Sunday, September 30, 2007

Foreign Accent Syndrome, kind of, on the Simpsons

Homer Simpson, after a little incident involving being buried alive (long story), suddenly has a great operatic voice. I liked him better pointing a pistol at me (see pic), but what's the deal here? Groening playing on the story of foreign accent syndrome?

How good can it get?
Lisa: Dad, you contributed to our culture!
Homer: I didn't mean to!
Seems like one of the best episodes ever.

Oh yeah, by the way, Go Pack Go!


Wishydig said...

As soon as he started singing I thought they were going with the FAS reference--but when Lisa mentioned Andrea Bocelli I recalled a fuzzy memory of the tenor advising the singers on American Idol to try the technique.

And I've heard some voice instructors give the same advice as a way to increase pitch range.

Mr. Verb said...

Thanks! I guess that sounds vaguely familiar to me, but it didn't occur to me at all. Still, the buried-alive thing is more than singing prone.

But wasn't that one of the great episodes?

Anonymous said...

I don't know a single thing about opera, but wondered if they were playing with some plot piece from an opera.