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Offline John Broecker

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Scat Singing
« on: February 24, 2022, 05:26:50 AM »
Hello, improvisers.

Most of us know what scat singing is,
but a few may not.

Scat singing is the act of improvising
substituted nonsense song lyrics, for
the composer's original song lyrics.

The title was given to the "style" by 
music critics, when performers in the
jazz age (1920s-1960s) forgot the
song lyrics, or wanted something new.

The word, "scat", was a negative reaction
by critics, when they heard nonsense vocals
being sung, rather than the composed lyrics.
Later, the phrase "scat singing" was accepted
as a new musical style.

Lately, I've been practicing scat words when
I sneeze.
Yes, I'm easily amused.

I pick any real word, such as "WAUkesha",
"SUPERman", "BLUESharp", and add scat
syllables: "themenomacooper", or others,
to the real words;  a "suffix from Sussex".
I never know what will be spoken.

I'm a Dingbat, with one brick short of a load.
But, it makes me laugh, and others laugh at me.
They must think I'm stating "sprechtstimme" or
"idee fixe" opinions about world conditions, as:

WAUkesha-biminiblatter, OMro-blinkydoomida.
AH-CHOO-bimmydosipn.

Try it, if you want, but don't credit it to me.
Scatman Crothers, Louis Armstrong, Frank
Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and many others have
been known to scat sing, when they forgot
song lyrics (dooby dooby doo), or for other
reasons.

Best Regards, Stay HEALthy-mimadooza

JB






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Re: Scat Singing
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2022, 11:52:09 AM »
Lambert Hendricks and Ross!

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Re: Scat Singing
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2022, 02:14:02 PM »
I wonder if all skat singers read music ::)

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Re: Scat Singing
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2022, 02:53:21 PM »
Yes, all scat singers read music, but
it's like scat singing to them (gibberish).

JB
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Re: Scat Singing
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2022, 01:44:37 PM »
1. Don’t forget Ella.

2. Some sing scat because there are no words (read swingle singers).

3. Some sing scat to mimic instruments: drums, flutes, trumpets, etc,  (read Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin).

Being a fan of both lyrics and pure, wordless voice, along the way it occurred to me there are times when only words will do, and times when they just cannot.

Some can sing things they could never play, and some play things they could never sing, and the play becomes singing, and it ends up all being about song.

I wish you song.

Best regards,
Ed