can't sing harmony because my voice is ... not bilingual. It's sort of illiterate.
So sometimes I just stand there and try to meditate on the words, but I get distracted by all of the choral gymnastics going on around me.
The Christmas season, of course, brings out the madrigal caroler in everyone, so my lack of ability is underscored even more at every holiday event.
So, are you a loud harmonizer? Or, if you are melodiously challenged like me, do you ever feel overwhelmed by harmonious surround sound?
Speaking of Vince Gill (see about 400 words up there) my mother would like a song of his for Christmas which she thinks is called "Hands Down," but I'm not having any luck finding it. If you are a fan (of Vince, not my mom) do you know of any title that sounds similar, or a chorus that might have that refrain?
And now, I bring you a very representative sample of my singing, first sent to me by Annette of Annie's Eyes, which you only need listen to a few seconds to understand how I sound and feel in church: