My Magic Ring – Rachel Gould
A delicate ballad with an unusual and fascinating storyline. The lead sheet and a transcription of Rachel's very personal interpretation both available.
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- Recording: Rachel Gould - No More Fire
- Recorded on: March, 2001
- Label: Caligola Records (2062)
- Concert Key: E minor
- Vocal Range: Alto, F-sharp3 to G-sharp4
- Style: Ballad
- Vocal - Rachel Gould
- Trumpet - Marco Tamburini
- Piano - Marcello Tonolo
- Double Bass - Paolo Ghetti
- Drums - Mauro Beggio
Rachel's recording begins rubato with voice and piano. At the bridge, the entire rhythm section enters. After Rachel finishes the verse, there are three half-chorus solos from Marcello Tonolo on piano, Marco Tamburini on trumpet, and Paolo Ghetti on bass. Rachel returns on the bridge of the verse. Mirroring the beginning of the tune, she sings the final A section of the verse rubato with piano. The rhythm section enters at the end with a freely improvised rubato ending with a hint of mystery.
Lyric Description: This fanciful lyric by Rachel is sure to enchant: she tells the story of a fairy gift—a magical ring—that weaves dreams and brings sunshine, chasing away the clouds and the nighttime moon. The lyric perfectly captures the innocence, hope, and wonder of a fascinated child with a wild imagination.
Vocal Transcription: Rachel notates the rhythms on the lead sheet quite simply, using many half notes and quarter notes. The vocal transcription from her original recording shows the complex rhythmic patterns and phrasing she uses, as well as her melodic embellishments. Comparing this to the lead sheet can reveal how this masterful vocalist turns the music on the page into a convincing performance.
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born on June 25, 1953
Rachel Gould, born in Camden, New Jersey, has a deeply personal style and a rich, low voice that are instantly recognizable. A graduate of Boston University for cello and classical voice, Gould began singing professionally in the 1970s in the United States. However, it was not long before she left for Europe, living in Germany and Switzerland before settling in Holland in 1991. Read more...