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    I was recently reminiscing abut a local cable television show that I did in Hartford, CT, about 25 years ago. At one point, the co-hostess of the show said that I sounded like a cross between James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Donald Fagan. (My brain hurts just thinking about that conglomeration.) Several years later, somebody told me that I sounded like Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day; (that was a REAL stretch!)

    Anyhow - who have people told you that YOU sound like?

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    When I (reluctantly, because I preferred to play guitar or drums) sang in punk bands my friends said I sounded like a female Oscar the Grouch....
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    My dog tells me I sound a lot like his cousin, especially when I howl.
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    No-one has ever told me I sound like anyone. I've always assumed this is because they have never heard anything quite like it.

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    I was playing with my Gypsy jazz group at a holiday craft fair, and a guy came up and told me I sounded like Jethro Burns. I was pretty pleased, to say the least.
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    About 40 years ago, after my former bandmates heard a song I had written, one said I should call Kris Kristofferson to ask if someone had stolen a page out of his songbook. This was not a compliment and I was embarrassed.

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    If you like Pete Stampfel you'll love me.

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    I was told tony iommi. Weird because I always thought I had more of a Clapton vibe...
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    Grumpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    I was recently reminiscing abut a local cable television show that I did in Hartford, CT, about 25 years ago. At one point, the co-hostess of the show said that I sounded like a cross between James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Donald Fagan. (My brain hurts just thinking about that conglomeration.) Several years later, somebody told me that I sounded like Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day; (that was a REAL stretch!)

    Anyhow - who have people told you that YOU sound like?
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    I don't sing. I just don't. But I remember my mother trying to coax me: "If that Bob Dylan is making a living, you could be a millionaire."
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    Quote Originally Posted by HonketyHank View Post
    I don't sing. I just don't. But I remember my mother trying to coax me: "If that Bob Dylan is making a living, you could be a millionaire."

    Wow, ain't that the truth! Playing in bands for many years I never sang a single note because I was just not a good singer; (and more than a few people told me so, in no uncertain terms), Then one day I started really listening to some people who had hit records and/or were really big stars, and realized that (in my opinion) they were terrible stingers too . . . so, I gave it a try.

    All these years later I am still not a very good singer - but at least I have lots of company in that department.

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    When my mom had her cochlear implants put in, and after she'd had time to adjust, and I got a chance to sing for her and her actually be able to hear me for the first time, she told me I sounded like Carole King. It was touching and made me tear up a little, King was one of her favorites when she was a teenager and still had a little bit of her natural hearing left. Beyond that I've never been told that I sound like anyone in particular, just that my voice and demeanor well-suited for folk music (I get a lot of compliments for my Stan Rogers covers and Irish fighting tunes lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    Wow, ain't that the truth! Playing in bands for many years I never sang a single note because I was just not a good singer; (and more than a few people told me so, in no uncertain terms), Then one day I started really listening to some people who had hit records and/or were really big stars, and realized that (in my opinion) they were terrible stingers too . . . so, I gave it a try.

    All these years later I am still not a very good singer - but at least I have lots of company in that department.
    Same here. (See #7.)

    I throw myself into it. The wannahears and don't-wannahears sort themselves out promptly

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    I started singing along once and the guitar player says to me " wow,is there a melody that goes with that?"..

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    Going back a ways...

    A guy in a jam once thought I was channeling his deceased friend and, not only that, but from a few thousand miles away, because I was playing a particular tune in what he said was exactly the same way that his friend had played it. (Instrumental dance music, no singing.)

    I sort of hated to disappoint the guy by revealing my boring technical explanation rather than a good ghost story, but I told him the truth, which was that I'd diligently learned that tune note-for-note via serious half-speed analysis of a 7-inch-reel tape recording I had of his friend's playing (small world, eh) which included that very same tune. I had spent hours and weeks on a couple of those tunes that I really liked, working out all the subtle expressions and every detail that I could figure out (some I never did figure out though), and trying to get my hands to make those same sounds on the fretboard.

    Nowadays when learning tunes I sort of do my own thing, rather than copying every detail of someone else's playing that I admire. But it's a good way to learn stuff, and I still sometimes do half-speed analysis, although now I tend to settle on arrangements that usually turn out quite a bit different than the original.

    So I probably won't be mistaken for a ghost again anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL277z View Post
    ... the truth, that I'd diligently learned that tune note-for-note via ... recording I had of his friend's playing ...
    Sound like appreciated compliments all around!
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    A recording engineer once said I sounded like Arlo Guthrie. I had a bit of a cold at the time.
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    I get David Grohl from Foo Fighters / Nirvana often - though I just cut my hair, so maybe not anymore.
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    I have sort of a Norman Blake, anachronistic vibe going on. Except I'm hella slow. So, imagine Norman Blake on horse tranquilizers. Maybe something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.D.Nydn View Post
    I started singing along once and the guitar player says to me " wow,is there a melody that goes with that?"..
    I wasn't there, but I heard that Frank Wakefield paid a couple of very backhanded compliments to a much loved mandolin player from around these parts, telling him: "I like what you're trying to do there," and "If I could play that many notes, I'd play half of them!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dodson View Post
    "If I could play that many notes, I'd play half of them!"
    THAT'S a great line . . . and so true too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Dodson View Post
    I have sort of a Norman Blake, anachronistic vibe going on. Except I'm hella slow. So, imagine Norman Blake on horse tranquilizers. Maybe something like that.
    Thatís hilarious! I was at a late night gathering about ten years ago and someone said my guitar playing was like Norman Blake on acid! I wasnít sure what to think, but I took it as a compliment! It kinda linked my love of the Grateful Dead and my love of old time music. I just do what I do.

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    Bob Saget. Actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSausage View Post
    No-one has ever told me I sound like anyone. I've always assumed this is because they have never heard anything quite like it.
    That's pretty much how it is for me. About the only thing people say about my singing is to please stop.

    If I'm being coy, I might say, as Leo Kottke described his voice in the liner notes for the album on which he first sang, my voice is like "geese frats on a muggy day." I've stopped saying this, as the reference is too obscure to be remembered and a bit too self-effacing. Also, he is a much better singer than that, despite what must have been his sincere appraisal, and also than me.
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