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Something Wonderful; Youth is not always wasted on the young.

Allie Sherlock & Cuan Durkin

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  • Mike Anderson October 15, 2020, 11:28 AM

    Sorry, but the 21st century female whiny high notes are my deal-breaker for the vast majority of popular music. Quit encouraging this junk.

  • ghostsniper October 15, 2020, 11:38 AM

    Take it or leave it Mike. Gerard’s posted plenty of toonz on here that I don’t care for and I’ve never told him to not post it. It’s his crib man, he gets to furnish as he sees fit. The worst you’ll ever see me write is, “…they never made a red centavo off’n my ass…”. Yeah, it’s a keybd macro. I just hit kmfa keys all at the same time and, violin!

    Anyway, that young’n needs to learn how to sing from the diaphragm.

  • Alex October 15, 2020, 12:10 PM

    I think the young man has a better, more pleasing, deep masculine voice. She is okay if you like her style.

  • Anon October 15, 2020, 12:15 PM

    Actually she has a good voice but needs a little professional training. She should also sing without the guitar because it interferes with her timing. Her accent or affliction can be corrected but you can’t give someone the raw talent that she has. By the way that song may be one of the most sensuous songs when sung correctly and with emotion. Watch the video from the movie “Ghost”.

  • Roy Lofquist October 15, 2020, 12:27 PM
  • John Venlet October 15, 2020, 12:54 PM

    I liked it.

  • Jack October 15, 2020, 1:00 PM

    Wow Roy!! UM is a tough song and I do believe you found a beautiful set of chops in that little girl. Smooth, fine transition and great control.

  • bruce wayne October 15, 2020, 1:04 PM

    I agree with Mike Anderson. It hurts my ears to listen to her

  • Scott willis October 15, 2020, 1:57 PM

    That appears to be true love!

  • SLM October 15, 2020, 2:27 PM

    Won’t knock the singing. I’m old enough to just enjoy their youth.

  • Gordon Scott October 15, 2020, 2:33 PM

    Didn’t hurt me one bit. She has one of those untrained yet powerful voices that can knock your socks off. I think that location is a pedestrian mall in Limrick, Ireland. I have seen videos like that before, but with different performers.

    Musical talent is in the soil in western Ireland. I have been in ordinary pubs with half a dozen players having a friendly seisiun when a gal gets up and starts singing in a style made famous by Delores O’Riordan with the Cranberries. Stunning emotion, power, and range. And then the song is done and no one can convince her to even raise her head at her table, much less sing another.

  • Stargazer October 15, 2020, 3:24 PM

    What amazes me is how all the people simply walk past them with barely a glance or none at all, as if they are not even there. I think that is indicative of society today. Just go on with your life as if nobody else matters except you. Sad.

  • jwm October 15, 2020, 3:43 PM

    Good point Stargazer. I noticed that, too. And I wonder if I’m ever going to see a bunch of people without the God damned masks. I am so bloody sick of the sight I could…
    not gonna’ finish that sentence.

    JWM

  • Jewel October 15, 2020, 4:20 PM

    https://youtu.be/hx2BbNIL_hk

    Hi, Mike. Maybe this lovely young redhead will change your mind. I am not sure if she’s graced Gerard’s pages, but she’s cute, her voice is sweet and she’s not doing things outside her natural range. If you look at her YouTube page, she sings jazz standards too.
    Plus, she looks like my grand daughter, Ruby with her red locks and smiling Irish doe eyes.

  • ghostsniper October 15, 2020, 5:44 PM

    You’re right Jewel. She’s much easier to listen to than the others, and she looks the part too!

  • Snakepit Kansas October 15, 2020, 6:22 PM

    Forgive me if I am repeating myself but although I was formerly trained in piano, I can only repeat the song and touch from an instructor through repetition. I have minimal natural musical ability. I’ve even hacked away at a guitar to disappointment. Regardless as a young adult, I won a handful of piano contests by playing EXACTLY how my instructor told me. Almost all judges said I had a nice touch. If you are still reading, my voice is apparently not Godly. When I was a teen I was loudly singing in church and suddenly everything got almost totally quiet although everyone was apparently singing, including myself. This was the only time God overtly spoke to me. He said “Snake, I have given you many talents. Singing is not one of them.” Then the normal sounds of the congregation could be heard. I have not sung aloud at church since.

