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The Speak-Singing Debate: Just Sing The Damn Song!

April 3rd, 2012

Episode 394 of 716 episodes

Few people can easily define it but nearly everyone knows it when they hear it. Speak-singing, the murky marriage of spoken lyrics and sung melodies, can be heard in everything from 17th century opera to the Velvet Underground and latest Mountain Goats record. On this edition of All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton argue over the pros and cons of this polarizing art form and take a look at some of their favorite (and not-so-favorite) speak-singing artists. Plus, listeners chime in with some of their own picks. SONGS FEATURED ON THIS EPISODE Rex Harrison Album: My Fair Lady [Original Soundtrack] Song: A Hymn to Him The Velvet Underground Album: Loaded [Fully Loaded Edition] Song: Sweet Jane [Full Length Version] William Shatner Album: Has Been Song: Common People The Modern Lovers Album: The Modern Lovers Song: She Cracked U2 Album: Unforgettable Fire Song: Pride (In the Name of Love) Mozart Album: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Song: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 [Act 1. Scene 1 & 2. No. 2. Duettino. Se a caso madama] Christine Schäfer Album: Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire; Herzgewächse; Ode to Napoleon Song: Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21 [Act I, No. 1, "Mondestrunken"] Laurie Anderson Album: Mister Heartbreak Song: Blue Lagoon Suzanne Vega Album: Solitude Standing Song: Tom's Diner The Mountain Goats Album: Sunset Tree Song: Love Love Love Wilco Album: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Song: I Am Trying to Break Your Heart

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