Tonally Challenged

We have sympathy for those who are severely hearing impaired, who cannot hear the music. But spare a thought also for those who do not have perfect pitch, relative or absolute; who are not tone deaf perhaps but with pitch so poor they cannot hold a tune. People who cannot sing, or rather who cannot make noises that other people recognize as singing. Life for them can be a nightmare. It is a life of humiliation in a society that has no tolerance or understanding; constantly surrounded by those who can, and trapped in situations where it is assumed everyone can and should sing.
Refusal is often not an option. People who won’t join in are considered antisocial, unfriendly. Their protestations that they can’t sing are dismissed as a mere excuse. They dream up other excuses, a sore throat or a cold may work once or twice but it can be hard to sustain this over months or years. These poor souls attempt avoidance and deception; learn to mime without allowing the slightest sound to escape their lips, check the house is empty before taking a shower. But sooner or later someone will organize a karaoke night and hand them the mike and they are exposed in front of an audience who considers it fun to mock the tonally afflicted.
It starts at an early age. At first they sing along with people and music at home, thinking they are like everyone else. Nobody tells them otherwise until they go to school where the other kids and even the teachers aren’t as polite. They are the silent tree in the Christmas concert, or the back of the donkey. The school choir is open to everyone: they are sent to the library or told to go home early. They persevere, they take lessons. Their more musical parent takes their violin away and locks it in a cupboard. Their singing teacher recommends they take up drums instead.
Their dreams crash and burn as the awesome depths of their problem confronts them. They will never be a famous rock star or a jazz guitarist. They probably won’t even make it as a movie star because even actors have to sing occasionally. No major music recording studio is ever going to sign them. They will never win a Grammy or an ARIA. They will never be a contestant on a national talent show. They become totally demoralized when told by their language teacher that anyone who can play an instrument can learn a new language. Check this site is fully equipped in music recording that can meet your expectations.
Eventually, bereft of hope they settle for a less exciting future as a surgeon or lawyer or corporate executive; find a partner who doesn’t like karaoke and have a couple of kids. Then the nightmare starts again; the terrible possibility that one or both of their offspring may have inherited their musical deficiency. Unwilling to risk exacerbating the situation, they read bedtime stories instead of singing lullabies, playing music recordings of nursery rhymes to nurture emerging talents. All the while hoping that if their worst fears are realized; by the time their children are old enough to discover that they can’t sing they will be able to download an app for it.

Terry J. / July 14, 2015 / Entertainment