Black and white singing:
- This is caused by the lack of an authentically communicative face and body language. The eyes are usually rather numb, body language closed off.
- This singer sings everything with the same tone of voice. It can be beautiful, strong, technically flawless but without subtlety of tone, it's just sound with no meaning. This voice may have dynamic changes but they are predictable, not nuanced and fresh. Listening to it you get the feeling that the singer is not present with anything other than the technical aspects of their voice. The connection from the singer and the song to the audience is weak or altogether missing.
- This type of singing is common in amateur singers who don't have much live experience with an audience. They don't yet know how to truly connect with people listening to them, thinking their job is to amaze the audience, judges, industry with their vocal ability to hit high notes, long notes, strong notes. And/or they have stage fright issues, fearing any contact they could make with the audience.
- Friends and family may attend concerts and buy CDs, the singer may have a small following but the emotional response will not be much. If they continue a black & white approach, the singer usually moves on to other things in life- not to a sustained music career.
- This is singing with varying degrees of vocal tone and inflection, as is authentic and appropriate for the meaning of the lyric.
- This singer communicates with eyes, face, hands, body language. They are holistically committed t0 delivering message. Dynamics are sometimes surprising, full of power but also infinitely controlled. There are subtle nuances everywhere, but no "over-acting". The listener gets the feeling the singer is singing directly to them.
- This is the sound of the true artist. The goal of such sounds are to cause someone to understand a message, in such a way that they respond with emotion.
- People will... 1. pay money for... 2. develop a loyalty to and ... 3. tell others about the experience of being moved in this way. Sometimes this devoted audience is a small niche market, sometimes a mega-market, but there is emotional satisfaction for artist and audience, and if wisely planned and monitored, a financially sustainable career.
So have you heard a black & white or color singer somewhere lately? How did that performance hit you?