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Diva is the female version of a hustla:

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  1. Posted January 31, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    “Diva is the female version of a hustla” WRONG!

    Di-va: (dee-vah) n. 1. a principal female singer in an opera or concert organization 2. a usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality, especially : a popular female singer

    Guess what it DOESN’T say!

    …Great post, though, aside from that.

  2. Posted February 1, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    When you set unnatural expectations of what a human body can do, you create unhealthy perfectionism in those watching the performance – be that a malnourished model on a catwalk, a drug-enhanced cyclist at the Tour de France, or Beyoncé Knowles lip syncing at the inauguration.

    That’s why I love this rendition SO much more than what we heard at the inauguration. I can hear very small vocal imperfections in the latter half of the piece that are always present in live performance (even by the best singers) and not present in studio recordings.

    Here’s what I noticed:

    1) She goes very slightly and momentarily flat on the “still” in “still there.”
    2) Her melisma (also known as a “run”) on “wave” is a little blurry at the end.
    3) Her voice broke on “free” because she didn’t come at it in a good mix, so she covered it by jumping up an octave and into her full head voice.

    Far from being problematic, these vocal imperfections and variations provide a case-in-point argument that a performance doesn’t need to be studio perfect to be utterly astounding.

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