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album art Return to Forever (Minnie Ripperton Cover)
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Released: May 22, 2009 | 4:53 AM
Category: Inspirational
Application: GarageBand
Loop Use: No loops

File Type: .mp3
File Size: 4.71 MB

Plays: 1365
Downloads: 5
Weekly Plays: 0
Weekly Downloads: 0
Statistic reset day: Friday

License: No derivative works allowed
This is a live performance of me singing Minnie Ripperton's Return to Forever at the Laney College Summer Tea many a moon ago. I still love it even though there is a baby talking throughout and it's such a bad recording (done using someone's cheap video camera mic!). I miss working with the pianist on this song, my old teacher and mentor, Walter Gray.

Vocals: Carla J. Patterson (then, Carla J. Atkins)
Piano: Walter Gray

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C_Man Artist

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Nice. great pipes & piano playing. maybe the baby was giving you props too. smiley
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9 years ago
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wow this is great Carla what a beautiful voice you have, i know the quality isnt good in recording, but enough for me to hear your wonderful range OMG I am so impressed with you!!
Gx.
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9 years ago
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Despite the poor recording quality...There is no mistaking your wonderful gift.. that Gorgeous voice! Oh my goodness I couldn't hit some of those notes even if my bum was set a blaze! smiley smiley smiley

That pianist is exquisite too!
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9 years ago
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Minnie!!!! Wonderful.
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9 years ago
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Thank you for posting this Carla! Wow what a song! Your voice on this is fantastic!
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9 years ago
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I like that idea, Chinaman. Gotta get to them young!

Thanks so much, Garni! I sometimes stayed in my high range too much in those days but on this song it worked out okay. After I got vocal training, I had more tools to work with but now that I look back on my singing in those days, the good things shine through more than the bad. Kind of nice to be able to stop demanding perfection from myself and just enjoy the alchemy of the moment.

Lol... Donna, that image cracks me up. smiley I have to admit that there have been times when I sounded like someone had me by the gonads (no matter that we women don't have any!) rather than anything else. Luckily, it didn't happen too often. smiley When I was singing opera, in the beginning I could hit high F's and do The Queen of the Night. But, I always felt most myself singing lyric or dramatic roles like Aida and the Puccini heroines. What I like about my voice now is that I have a fuller low and middle range but I can still go high sometimes for counterpoint instead of just sing in the high range all the time. For popular music, whether R&B, jazz, or rock, it's just not on to sing nothing but high notes (though some have pulled it off - the exception almost proves the rule). So, I actually get to sing more things this way. Sometimes I miss being able to hit those high F's though - it's kind of a daredevil feeling, like you're climbing Mt Everest successfully or something. smiley

ZZ7 - Wasn't she the real deal? I adored her. It was horrible how she died so young. Some people said she sang like an angel and that heaven missed her too much to let her stay here any longer. Nice sentiment but I hate it that she had such a short time on this earth. She was unique.

Thanks Misty! smiley
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9 years ago
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Great singing... Excellent!

Geo
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9 years ago
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Really amazing voice...and like childhood vocals too of course!!!
Beautiful song indeed.
Brava Carla
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9 years ago
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Thanks Geo. smiley
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9 years ago
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Molto gracie, Carlo! smiley It was nice skyping with you. smiley
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Seriously delicious singing and artistic performance! Fantastic!!
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Naaji Artist

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Hi Carla.... great singing, very NICE!!!! smiley
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carlajpatterson Artist

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Thanks you two! It was fun for me to share this with you. smiley
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9 years ago
noone Listener This is my favorite Minnie tune, I can't listen to this tune without my eyes welling up with tears,you have done a beautiful, job with a beautiful tune.
this song tears me up
Your voice on this so pure, so perfect
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9 years ago
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High praise from another who loves her as much as I do! I know what you mean about the tears. Happens to me, too. Thanks for your kind comments.
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9 years ago
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Wow!!! Absolutely wonderful vocals on this one! Don't worry about the toddler in the background. She/he just wanted to add a little more to the youth that this song captures.

-Paul
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9 years ago
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Thanks, Paul! I like that idea concerning the toddler. smiley
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Wow, what a performance, Milady! I wish I could have been there ^^

5 stars for you, your voice and the 1000 emotions you bring on this song!



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9 years ago
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Molto Gracie Mattia! Your comments make me happy. smiley
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I always felt that Minnie Ripperton was so underrated, why & I just don't know? she was fantastic in my ears, so glad you put this up Carla.

This is gr8 despite the bad recording in actual fact I think the feeling is actually enhanced by it! (even with the babies backing vox lol) & that top note girl! WOW!
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I'm coming around to your way of thinking on this myself. Live performances are LIVE after all... they shouldn't sound like studio outings. So much more going on. smiley Thanks for the kind comments! I couldn't agree with you more about Minnie. What a voice and great songs she sang and wrote, too. I miss her spirit, too.
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Love it! The twinkling tinkling keys are wonderful. Somehow the child's talking in the background is a prefect addition & completely fits. Carla your voice always chills my soul & mind right out. Pure emotive bliss.

Thanks for sharing with us, outstanding.
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5 years ago
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Thanks Chris. Your comments mean the world to me always. smiley
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5 years ago
bebopp Listener Not even bad recording equipment can mask your talent @carlajpatterson. You sound wonderful! I love Minnie Ripperton. I can hear traces of her voice in your singing. Especially the high notes. I also love your background vocalist!

Thanks for sharing!!
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4 years ago
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Thank you for taking the time to listen to some of my other work. Much appreciated! smiley
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