More About Alfie
The story of a life can be a grand adventure in itself. Today, we discuss the autobiography of the Nation’s Favorite Tenor.
What is an autobiography?
Autobiographies are pretty common nowadays. They are accountings of a person’s life as told by the person itself. It offers a pretty frank and brutally honest take on their point of view. That frankness is something that will either be thought of as refreshing or appalling.
Autobiographies are sort of an acquired taste and tend to cause a bit of controversy whenever one is released by a generally admired person. We believe that autobiographies—and those that write them—are pretty brave. So imagine our delight when Alfie Boe published his autobiography in July 2012.
Alfie: My Life, My Music, My Story
We picked up a lot of details that we were quite surprised with. Alfie has generally been pretty mum about the intimate details of his life. After all, one does need one’s privacy. It was fairly jarring to read about how he interacted with people in his sphere.
While fans had the general idea that Alfie came from a large family, the startling number of 9 kids was a surprising delight.
We particularly loved how he wrote about how he got a start into the world of singing. It seemed that young Alfie had already wanted to sing but didn’t really know how to go about it. This does not stop him from humming tunes or singing out loud while he was being trained as a car mechanic. Imagine that—Aflie Boe, car mechanic!
He believed that was his lot in life until a kind customer had called his attention and told him about an audition that he could be part of in London. We cannot thank this customer enough. We certainly cannot imagine the world without Alfie the amazing operatic tenor. Alfie’s tale also touched upon something that we think is critical: the rigid systems that try to keep things as is with no room for the new. It seemed that as Alfie was getting more and more attention for his style and antics, there were more established members of the opera scene that were quite determined to snip that in the bud. It was great that they did not succeed.
There were a lot of significant parts that really reverberated with fans (not just us). The death of Alfie’s father was a particularly poignant segment. A common concern for a lot of readers was the fact that the writing wasn’t all that great. Personally, we find the lackadaisical writing part of its charm. Alfie never claimed to be a great writer. He wrote the accounts of his life based on memory. Also, he wrote things down in the same way that he speaks. So instead of being the flowing prose that others expected, it was more like having a sit down with a funny friend catching up over coffee.
We definitely recommend that you get your own copy of the autobiography. It is a true way to get to know the man behind the voice and the “bad boy” career.
Alfie Boe has had an impressive career! Today, we will look back upon one of its highlights: his 2013 album entitled Trust.
His album with the title Trust had graced the world in the 11th of November in the year 2013. At that point in time, it was generally considered to be a great achievement and credit in his entire career. “Trust” was a great way to announce to the world that he was taking a different direction from his already established sound.
New Sound Direction
Many of us have come to associate Boe with classic and operatic melodies. After all, he played one of the leads in 25th anniversary of the famous musical, Les Miserables. A common issue with a lot of artists back then was keeping “too safe” to their already established genre. Alfie was no such artist.
Trust is the third album in Boe’s long career. He brought on Larry Klein as the producer of his album. Taking a distinct break from him traditional opera crooning, Boe tries his hand on a more soulful approach with twinges of country, blues, and gospel to his songs.
This meant that there were new additions to his songs like the melodic and melancholic twang of guitars. This is pretty much attributed to the fact that during Boe’s 2nd Tour in the US he worked with a rather lively bunch of musicians who had their roots firmly with Rock and Blues. Whatever it is, we’re glad that their styles inspired Boe enough to think on the foundations of Trust.
While the tracks are in a different style, the beloved tenor voice is still there to power his listeners through and broaden their thoughts on music and genres. It was a great treat for anyone who wasn’t quite sure how an already established voice could do in a new genre.
There were around 12 tracks in Trust and we could not decide which one we loved best. The good news is we don’t really have to choose. We can just keep listening to it and go with our favorite of the hour—or day—who’s counting?
We don’t know about you guys, but when we heard the acoustic guitars, we definitely wanted to learn how to play that very instrument. It is true that those you admire most end up inspiring you greatly. A couple of us did actually end up learning to play guitar. Tip: Partner yourself off with guitars for people that are just starting out with the craft.
Singing is something that a lot of us like to do. However, it is something that only some can do well. Join us today as we discuss the different male vocal ranges!
What is “vocal range”?
In music, notes are crucial. They’re what composers, artists, and anyone musically inclined rely on to produce cohesive compositions as instruments need to be tuned appropriately to hit certain notes. Instruments aren’t the only ones that rely on notes. Singers do too. However, every person’s capability is different.
Range refers to the sound or pitch that your voice can produce. Males and females have different ranges as our voices tend to be vastly different—especially after puberty. What we’ll be focusing on in today’s discussion are the male vocal ranges.
If you’re wondering why we’re discussing that, the answer is simple. You can gleam a better appreciation for Mr. Boe’s talents if you have a better understanding of what he can do! So let’s begin with countertenor!
This particular vocal range is considered a gem in classical music and performances. As you may know, the male voice tends to dip low after they hit puberty. However, the countertenor doesn’t do that. This particular vocal range is said to be the highest in terms of male range. It is usually akin to the lowest one that females get to use.
From a male’s standpoint, that’s pretty high. Those that fall under this vocal range are able to high notes. If they record their voice, they’re often mistaken for females!
The range that is the home of Mr. Alfie Boe’s voice! Other than the countertenor, this particular range is considered to be rather high. In fact, it is one of the highest in the scale. While not as high as the countertenor, it is slightly below it in terms of measurement.
The tenor can have some pretty similar characteristics to countertenor yet has its own form of magic. If you need some well-known examples, the likes of Elton John would be in the Tenor range.
If there was something to be considered as the normal range of voice for males, it would have to be baritone. While not exactly “normal” it is certainly the most common range for most male singers.
Not to be dismissed though! Baritone carries deep and crisp notes that can really sweep you off your feet.
If you’ve ever heard anyone speak or sing in a really, really, really low voice the vocal range they have is Bass! High five if you’ve ever sassed out to Barry White! What’s interesting about bass singers is that they’re not all that common yet add so much to a singing group. Most choirs often pamper their bass singer as they’re so rare! Bass carries a lot of power to their voice and it carries pretty far.
So there you have it!
Those are the four male vocal ranges (that we know of because you never know when they’ll discover more). Now you can try to listen to your favorite male artists and try to determine which range they belong to!