When a voice student doesn’t show up I pretty much get to spend a full half hour rocking out to whatever I want. This last Sunday it was “Listening To You” from Tommy.
Rock operas like Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Rent were my sort of gateway drug to Classical singing. It turns out that for most people to sing up into that range requires some Classical technique. Now, if my first voice teacher had ever caught me wailing on a song like “Listening To You” or “Heaven On Their Minds” she’d have had my ass.
But now that I’m a grown up, every now and again I can indulge my rock roots (especially now that I can hit all the notes :P).
Anyway, for those unfamiliar with Tommy, “Listening To You” is the finale. Here it is from the movie (enjoy this piece of my adolescence):