Mariah Carey’s 1991- Emotions by Christopher De Silva
“You’ve got me feeling emotions
Deeper than I’ve ever dreamed of
You’ve got me feeling emotions
Higher than the heavens above”
“Emotions” was the follow up track and album from Mariah’s 1990’s, self titled album. That album plummeted Mariah into the spotlight, like a shooting star, she rose to the top at the young age of 20 years old.“Emotions” was Mariah fifth number one and received warm reviews from the critics. Mariah adds a disco feel to the record as the singer describes the ups and downs she feels from her current relationship. From the time she wakes up to the time she goes to bed she is constantly thinking about him and the good feeling associated with him. This song was written by Mariah, David Cole and Robert Clivilles of the C+C Music Factory. This song helped brilliantly show off Mariah upper range with the melodic use of the whistle register to help transition between the verse and the chorus. Towards the end of the song Mariah hits notes only dolphin can hear lol. Mariah herself said that she can hit notes that are not on the piano. With a voice that spans more than five octaves, singing high notes is what Mariah voice was made to show off.
The song was originally written in the key of C major, a very easy and forgiving key. When performing live, Carey usually performs the song a half step down to the key of B flat major. On this track Mariah voice goes more than four octaves with and ending of an octave jump with the repetition of whistle notes towards the end. Mariah is the only artist in history to have her first five single reached number one.
The album was the second studio album released by Mariah during her stay with Columbia Records. It was released on September 17,1991 and features different influences in various genres such as gospel, R&B, soul and pop. The album released was a surprise to many as the album failed to chart the same as her first album which outsold it. The album’s second single released “Can’t let Go” failed to give Mariah the success she needed and placed number two on the charts.
Her performance on the Arsenio Hall show was one of my favorite live performances of the song as every note was accurate and no lip singing was used. She effortlessly sings the song and there is no struggle to hit the difficult high notes in the end. To note out towards the end of the song she hits the whistle note high than she does in the recording adding an extra whistle in the off beat to create a nice disco effect. I also included, the last video, a live performance of the song she did on her tour in 09. The voice thankfully survived throughout the decades.