One of the iconic songs of the 1980’s was Broken Wings by Mr. Mister. I love this song and thought I would have a go at recording it at Smule.com; the karaoke site that I use to sing songs for my own vocal therapy. This helps me to stave off some of the impact that Parkinson’s Disease has upon my voice and speech.
The song is a joy to sing and I recorded both the solo and the duet version. With the duet version, other Smule members can come and join my recording and complete the piece.
From a Parkinson’s perspective, I found the song comfortable to sing, for the range is not too great. I did not have to push myself to my limits. There are some long notes and, purely for vocal therapy reasons, I extended a few of these to be a little longer than the music is written. This helped me to gain vocal strength and to improve vocal stamina.
Building vocal stamina and strength are helpful, for they are also a means of building my strength to resist choking episodes that Parkinson’s often causes me. In fact, I have been referred back to a speech therapist for this reason and so I will soon get to explore that within speech therapy sessions. I will, of course, write about that in this blog.
Please select the following link to be connected to the solo music video for my rendition of Broken Wings:
Please select the following link to be connected to the duet music video for my rendition of Broken Wings: