Why don’t musicians sing with accents?

I’m weird, I’ve pondered this question for basically all my life, (it started with the Beatles)

Finally an answer; this article on buzzfeed does a pretty great job of explaining things, and there’s lots of videos to really help you wrap your head around it.

““What gets lost in singing are the suprasegmentals,” a linguistic term used to indicate qualities like stress, tone, and syllabification, Fioretta said. In other words, a song’s rhythm can limit a singer’s ability to pronounce words, and especially vowels, in his or her usual cadence: “The tone, the intonation, the rhythm of a language; these all get lost in singing,” he says.”

Good stuff,
-T

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