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  1. Melanthios

    vocal range?

    I'm... I'm not sure what I am. Like all children I started out as a soprano/treble, and my voice did drop as a child. I can sing easily with Rufus Wainwright and Colin Meloy, though I can't get my head voice low enough to sing with P!NK or my own spouse (both of whom are alto/contralto), nor high enough to follow Kate Rusby or Kristin Chenoweth (or Chris Colfer). The trouble, I think, is two-fold: 1) I haven't had formal training nor practise with a tuned piano since my voice matured (well, as much as it can mature when one is 22); 2) I'm a transboy, which means I have been so cripplingly shy about my 'girly' voice that I've tried pitching it lower or harsher, and have not sung properly out of fear that someone will hear me and therefore find out that I am 'not a real boy'. This fear has gone down a little bit with the discovery of the castrati and especially the stardom of Chris Colfer, the countertenor, but it still plagues my singing since I think I'm stuck in that infuriating 'not high enough to claim castrato/countertenor but not low enough to sound androgynous' range.
  2. I take it you are against Roald Dahl as well as all other folklore and mythology, considering those are all pretty full of gore. Anyway, I definitely must disagree with you on excluding Grimm. I'm intrigued by your young child choices, though, considering I've not heard of any of them, save for Wind in the Willows, which I don't recall actually reading; and Little Prince, which is not something I'd read to a child--it's too depressing, even if you do understand the symbolism. I read Madeline L'Engle as an older teen and found it far too Christian for my liking. Incidentally, I feel the same about Narnia--the films are fine, but the books... they're full of racism and so forth, and even though I didn't catch it when I read them, sheltered eight-year-old I was, I wouldn't want my child reading them until he understood the flaws and how wrong they are. I was never fond of Beatrix Potter. It seemed too... well, angry, for me. I read more than Peter Rabbit, but none of them really impressed me enough to remember. I do like Winnie the Pooh--I have the Tao of Pooh at home, which is one of the books I reread constantly--but being that I like Disney, and got into the books because of growing up on the show and films, I must respectfully disagree. Disney may have broken my trust with Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland (though they made up for AiW with this year's film), but I do not think they 'perverted' Winnie the Pooh at all. I find it interesting that you exclude Grimm for gore and violence, but laud Russian fairy tales, which are pretty dark in and of themselves. I included Grimm as a primer, but all fairy tales are pretty much on my list, though I'm the kind of parent that would read everything before reading it to my very young child, just to be sure it wasn't too negative or depressing.
  3. Yes but what else is in your list. Come on, don't be shy! They weren't around when I was six or seven, unfortunately. I was eleven when I discovered them.
  4. My spouse and I have been thinking about having kids, and what books we want to have for that. It got me thinking--everyone has stories that speak to them, that they keep battered copies of even though they're just old fairy tales or picture books. Here's a list of mine, what are your top 10? 1. A Little Princess 2. Peter Pan 3. Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass 4. The Secret Garden 5. The Phantom Tollbooth 6. James and the Giant Peach 7. Matilda 8. Animorphs (this will be hard, as they're out of print) 9. Grimm's Fairy Tales (including Twelve Dancing Princesses) 10. Dr Seuss (The Lorax, Oh The Places You'll Go, Sleep Book etc)