See, Ceili, Janis Joplin comes to mind again (voice broken at a very young age).
I agree, not every song needs volume. Some of them, in fact, require... restraint.
I took voice lessons many (25?) years ago, and unfortunately I was taught to sing loudly, to contract stomach muscles, to do a "vibrato," all that stuff. I havena' really been able to break those habits... YET. Although, I can still learn.
I've had to go with songs that are already in my natural range: that is, very low for a female.
I'm quite fond of "House of the Rising Sun" (The Animals), and can easily sing it in its original key. I can do Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) with no problem, and (doh, what's her name? The female lead for Fleetwood Mac... ah, Christine McVie). Although Christine often sounds, to me, like she has a head cold. We don't wanna go imitatin' that, now do we?
(Why yes, these ARE old singers and old songs... because I AM old, and my audience is old, too!)
Give me a Soprano singer, however, and my voice will definitely break. I just don't go there. I could hit high notes in my youth, but now, well, it just sucks.
I've been wanting to do Jethro Tull's "Aqualung," since I think I can sing it well, but hubby doesna' like it.
Hubby sings in the background to the songs he can; he is very, very low. And frankly, I think we sound good together.
He is much
better at harmonizing than I am, with many more years of practice. Still, I love to learn!
We are working on (yes, this really is ambitious) Carly Simon/James Taylor's "Mockingbird."
Let me restate that I'm not looking to be a famous vocalist, or anything of the sort. I'm a freakin' Librarian, wanting to help out her husband on the long, difficult task of being on stage by oneself for hours on end!
So Ceili, did you, in fact, take lessons from an opera singer? That was my first mistake with singing!