Monday, 2 April 2018

What I have been up to, or, this is not an advertisement for Smule

It has been a while since I had the time to blog something, and now I know why: it's Smule's fault!

Sorry if you know what Smule is, but if you don't, it's a karaoke app. When I told my friends about it, they were stunned. 'But you don't do karaoke,' they said. 'We don't do karaoke.' I know my friends don't do karaoke, but with my family, it's another story. We're singing all the time - in the bathroom, when we're watching telly, when we're eating, when we're reading... I thought this was something everyone else does, but apparently not.

I discovered Smule a few months ago, around the New Year, and quite a bit of the time I would have used for writing was taken up by singing. The beauty of Smule is that there are many rearrangements of the same song to choose to sing to, and you can choose to sing on your own or with a partner and to record your singing once you've finished. There is also the option to post each recording you've made on your profile page. I normally only do this for songs which I think I've sung reasonably and tolerably well.

Thanks to Smule, I have become very aware of my voice and how to use it (trust me, listening to a recording is much more useful than listening to yourself singing live), and fingers crossed that with continued practice, I can move away from the strangled cat/duck on helium vocals to something resembling a voice, and perhaps move on to posting my own original songs on Soundcloud and Youtube; after all, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

So here's to karaoke apps, and here's to singing!