The Taser's Edge


Oh please won’t you be my throat-singing cowboy?

This morning, I woke up in Chicago at Zack (my brother) and Tara’s (my sister-in-law) apartment.  Our early morning conversation quickly turned to Tuvan throat-singing, of course.  Check out an authoritative definition here.  Basically, you sing in such a way that the resonance of you adds extra harmonic frequencies to the mix.  That is, if you know what you’re doing, you can sing chords:

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And then Zack told me about this Western singer from the 1920s, named Arthur Miles, who independently developed his own version of throat-singing as an alternative to traditional yodeling.  Check out this track, “Lonely Cowboy (Part 1)”.  It gets crazy, once he gets to the chorus.  Or this guy on YouTube, who covers “Lonely Cowboy (Part 2)” (and I really don’t understand why people disable embedding).


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