Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 10 Of The Voice: The Blind Auditions Week One

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Please forgive me. I totally forgot that The Voice Season 10 Premiere was starting this evening.  Thank you to one of my readers, Vonnie, for unfreezing my brain.  

It has already aired on the East Coast but I am right on time for the West Coast Feed which begins at 8:00 PM West Coast time on Monday, February 29th on NBC.  Then there will be more of the same tomorrow!   Same time, same station, same format. 

So, discuss away The Voice fans. This topic is fresh out of the oven and ready to be devoured by your comments. Enjoy the show!

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

22 Responses to “Vocal Masterclass Discussion For Season 10 Of The Voice: The Blind Auditions Week One”

  1. It was great tonight! Adam picked up a really neat guy; he sang an Elvis song! Can not wait to see what else he can do! I heard a little bit of Dwight Yoakam in him…I love Dwight! 💕

    Blake picked up a really neat girl, she sang where the boys are! I really liked her too!

    I love the judges on the Voice; so much fun!


  2. My goodness Vonnie. That was a highly coincidental comment. On the way home last night I heard Where The Boys Are on the radio and wondered when/if AI or the Voice would have someone sing the song in the future. I liked her last night.

    I also love Dwight Yoakum, in particular his variations on yodeling. I have always thought “I Sang Dixie” would be a one-of-a-kind song for any AI/Voice performance except none of the contestants has the training to do that little catchy, yodelly thing Mr. Yoakum does at the end of the song. I also would have loved to have heard “This Much I Know”, my other favorite Yoakum song, with Alison Irehita singing backup in a dim spotlight behind the contestant. One can only dream.

    If you like rock-a-billy, youtube has a special with Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and one of the Cash’s celebrating and singing the songs of and along with Carl Perkins. Might be one of the great shows of all time, along with the Roy Orbison Black and White special.


  3. My favorite so far is Alisan, a.k.a., Curly Sue. Her experience and talent blows everyone who came before her away.

    BTW, according to MJ’s Blog, she’s friends with Adam Lambert.


  4. Don B…I love Dwight, he is one of my favorite artists of all time! I love his cover of Suspicious Minds and Crazy Little Thing Called Love! My favorite Dwight songs are “Nothing” and “Ain’t that Lonely Yet”…and everything else that he sings! LOL

    I love Rock-A-Billy and Doo-Wop, anything from the fifties and early sixties too! I also felt he could have jumped right in to a Buddy Holly song and done it much justice! The young lady who sang where the boys are, said she likes old country, Blake is going to have a top three contestant. I am very excited about this season; how exciting to see these styles of music on the Voice stage!!!

    Idol Girl…I just wish she would not have picked Christina as her coach. Christina will put her up against a powerhouse/runs/voice and then she will be up for grabs, which may not be a bad thing! 🙂


  5. Great start to the season! These singers crushed the AI singers! It was also nice to see them promoting Jordan and his album. About time they did this for their winners.


  6. Mary Sarah that did “Where the Boys Are” is one to keep an eye on. Some how this girl was able to pull together quite a few A list country stars to make an album with her, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill,Merle Haggard, the late great Ray Price, Willie Nelson and The Oak Ridge Boys. That’s quite a feat for a young unknown singer to pull off. I was very impressed with her confidence in choosing a classic beach movie pop song like this one and doing such a solid delivery of it. I loved it.

    The last girl choose one of my favorite songs, both Roy’s original and IMO, the better Linda Ronstadt cover. Curly Sue did a pretty good job but I thought she sort off over cooked it showing off a little. The song doesn’t need all of that. Hopefully that isn’t a habit and having X for a coach is likely to make it worse.

    The Elvis Guy was cool as well. I agree, some Buddy Holly from him would be pretty cool. Maybe Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

    I like Dwight too. His acting is interesting as well. By the time Karl put that Kaiser blade in his skull (some people call it a sling blade, I call it a Kaiser blade) Dwight had you believing he needed it.

    I’ve seen the video you mentioned Don. That was Rosanne Cash. She has an interesting album called “The List” which are songs that her dad (Johnny) gave her listed on a scrap of paper and told her that she needed to study them if she was serious about becoming an artist. BTW, you must have slipped into the Twilight Zone if “Where The Boys Are” was playing on the radio. Just sayin.


  7. Hey Gene…you got any French fried taters!!! Ummm hummm! 😃

    Dwight is a great actor too! Mean ole Doyle!

    Did you guys watch tonight! Lol, the last girl??? Bizarre, doesn’t even begin to cover that one! I watched a little clip of that today on the voice page; one of the posters commented on it and said, “she scaled Adam like a short tree”! I beat the distance in the Guinness world record for shooting coffee out of my nose! LOL

    Blake picked up two good singers tonight! Some great talent this time!


