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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

And here's the latest installment of our series: Vocal Impressions. About once a month, we ask you to describe famous voices. It's a task that requires quite a bit of creativity. And it's not as easy as you might think.

Writer Brian McConnachie came up with the idea, and he guides us through some of your responses.

BRIAN McCONNACHIE: This batch voices drew our largest response yet. I guess that'll happen when you mix, Barry White, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mick Jagger and Luciano Pavarotti.

So we'll begin with replies for Mick Jagger.

(Soundbite of song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want")

Mr. MICK JAGGER (Singer): (Singing) I saw her today at the reception.

McCONNACHIE: Ken Peters say, Mick Jagger sounds like a fire in the street that no one wants to put out. Susan Smythe says it's a voice full of desire and lips that only kiss themselves. Dana Nelson says it's a great date with the wrong guy.

(Soundbite of song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want")

Mr. JAGGER: (Singing) A glass of wine in her hand.

McCONNACHIE: Jay Maille offers, a saxophone being played while it's melting. Mary Jane Brown says of Mick Jagger, sounds like the first bad thing you did that felt good.

(Soundbite of song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want")

Mr. JAGGER: (Singing) I knew she was going to meet her connection.

McCONNACHIE: Julianne Hurst Williams offers, a box of chocolates with a spider in it. Leslie Gurowitz, your annoying younger brother's annoying best friend the day after you had a surprisingly sexual dream about him.

(Soundbite of song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want")

Mr. JAGGER: (Singing) You can't always get what you want. You can't always get what you want.

Ms. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (Former First Lady): Not every man can have what he wants.

McCONNACHIE: And that's where we're going to leave Sir Mick and Leslie for now and go onto former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Ms. ROOSEVELT: The long and meticulous study and debate means that it reflects the composite views of the many men and governments who have contributed to its formulation.

McCONNACHIE: LeAnn Shotton says the American Queen mum, reminding us to play fair, be kind to others and always lend a helping hand. She sounds like a cross between Katharine Hepburn and Miss Piggy, offers Bill Deresiewicz.

Martha Klobucar says she sounds like an upright broom standing in the corner ready to clean house.

Ms. ROOSEVELT: There are, of course, particular provisions in the declaration before us with which we are not fully satisfied.

McCONNACHIE: Stephanie Miller offers, sounds like Julia Child before she got into the cooking sherry. Jessica Carlson says of Eleanor Roosevelt, a swimming pool in late October.

Ms. ROOSEVELT: That we know that we have to look together.

McCONNACHIE: Kathryn Moore says she sounds as though she's trying to speak during an unpleasant personal medical exam. We must, at the same time...

(Soundbite of song, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything")

Mr. BARRY WHITE (Singer): (Singing) We got it together, didn't we?

Ms. ROOSEVELT: ...we dedicate ourselves...

(Soundbite of song, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything")

Mr. WHITE: (Singing) Nobody but you and me.

Ms. ROOSEVELT: ...to the unfinished task, which lies before.

(Soundbite of song, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything")

Mr. WHITE: (Singing) We got it together baby.

McCONNACHIE: And I'm not disturbing the image, but move on to Barry White.

(Soundbite of song, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything")

Mr. WHITE: (Singing) My first, my last, my everything.

McCONNACHIE: Jim Green says a roller-coaster ride in a hot tub through the tunnel of love. George Harris offers, if syrupy, thick erotica owned a vehicle, his voice would be the car alarm.

Angus Vail offers, satin sheets caressing a velvet leisure suit on a waterbed.

(Soundbite of song, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything")

Mr. WHITE: (Singing) You're my sun, my moon, my guiding star.

McCONNACHIE: Brent Lamb says a waterfall of melted butter. Victoria Lecuyer says of Barry White's voice, it's sun-warmed cat fur. Schubert Moore says deep need on a Saturday night.

(Soundbite of song, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything")

Mr. WHITE: (Singing) I see so many ways that I can love you till the day I die.

McCONNACHIE: And John Crotty says of Barry White, it's what you'd expect to hear when you put your ear up to an empty bottle of Viagra.

(Soundbite of song, "Nessun Dorma")

Mr. LUCIANO PAVAROTTI (Tenor): (Singing in foreign language)

McCONNACHIE: And on to our last batch, Luciano Pavarotti.

(Soundbite of song, "Nessun Dorma")

Mr. PAVAROTTI: (Singing in foreign language)

McCONNACHIE: Ardith Wagley says to hear Pavarotti is to empty the breath from your own chest that he may better present its intentions. Bradley Niblock says his voice sounds like humanity taking a victory lap.

(Soundbite of song, "Nessun Dorma")

Mr. PAVAROTTI: (Singing in foreign language)

McCONNACHIE: Olivia Linda offers, he sounds like all the magnificent architecture that has yet to be built.

(Soundbite of song, "Nessun Dorma")

Mr. PAVAROTTI: (Singing in foreign language)

McCONNACHIE: Lea Mai says, the universe vibrating outside your body.

(Soundbite of song, "Nessun Dorma")

Mr. PAVAROTTI: (Singing in foreign language)

McCONNACHIE: Charlene Rauch says of Pavarotti, it's the voice of every castrati crying out for heirs.

(Soundbite of song, "Nessun Dorma")

Mr. PAVAROTTI: (Singing in foreign language)

McCONNACHIE: Dick Hershberger offers it's what seagulls must think they sound like. Michael McCarthy offers, the sound of your heart when you suffer a tremendous personal loss and you're asked, how do you feel. Jessica Carlson says it's a new baby's first taste of air.

(Soundbite of song, "Nessun Dorma")

Mr. PAVAROTTI: (Singing in foreign language)

McCONNACHIE: And on towards fifth batch. And in this group, we have:

(Soundbite of song, "Jailhouse Rock")

Mr. ELVIS PRESLEY (Singer): (Singing) The warden threw a party in the county jail. The prison band was there and they began to wail.

McCONNACHIE: Elvis Presley.

(Soundbite of song, "Jailhouse Rock")

Mr. PRESLEY: (Singing) ...began to swing. You should've heard those knocked out jailbirds sing. Let's rock.

McCONNACHIE: Comedienne Phyllis Diller.

Ms. PHYLLIS DILLER (Comedienne): Fang is my husband.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. DILLER: Everybody says why do they call him Fang? He's got this one tooth that's two inches long.

(Soundbite of laughter)

McCONNACHIE: Celine Dion.

(Soundbite of song, "Because You Loved Me")

Ms. CELINE DION (Singer): (Singing) For all those times you stood by me, for all the truth that you made me see...

McCONNACHIE: And Bobby Short.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. BOBBY SHORT (Cabaret Singer): (Singing) Night and day, you are the one.

McCONNACHIE: And I'll be back next month with your descriptions and your impressions.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. SHORT: (Singing) Night and day.

SIEGEL: The voices of Bobby Short, Celine Dion, Phyllis Diller and Elvis Presley. If you've got descriptions that you'd like to share with Brian McConnachie, go to npr.org. Or, you can also read some of the other responses to the previous batch.

(Soundbite of music)

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