Over at sogospeluvers.com, they’re having an “Oh What a Savior” festival … pages and pages about who does or doesn’t sing the best OWAS. Ho hum. But this comment seems worth plucking out of the tedium:
I would agree that Ernie does a good job on OWAS. If you notice though, he really pulls the mike back on his high notes. It might not sound so purty if he didn’t. I also agree it is time to give OWAS and others, a rest!
Huh. I thought it was always pretty obvious that all that mike play Ernie does is mainly about him finding his pitch and giving himself some time to place his tones, disguised as a trademark affectation - an updated stylistic tick in the tradition of Vestal’s Hanky Waving or Shoeless Peg.
We now return to our regularly scheduled message-board rabbit-chasing, already in progress.
Update: Reader KB has a complementary and slightly alternative theory all in one:
Ernie’s voice is not the highest in the business, and in order for him to hit some of those notes, he has to (almost literally) scream to get it out. Rather than destroy peoples’ ears, he pulls the mic back and bring it in, both for dynamic effect and to keep from blowing the sound system. … He may be trying to find the pitch in there as well, but he’s screaming to do it.
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