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Perfect pitch

Last night, this MetaFilter posting sent me down a rabbit hole: What makes this song great? with links to videos by Rick Beato. I listened to 2. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does is Magic and then found my way over to videos about perfect pitch:

Perfect Pitch: How Theory and Ear Training Work Together, in which Rick Beato explained how the taught his eight-year-old son Dylan, who has perfect pitch, music theory. Dylan has perfect pitch and can sing pitch perfect as well. (I won’t even mention his skills on the piano, which you can see in other videos.)

Rick Beato also has videos on what perfect pitch is and why you cannot develop it as an adult: Why Adults Can’t Develop Perfect Pitch and Perfect Pitch vs Relative Pitch: Which Is More Important?

It turns out you can lose your perfect pitch, though, as happened to vibraphonist Gary Burton after being “without a heartbeat for half an hour” and having been reanimated: Retiring The Mallets (NPR).

For good measure, here’s another little kid with perfect pitch, who probably doesn’t know the names of the notes yet, but can tell if someone is singing a song too high or too low: Claire and the Crosbys: Perfect Pitch Test! (5-year-old Claire vs Dad). Of course, you probably all know her from singing You’ve got a friend in me and from being on the Ellen Show multiple times.

“I realise now that life isn’t about money, fame. Actually, all that crap. It’s simply love that’s important.”

The Telegraph: Dolores O’Riordan, singer with The Cranberries, has died aged 46.

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert: The Cranberries. “After a long hiatus, the best-selling Irish pop-rock band is about to return with a new album called Roses. But if this performance at the NPR Music offices is any indication, the group isn’t afraid to dip into its arsenal of early hits.” (March 2, 2012)

Belfast Telegraph: Dolores O’Riordan: The demons that linger in her life. “Barry Egan tells the turbulent and tragic story of rock star Dolores O’Riordan. It involves four years of rape as a child, suicidal thoughts, depression and her arrest for an alleged assault on a plane.” (November 22, 2014)

Links via MetaFilter.

Deutsche Welle: Cranberries-Sängerin Dolores O’Riordan ist tot. “Die Frontfrau der irischen Rockband The Cranberries ist überraschend im Alter von 46 Jahren gestorben. Sie hielt sich für Studioaufnahmen in London auf. Ihre charismatische Stimme ließ niemanden kalt.”