Another "voice" instead of "vocals"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Dec 10 22:04:56 UTC 2012

At 12/10/2012 01:21 PM, Jeff Prucher wrote:
>...But "on vocals", at least, seems unremarkable to me, and I have
>no first-hand experience of DJs from that period. If someone is
>standing on stage, introducing the band, and they say "this is X on
>drums, Y on bass, and Z on vocals", there's a very nice, easy
>parallel structure. What else are they going to say for the singer?
>(Besides "on voice", of course.)

To me, "on drums" and "on vocals" are apples and oranges -- the first
is an instrument, the second what that instrument plays.  I still
prefer "on voice".  But as Canute is said to have tried ... "On
vocals" is probably unremarkable except by me, here.


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