Click here to read listeners' descriptions of the voices of Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote and Patsy Cline.
Several years ago, I had that last, long, wonderful father-and-daughter time as we went to look at colleges in the Northeast and decide which one had the most expensive landscaping.
Along the way, I put in a mix tape. The first cut on it was Ella Fitzgerald. I didn't know how familiar my daughter was with Ella Fitzgerald, but I asked, "How would you describe her voice?"
She listened some more and replied, "She sounds like ... diamonds dipped in caramel."
I thought, "Wow! High school certainly worked."
And it reminded me that Mel Torme's voice was described as "the velvet fog" and that actress Jean Arthur's voice was described as sounding like, "a thousand tinkling bells."
Which led me to this idea:
I'd like to invite the listeners of All Things Considered to take part in an experiment on how different voices sound to you — and what words you would use to describe them.