There are times when a vocalist tries too hard.
She stretches the word “tree” for 14 minutes.
He breaks a sentence into a million and one runs.
A choir drags a chorus until the words are unintelligible.
Whenever I encounter these moments,
Be it in the middle of an A and B selection or a jazz concert,
I think of one thing:
Bleeding Gums Murphy
This is one of the highlights from my childhood, watching Bleeding Gums’ uncontested rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”: