This singer, Jacob (killer) Miller is an amazing singer. His style incorporates a delay in his singing and I bet it came about from enjoying how delays were an instrumental effect. I imagine he thought it’s cool so why not imitate the delay back but I don’t know for sure either way awesome singing.
But there’s something odd about this song – I’ve always thought it’s take 5 by Dave Brubeck – Isn’t it Take 5’s melody? Even the B section? Just like my theory of how his vocal style came about I have a theory about this – I think it’s like George Harrison and the Chiffons. I don’t think George or Jacob Miller set out to imitate these songs but forgot how the melodies got into their heads.
Sadly I started writing this post because even though I never saw the movie The Rose with Bette Midler and even though I totally couldn’t give a shit about that song, one day 15 years after the release of my first record, the song and comedy man David Deneen-Porter told me In Her Dream opens like The Rose and he was right. I’m so ashamed. Now I never open with those notes in that sequence when I sing it ..would rather hear Conway Twitty’s version, he just speaks it and then nobody can accuse me of copying 4 notes. damn.