I was listening to my iPod at work today and as I left, Space Oddity by David Bowie came on. I know the song fairly well, but I don’t think I’d ever listened to it on headphones before. I hadn’t realized that the vocals in that song are David Bowie harmonizing with David Bowie. What made it really strange with headphones is that one vocal is in each speaker. The left speaker is entirely the harmony and it was so unusual that it was all I could focus on. As a result, it seemed like it was the main vocal track and the song became a very different listening experience.
I also realized that I haven’t been singing the “main” vocal track, the right speaker track, all these years. I’ve been singing mostly the right, occasionally crossing to the left when it seems to better fit what I expect the melodic resolution to be. I’m going to have to listen to it this way at least several more times to have a better idea of what I want to be singing when I sing along, though I may keep singing it the way I have been. It isn’t like I’m going to get to sing along to both tracks.
Is this on Rock Band? The harmonies are odd enough that I’d love to try it with the Beatles-RockBand harmony system.