  • Roy Lofquist October 15, 2020, 8:31 PM

    @Jack,
    Her name is Angelina Jordan. She won Norway’s Got Talent at the age of 7. She competed on America’s Got Talent this year at the age of 13. She got shut out at AGT. Rumor has it that she wouldn’t sign with Simon Cowell’s company so they dumped her. Here are her three performances on AGT:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-Q3I7FfvUU
    You decide. She has over 130 songs on Youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2v8kgVeo4EbQD6l_WAVjOfItquzW7oEc
    She is going to be a superstar, thus belying her full name which is Angelina Jordan Astar.

  • Lance de Boyle October 15, 2020, 10:22 PM

    @ Snake….

    You say ‘He said “Snake, I have given you many talents. Singing is not one of them.”’

    Maybe you misheard.

    Maybe He said, “Snake, I have given you many talents. SINGEING is not one of them.”

    In other words, God did not want you to be a barber.

    All this time you could have been cutting hair, making people feel good about themselves.

  • Casey Klahn October 15, 2020, 10:26 PM

    Me: tin ear – full heart. Lovely kids and the feeling comes through.
    I am always dazzled by young people with gifts.

  • Snakepit Kansas October 16, 2020, 4:40 AM

    Lance,
    I feel slightly better now.

  • greg October 16, 2020, 7:02 AM

    They did have guitar face. Which is a indication.

  • Gordon Scott October 16, 2020, 7:51 AM

    Thanks for the links, Roy.

    In her YouTube list, there is this one: https://youtu.be/TeD96o9PBLs

    She appears to be about 9, singing Unchained Melody on a TV show. I take back what I said about untrained. She’s had a lot of training. The video in the post is, I would say, unrehearsed.

  • pbird October 16, 2020, 9:03 AM

    Yeah, she sounds like a kid. Its ok. I still cried a bit. Song still works.

  • Roy Lofquist October 16, 2020, 9:17 AM

    @Gordon Scott,

    Here she is at 9 going on 50.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwFloCPXzCs

  • Andy October 16, 2020, 9:43 AM

    If you watch to the end of the video, there’s a whole crowd of people standing, listening to them, watching them, applauding.

    It’s ok to like something every now now and then, without a “yeah, but…”

  • Jewel October 16, 2020, 10:26 AM

    Watching a 9 year old singing that is somewhat creepy. She should be singing Skip to My Lou. Kinda makes you wonder who thought it was a good idea for a child to sing all these heartbreak songs.

  • Lance de Boyle October 16, 2020, 11:49 AM

    @ Jewel. Skip to my Lou. indeed.

    Back home in the bayou of Ligature Marks, LA, we were so poor that we couldn’t afford a Lou.
    No one could.

    When we skipped, which was rare (Christ! Roots all over! You could break an ankle.), we had to skip around a Lou made of sticks and rags, wearing a sad little gingham bonnet and Granny Suggins’s false teeth.

    It seemed to stare at you with those empty eye sockets as you skipped past.

    Sure, it was a simple-minded entertainment, bordering on psychotic, but we were a simple and a psychotic people.

  • Jewel October 16, 2020, 3:34 PM

    We had no bayous where I grew up, Lance, but we did learn us some singing. Mostly shape note hymns and campfire songs. My father, on Saturdays played piano at various dives and strip joints, and on Sundays, played only a bit less raunchy on the Wurlitzer in our church. I once played in the church, too, but only in D flat. The preacher’s wife could only sing about a half an octave. Their kids sang beautifully, like all preachers kid should. My brothers and sisters and I could sing four parts. In tune. But since becoming Catholic, (insert Church of Christ lamentations here) to my utter horror, I have learned that Catholics don’t know how to sing polyphony, the hymnals and missalettes are disposable, and the music is 50 off shades of gay. Mixing pipe organ and Lord of the Dance is pukeworthy. Truly, we are in the Great Chastisement.

  • BonafideView October 16, 2020, 5:32 PM

    Cuan Durkin’s charm just landed him the role of Prince Charming in a Christmas panto (pantomine) of Cinderella Live online. I do believe he is typecast.

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