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Vocal Impressions: Hearing Voices, Round Five

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Read the Descriptions

Click here to read listeners' descriptions of the voices of Elvis Presley, Phyllis Diller, Celine Dion and Bobby Short.

Commentator Brian McConnachie has been asking listeners to describe their impressions of famous voices. In his last challenge, he asked listeners to describe the voices of Mick Jagger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Barry White and Luciano Pavarotti. You can read those results below.

McConnachie also offers up four new voices: Elvis Presley, Phyllis Diller, Celine Dion and Bobby Short.

Listeners' Responses

Updated July 16, 2007

Last month, the voices you were invited to describe included Elvis Presley, who triggered memories of the backseats of Chevys; Phyllis Diller, who reminded many of a loopy aunt; and Bobby Short, who brought to mind understated sophistication. But Celine Dion's fan base stayed away from the contest. Below are the best of the descriptions you sent in.


Vocal Impressions: Hearing Voices, Round Four

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Read the Descriptions

Click here to read listeners' descriptions of the voices of Mick Jagger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Barry White and Luciano Pavarotti.

Commentator Brian McConnachie has been asking listeners to describe in poetic language their impressions of famous voices.

In his last challenge, he asked listeners to describe the voices of Sean Connery, Bob Dylan, Odetta and Mae West.

McConnachie also offers up four new voices: Mick Jagger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Barry White and Luciano Pavarotti.

Listeners' Responses

Updated May 28, 2007

This batch of voices drew our largest response yet.

Last month, the voices you were invited to describe included rock 'n' roll legend Sir Mick Jagger, formidable first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, crooner extraordinaire Barry White and the great opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Below are the best of the descriptions you sent in.


Elvis Presley

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My boyfriend's engine revving in the driveway while I'm being told I can't go out — Naseem Rakha

If a Jell-o mold could sing and dance — Cecilla Saad

The sand in your bikini you don't want to wash out — Sara McElwain

The sound of a switch blade opening in a church choir — James Green

A smooth switch from a gravel road to a paved road and back again — Chris Baker

His voice made me quiver in parts I didn't know I had — Susan Wilson

One day when we're driving our Buicks to Venus, we'll find him there doing two shows a night — Robert Borel

A turkey with a mouth full of marbles trying to seduce Gidget — Davis Houston

Sunrise in the backseat of your boyfriend's '57 Chevy — Barbara Gatschet

An Aqua Velva martini — Kerry Naughton

That darn punk kid who frequently volunteers for community service — Chris Sequeira

The back door squeaking as you sneak out to be with the neighborhood bad boy — Becky Moore

A barn full of straw burning at night visible for 20 miles — Denny Dowdye

The howls of a mongrel caught in a trap — Richard Coyle

Making out in the back of your Dad's car with the one guy who will infuriate your friends, your parents and your boyfriend — Kitty Heite


Phyllis Diller

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The Vlasic Pickle's Stork's girlfriend — Fred Tasker

The sound of an aluminum beer can rubbed on a rusty cheese grater — James Green

A drunk duck — Marilyn Turner

Take 20 marbles, a claxton, a staccato laugh, toss well in a coffee can and that's Phyllis Diller — Kevin Bunker

A prickly pear cactus complaining to her porcupine psychiatrist — Rayoma Kleen

A '60s sofa shredded by cat claws — Heather Kuhl

Burnt toast being scraped by a knife — Jim Cronan

A Brillo pad scraping the grit off a grill — Naseem Rakha

The Wicked Witch of the West after a hit of nitrous oxide — Chris Chanfield

The tangle of colored bits at the bottom of a kaleidoscope — Shaun Perkins


Bobby Short

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The sound of a valet brush whisking a tuxedo — Guy Western

Someone trying to squeeze the last bit of icing from a pastry bag — Martin Lipschultz

A peaceful river asking directions to the sea — Martin Camps

Your sixth-grade music teacher on spring break in Paris — George Clack

The last bluebird over the rainbow high-fiving Dorothy — Martha Kate Chapman

Sadness and beauty walking hand in hand on a cobblestone street on a foggy night — Denny Dowdye

An art deco room with secrets to tell — Rayoma Kleen

Yoga on a waterbed — Sibylle Baumgartner

Starlight on a cruise ship — Christian Thygeson

The yellow smell of books forgotten in a closet — haun Perkins

Kissing my first love on an autumn day in Central Park, feeling the warmth of his cashmere sweater against my ear — Eric Price


Celine Dion

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A Siamese cat stretched immodestly over a black leather couch — Markus Schafer

A melted moon pie on a dashboard — Shaun Perkins

Rubbing pomade into the hair of a person I don't like — Sibylle Baumgartner

The bridesmaid's toast at a wedding — Sara McElwain

The sound of wealth becoming pedestrian — Rayoma Kleen

The superior smirk on every homecoming queen you ever hated — Daphine Case

Tired love — Mark Tarnawsky

The last thing you want to hear on a large ship in the middle of the ocean — Larisa Koehn

The most ornate Christmas lights that are put out at Halloween and are still flashing at Easter — Cecilla Saad

Water flowing without ripples — Heather Kuhl

The way you feel after a really good haircut — J. Noel Gardiner

A warm bed with clean sheets — Patrick Carron

The gum you find on the bottom of your shoe just after getting off the Ferris wheel — Naseem Rakha

What every mother's lullaby sounds like to an infant — Michael Giunta

A beautiful wool sweater you never put on because it irritates you — Renee Collins

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