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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sexyback x Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe: The Lure of the Voice

A recent study published in Biology Letters reports that deep-voiced men are likely to have more children than their higher-pitched counterparts. The authors of the study liken this phenomenon to the flashy tail of the male peacock, metrosexual style kings of the bird world.

The study focused on the Hadza tribe of Tanzania. Wondering if this pattern appears in western cultures, I immediately thought of sexy soul crooner Barry White. And indeed - White fathered eight children. On the other hand, falsetto master Barry Gibb fathered five children. Justin Timberlake - 0 children - but he's only 26.

Looks like the verdict is still out, at least in musical circles. All this makes me wonder -is it the voice, or the man with the voice? My next study - a mashup methodology, with Nina Simone and Joan Armatrading in the mix.


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