“The human voice is the organ of the soul.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The voice is the oldest musical instrument – it is the only instrument that we are born knowing how to play. This is not to say that everyone is good at playing this inherently human instrument; the mastery of the voice is a technical feat, one that stems from years of practice, training, and learning.
PARMA has a vast catalog of music in all sorts of instrumentation, but to me, there is a basic human connection to works that feature virtuoso vocal performances. I’ve compiled a playlist of a selection of some highlight vocal performances from the PARMA catalog. I’ve also taken the liberty to include some of my favorite modern pop songs which feature a strong vocal performance. The versatility and range of the human voice is the thing that sets it apart from other instruments. Each voice is as unique as a fingerprint, and we should celebrate each voice for its distinctive qualities.