I turned on the radio and came in on an interview with, I think Paul Kantner. He was talking about Jefferson Airplane (of course) and in particular about “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” and he talked about how Grace Slick could sing aggressively–that she could really get in your face but still not feel strident. He said that there was a little gentleness about her. I don’t know if I agree with that. It’s hard to associate the word ‘gentle’ with Grace Slick. But it got me to thinking and yeah, that quality seems pretty rare to me. Janis Joplin was aggressive and for me, she could be strident.
I was thinking about the kind of breathy style that a lot of women use when they sing, and I was trying to think if there were many singers that combined that powerful but still immediate and aggressive style today. I couldn’t think of any. So I came here to ask you guys.
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