Melisma

Here’s a new word for today: melisma. It’s when, during the act of singing, the singer turns one-note one-syllable into 37 notes on one syllable. Basically the musical equivalent of glurge. When you look the word up in a dictionary, you see a picture of Whitney Houston.

To think… all these years I’d been calling it “Diva-itis” without knowing there was an actual word for it. And what’s even better, I love the way it mirrors the word miasma

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