  8. Ummmm hu, I like the way you talk.”Could you make me some biscuits with mustard on um?

    The oversexed girl wasn’t a great singer but she knew what to do to get in the show. “Scaled him like a small tree.” That’s pretty funny!

    I know why the girl sang “Where the Boys Are” now. She had done it with Neil Sedaka, who wrote music for the song, on the duet album that I mentioned above. I guess Connie Francis wasn’t available.


  9. With that last girl last night, my expression matched that of Pharrell.


  10. Gene,

    My area of the country has a radio station that plays songs from the 1930s through 1970-80ish. One is as likely to hear Connie Francis as Patti Page or Ella Fitzgerald or the Beatles. WTBA was purely coincidental. (As it turns out I had listened to Joe Cocker’s version of “The Letter” about ten minutes before the guy sang it last night. I was concentrating on the piano riffs and how it takes a certain singer with an innate internal rhythm to pull it off.) The station also plays a piano version of the Star-Spangled Banner (by a Canadian pianist!) every noon-time and lately has been taking to playing God Bless America by Kate Smith at 9:00 AM. Sinatra and Big Band on Saturday afternoons and Country on Sunday morning. It is a great, unintended history lesson, almost like listening to the musical essence/style of each generation as it passes. I am older so it also generates some terrific memories. And self-funded, so no commercials!

    My guess is some of the judges start picking cannon fodder after the first few picks because they know they are going to have to shed some contestants. That seemed to be more the role the last girl would fill for Christina last night.


  11. LOL…Pharrell’s expressions were hysterical. I didn’t care for her voice very much, I think Blake not turning for her said a lot. I would have loved to have seen the backstage catfight over her choosing Christina instead of Adam, as she was so encouraged by her partner!

    Gene, have you seen the video running around with the guy who orders from starbucks (I think); anyhoo, he is ordering French fried taters! It is pretty funny!


  12. Gene,

    Forgot. In light of the album you noted above, the station played the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Alice is in Wonderland” on the way in this morning.


  13. Don,
    That sounds like a great radio station you have there. I seldom listen to the radio anymore. For some reason the music they play from any genre aren’t the songs that I would chose to listen too. I envy your radio station.

    Odd you would mention the Letter. i didn’t get to see the early part of the show due to severe weather coverage but I have been to two concerts lately with a “Letter” connection. You mentioned the piano riff in the song. That was Leon Russell who served as the music director for Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen concert. I had the tremendous opportunity to see Leon in a small venue her in town and I was in hog heaven. He did the Letter during that show as well as “Superstar” which another of these contestants (can’t remember who) has sung in the last year.

    Also, I’m a big fan of the Tedeshi Trucks band and have seen them live three times now. Over the last year they did a tribute to the Mad Dogs concert and album by inviting every one of the original band members and back up singers who are still living and able to join their band in recreating the entire concert. They had Leon Russel, Chris Stanton, Rita Coolidge and maybe a dozen more that were able to participate. I didn’t see that concert live but it’s on You tube. But they did incorporate several of the songs from Mad Dogs into their last tour. The Letter was one of them.

    I have not seen the “Carl goes to Starbucks video” and their is no danger of me seeing him their either. I do not darken their doorway.


  14. Gene, it’s not an official Starbucks video, it’s a guy with his wife, she is videoing him at a drive through ordering French fried taters, it is pretty funny!


  15. Yeah, that’s what I thought you meant. I just thought I would take a cheap shot at Starbucks while I was at it.


  16. I hate it when they have some of the auditions montaged. Maybe they’ll be shown during the best of the auditions episode.


  17. Vonnie said: I love Rock-A-Billy and Doo-Wop, anything from the fifties and early sixties too!


    I’m more into mid to late 60’s. British Invasion, Motown, folk rock (The Byrds, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, etc.)


  18. Rocker Chick…I love music! There are so many genre’s that I enjoy…I can say pretty much everything except for Rap; can’t seem to wrap my brain around that one!

    LOL, I love the second British Invasion in the 80’s!!!

    Gene…For Shame on you!!! LOL


  19. I like a wide variety except rap and hard rock


  20. Idol Girl…yes! My son was listening to that “possessed” sounding music, I’m not sure how they get their voices to sound like that, makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck…I don’t like that! 😳 I must be old…because I have heard myself call it devil music, just what my parents used to call my music! 😃 except I think this really is!!!


  21. Gene,

    I think you can get the radio station on line. I would google “radio station WJIB Cambridge MA” and I think there is a way to listen via the internet.


  22. Thanks for the information Don. It appears that WJIB doesn’t have a live stream. They come up on search results but when I click on the results, there is no stream available. Sounds like a good station for those who can get it though. Thanks again.


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