What is singing?

  • (adj): Smooth and flowing.
    Synonyms: cantabile
    See also — Additional definitions below

Singing

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. One who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music known as songs that can be sung either with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in a group of other musicians, such as in a choir of singers with different voice ranges, or in an ensemble with instrumentalists, such as a rock group or baroque ensemble. As in many respects human song is a form of sustained speech, nearly anyone able to speak can also sing. Singing can be formal or informal, arranged or improvised. It may be done for pleasure, comfort, ritual, education, or profit. Excellence in singing may require time, dedication, instruction, and regular practice. If pratice is done on a regular basis then the sounds are said to be more clear and strong. Professional singers usually build their careers around one specific musical genre, such as classical or rock. They typically take voice training provided by voice teachers or vocal coaches throughout their careers.

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Singing in Different Natural Environments
... Joseph Jordania has suggested that singing behavior is very unevenly distributed among animal species, living in different environments (on the ground, in the water, in trees) ... Most of the singing species live on the trees (like many bird species, or gibbons), some live in the water (whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions), and there are no animal species who live on the ground ... This uneven distribution of singing can be crucial for our understanding of the origins of the singing behavior in animals and humans ...
Justin Lee Collins - Career - Singing
... After failing to be chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, on 22 January 2010 Collins announced on RTÉ's The Late Late Show his intention to seek the nomination to represent Ireland ... His proposed song was written by Boyzone star Ronan Keating ...
Edith Bowman - Singing
... On 11 March 2005 she won the TV talent show Comic Relief does Fame Academy, a charity music contest in which she sang Champagne Supernova with Jools Holland's band ... Earlier in the competition she sang a version of Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone" ...
Promises, Promises (musical) - Characters
... Chuck Baxter - An office worker (a warm, friendly comic actor with strong singing voice) ... cute rather than glamorous, powerful broad range singing voice, good diction.)Soprano/ Belter J.D ... number with Chuck.)Tenor Marge MacDougall - A bar acquaintance (good character woman, minor singing.)Mezzo Soprano Dobitch, Kirkeby, Eichelberger, and Vanderhof, light ...
Helen Forrest - 1930s: Early Career
... Helen returned to Atlantic City and began singing with her brother Ed's band ... sounded "too Jewish." In 1934, 17-year old Helen began singing for WNEW in New York ... “The Blue Lady of Song.” Eventually she found a singing job at the Madrillon Club, in Washington, D.C ...

More definitions of "singing":

  • (noun): Disclosing information or giving evidence about another.
    Synonyms: tattle, telling
  • (noun): The act of singing vocal music.
    Synonyms: vocalizing

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    The night in prison was novel and interesting enough.... I found that even here there was a history and a gossip which never circulated beyond the walls of the jail. Probably this is the only house in the town where verses are composed, which are afterward printed in a circular form, but not published. I was shown quite a long list of verses which were composed by some young men who had been detected in an attempt to escape, who avenged themselves by singing them.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    And upside down in air were towers
    Tolling reminiscent bells, that kept the hours
    And voices singing out of empty cisterns and exhausted wells
    —T.S. (Thomas Stearns)

    A woman is a branchy tree
    And man a singing wind;
    And from her branches carelessly
    He takes what he can find.
    James Kenneth Stephens (1882–1950)