act of producing musical sounds with the voice
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Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist.

God sent his Singers upon earth
With songs of sadness and of mirth,
That they might touch the hearts of men,
And bring them back to heaven again. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Sing again, with your dear voice revealing
A tone
Of some world far from ours,
Where music and moonlight and feeling
Are one. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
Arvid Liljelund: Man Singing Hymn (1884)
  • [W]ant to bring it? Bring it. But, we ain't singing. We're bringing drama.
  • The tenor's voice is spoilt by affectation,
    And for the bass, the beast can only bellow;
    In fact, he had no singing education,
    An ignorant, noteless, timeless, tuneless fellow.
  • Come, sing now, sing; for I know you sing well;
    I see you have a singing face.
    • John Fletcher, The Wild Goose Chase (c. 1621; published 1652), Act II. 2.
  • Three merry boys, and three merry boys,
    And three merry boys are we,
    As ever did sing in a hempen string
    Under the gallow-tree.
    • John Fletcher, Rollo Duke of Normandy, or The Bloody Brother, (c. 1617; revised c. 1627–30; 1639), Act III, scene 2. Song
  • I suffer so much in this life, Doro. That is what they feeling when I sing, that is why they cry. People who felt nothing in this life cannot sing. Once I had a great suffering and from it came a new voice.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 712-13.
  • Ce qui ne vaut pas la peine d'être dit, on le chante.
  • At every close she made, th' attending throng
    Replied, and bore the burden of the song:
    So just, so small, yet in so sweet a note,
    It seemed the music melted in the throat.
  • Y'ought to hyeah dat gal a-warblin'
    Robins, la'ks an' all dem things
    Heish de mouffs an' hides dey faces
    When Malindy sings.
  • Olympian bards who sung
    Divine ideas below,
    Which always find us young
    And always keep us so.
  • I see you have a singing face — a heavy, dull, sonata face.
  • When I but hear her sing, I fare
    Like one that raised, holds his ear
    To some bright star in the supremest Round;
    Through which, besides the light that's seen
    There may be heard, from Heaven within,
    The rests of Anthems, that the Angels sound.
    • Owen Feltham, Lusoria, XXXIV. Appeared as a poem of Suckling's beginning "When dearest I but think of thee." Claimed by Feltham in note to ed. 1690, 1696 of his Resolves, Divine, Moral, Biblical
  • Then they began to sing
    That extremely lovely thing,
    "Scherzando! ma non troppo, ppp."
  • So she poured out the liquid music of her voice to quench the thirst of his spirit.
  • Ils chantent, ils payeront.
    • They sing, they will pay.
    • Cardinal Mazarin. Originally "S'ils cantent la cansonette ils pageront." A patois.
  • Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing
    Such notes as, warbled to the string,
    Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek.
  • O Carril, raise again thy voice! let me hear the song of Selma, which was sung in my halls of joy, when Fingal, king of shields, was there, and glowed at the deeds of his fathers.
    • Ossian, Fingal, Book III, Stanza 1.
  • But would you sing, and rival Orpheus' strain.
    The wond'ring forests soon should dance again;
    The moving mountains hear the powerful call,
    And headlong streams hang listening in their fall!
  • Every night he comes
    With musics of all sorts and songs compos'd
    To her unworthiness: it nothing steads us
    To chide him from our eaves; for he persists
    As if his life lay on't.

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