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1  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: James Labrie singing Voices in 1994 before his vocal injury on: July 01, 2009, 02:50:11 am
Great!  I posted this on Mr. Portnoy's forum as well, hope you don't mind.
2  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: DT Live stream Sunday 06/14/2009 on: June 14, 2009, 07:56:34 pm
Did anyone notice that Mr. LaBrie sounded REALLY weird in PMU?  Was it a vocal effect?

*Edit* Sorry I found it the sound mixer did that...it wasn't meant to sound weird, it was just a vocal effect because the mixer messed up the balance.

I love the energy they did!  It was a great show, and the constant motion interpretation was one of the best.  James OWNED that song.
3  General Category / General Music Chat / SDOIT Overture Violin Part Dictation...Page One on: June 11, 2009, 11:03:50 pm
As I said in my hello post, I am writing out the Overture to SDOIT (Violin part).  I have limited free time but just got the first page done.  Enjoy!

http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/5686/sdoit.jpg
4  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Favorite album art? on: June 03, 2009, 05:20:46 pm
Oh no, I totally understand.  I was just mad at myself because I just joined the forum and already I look like an idiot  Grin
5  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Third Cover Song: Odyssey on: June 02, 2009, 08:56:00 pm
I have it!  It's so amazing!  They really capture the essence of one of their greatest heroes, instrumentally. 

It is so full of passion and really sounds like the Dregs, yet it still sounds like DT.  Wonderful..

And yes, James is still the star XD.  I can see him in the back sipping his honey and water.
6  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Favorite album art? on: June 02, 2009, 08:48:22 pm
Sorry guys for misunerstanding his comment...i removed it X(
7  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: First cover song: STARGAZER!!!! on: June 01, 2009, 08:48:42 am
This song kicks so much ass, and listening to the cover just pretty much proves to myself that DT hasn't lost their edge in anyway, it's just the music of today's era that truely disappoints me. 1975-1995 was pretty much the golden age of music. I'm still hopeful for DT's new album, but the their first single hasn't really grabbed me in any way (unlike stargazer) aside from having a cool video.

Omunae, I am sure the new album will be absolutely incredible.  if it's anything Rich Wilson says it is, then we're all in for the ride of our lives.

And on the cover,  this is genius.  James does sound better than Dio!  I love his voice so much.  He has more control, and more emotion and resonation.  James, congratulations.
8  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: A Rite of Passage video now released !!! on: June 01, 2009, 08:43:33 am
This is such an amazing song and video.  Even the "singles" of Dream Theater, which are actually twice as long as so many other band's songs, are incredible DT-like, complex, and take many listens to understand the song.  I can say that after I downloaded it from Roadrunner, I did not like it as much at first, sounded too "simple".  However, I missed so much in it!  By the 5th listen, I realized it definitely has had as much thought put into it as any other song, and it is full of emotion, technicality, and wizardry.  In short, even singles can be DT masterpieces.

Mr. LaBrie sounds absolutely amazing,.  His low growly register is so deep, so powerful, and so moving.  So what if he doesn't hit high notes all ther time?  We know he can do it, and easily.  Let's explore mroe depths of his voice, and so far I am loving the ride!

Oh, and Mr. LaBrie, you have officially become one of the best looking guys on the planet from this vid...haha
9  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Favorite album art? on: June 01, 2009, 08:34:39 am
I love Images and Words for the "rock" feel that it gives.

Awake is no doubt one fo the best.....

Metropolis Pt. 2 is cool because of all the different "scenes from memories" on the cover.

I mean, Tot< Octavarium, SC covers were great, but for me not as inspiring, which is still a lot, considering everything DT does is inspiring beyond comparison!

However, BC & SL is definitely going to be my top DT album because of all the hidden meanings and the mysterious, dark, yet happy feel it has.  I could look at it all day.
10  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Hello on: June 01, 2009, 08:08:55 am
haha, I would love to play the DT...I actually want to get transcribe the violin part to SDOIT's Overture and play it...it has sme wicked nasty violin stuff...I felt so sorry for the Octavarium Orchestra.

Maybe I'll post a question to Mr. LaBrie about asking Sir Wizard Rudess to put up a part or something...haha
11  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Third Cover Song: Odyssey on: June 01, 2009, 08:07:02 am
I found out it is the Dixie Dregs Odyssey.  That's awesome.

For a second I thought it was going to be Symphony X's The Odyssey, which is one of the greatest prog masterpieces in my opinion.  I'd have loved to hear Mr. LaBrie sing, 'Champion of Ithaca"...THAT would have been epic, but I think the Dregs one is an instrumental.
12  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Hello on: May 30, 2009, 11:16:53 pm
Thanks, guys for the kind words.  I am already enjoying it here...what a friendly atmosphere!
13  General Category / General Music Chat / A Question for Mr. LaBrie-On Your Vibrato on: May 30, 2009, 03:41:10 pm
*Edit* I realize that this was started by Mr. LaBrie on his topic on singing, but these are a few specific questions in mind that I had for why and how he achieves his wonderful tone of voice.

Mr. LaBrie, let me first start off by saying what an inspiration you are to me.  Your singing is so fantastic, in every live setting and in every studio release you put out, whether it be a project, solo album or Dream Theater.

I have noticed that your style of vibrato has changed over the years.  You still have such a powerful vibrato with many different speeds, ranges, and widths, (just compare Never Enough, to your EXCELLENT cover of Stargazer), but on many of your more recent studio releases, especially from Dream Theater, from Scenes from a Memory and on, I notice that you like to take a much cleaner tone of voice, without much vibrato, such as on Forsaken (High A), and Strange Deja Vu.  What prompts you to choose what notes, and on what songs to use vibrato, or no vibrato, and what kind of vibrato you use?  Because I know it's not because vibrato's hard for you-you have some of the best technique I have ever heard.

And on the same note, I have noticed that you recently have a different technique for reaching higher notes.  In your younger days, you kind of pushed to get those high powerful notes (which still sounded absolutely PHENOMENAL), but nowadays you have a much more relaxed approach that creates a much different, richer, "operatic" sound in your high notes, for example in your recent performances of Voices, and Surrounded.  Was studying with your vocal coach a cause for that?  However, in either case, I love your voice, and you put your musical DNA on every single note you sing.

I am sorry for hampering you with questions, but you are such an idol to me, and I don't mind if you don't answer because you are so busy.  Other people are more than welcome to chip in!

Brian
14  General Category / General Music Chat / Hello on: May 29, 2009, 05:16:31 pm
Hello, My name is Brian and I'm new to this. 

Dream Theater is the band that turned me on to other types of music, and made me more open minded.  I am a 15 year old very serious violinist, and I used to only listen to classical, until a friend introduced me to Dream Theater.  I find I can connect with any of their songs-everything they do is absolutely magical.

That being said, James LaBrie is one of my favorite singers on the planet.  He is such a great, generous guy, and can sing the hell out of anything!  His voice has so much depth and maturity, and he is one of the few metal/rock tenors that I know of who can bring every word and note to life in the character that the song requires.

So thanks, DT, and you, Mr. LaBrie, for opening up my eyes to all different kinds of music, and keep doing what you're doing!  I hope to see you on tour sometime!

Cheers,
Brian

PS If anyone ever wanted to see some of my videos of playing the violin, they are welcome to go to  http://www.youtube.com/user/battleblades.  However, nothing I do could compare to the utter genius musicianship of Dream Theater.
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