I’ve been practicing singing and playing Lilac Wine for an open mic night. It’s a simple enough song (except for the annoying barre chords) but what I’ve discovered is that singing in a different key affects the song’s meaning.
Below you’ll find two soundcloud files of me singing a portion of the song. One starts in E minor, the other A minor. One is higher (more head voice) and the other lower (makes better use of resonance). I like them both for different reasons — one makes me sound vulnerable and in the other I think my tone is warmer and I have better control. Both were recorded using garageband, my computer’s microphone and a $60 nylon string yamaha guitar (i.e. not the best recording on the planet), but I think they show that it’s important to kind the right key for your voice depending on the meaning you want to convey.
Please give some feedback!