Let Groban Expand Your Musical Tastes
February 18, 2002
By Stacey Driscoll, Mead High School
Every Monday night, my three best friends and I converge for our weekly "Ally McBeal" fix.
Sometime last season, we watched an episode where Ally ends up as the prom date for a high school senior who has to sing at the dance.
When the kid opened his mouth to sing, I'm sure I looked just like Ally -- completely floored. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I could only say three words: "What a voice."
This season, he reprised his role on "Ally," and I was elated to learn he had an album in the works. His name is Josh Groban, and the album is his self-titled debut.
Upon listening to it, I now must attach a warning to my previous three words. My idea of what exemplifies a good voice probably does not match yours. Josh Groban is a flawless classical tenor. Let me say that again. Classical. This means some tracks are sung in Latin. He would have no idea what to do with a drum machine pop beat. And he sings a duet with Charlotte Church.
To me, this is good music. After six years of classical voice training, I have a certain respect for what this man can do. Perhaps I truly am a music geek, but I get really excited when I hear what an amazing technical singer he is. He has impeccable diction, strong breath support and beautiful dynamics.
But I don't think you have to have extensive musical training to appreciate a mind-blowing voice when you hear one. Let me put it this way. If I got the chance to see him sing, I'd hide behind a brick wall while he sang because I am relatively certain he would just knock me over with the power of his voice.
If you can't find it in you to respect some beautiful, artful music, then do what I occasionally do. Buy a classical CD and strut around feeling all cultured and sophisticated because your musical tastes are so varied and worldly. You just might get tricked into realizing you like this one.