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off key

Music
a. not in the correct key
b. out of tune
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Bruce Bower explored the mental mechanics of off-key singing in "The tune wreckers" (SN: 9/21/13, p.
But fame (and perhaps marriage to Tom?) apparently changed Katie from a shy, girl-next-door type to an "off-key" plastic robot.
After all, "He who sings prays twice." But we sometimes cringe when we hear a priest with a weak, wavering, off-key voice attempting to sing.
The video footage of the performance, which took place last week on board the Holland America Eurodam in the Caribbean, shows the 56-year-old actress slurring a couple off-key songs, TMZ.com reported.
Offbeat, but also frequently off-key and somewhat off-putting, Francesca Gregorini's "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes" comes up with a mightily strained framework to deal with the grief of familial loss: the friendship between a sullen motherless teen and a woman mothering a rather singular child.
Singh's comments are off-key Live football Sky Sports 1, 7.45pm BLACKBURN'S global advisor (sigh) Shebby Singh has quickly built a reputation for wanting to quickly build his reputation and you'll probably see him popping on to your TV at every opportunity during tonight's game against Cardiff, writes Michael Brear.
But when she turns her attention to the church's off-key choir, helping the nuns to find their true voices and breathing new life into the rundown neighbourhood, her cover could be blown.
Disguised as a nun, she decides her true vocation is helping the convent's off-key choir.
While the soundtrack to Miller's film hits the high notes, the script is frequently off-key, heavyhandedly dealing with issues of parenting and friendship, then ladling on the sickly sentiment.
Wearing a pink sweater, he watches a little girl perform an off-key song, and then declares: "Let's face it.
If I'd done all that, I might have been considered 'keynote' and not have to resort to ranting here 'off-key'.
Some even threatened to boycott the show in protest at the alleged use of the studio technology used to correct pitch and off-key mistakes.