You know you’re supposed to keep your nose clean.
If your neighbours are singing along to your favourite song, then they’re doing it right.
But the more annoying they get, the harder it is to find them.
You’ve probably heard about the Masked Singer contestants.
They’ve made their way to the final stage in the US singing competition for the 2016 show.
“You’re supposed as the most polite and polite person on the planet to just stay home,” says singer-songwriter Ryan Williams.
“I think a lot of times people feel like they have to do things that they don’t want to do.”
You’ve got to have a good reason why you want to keep singing.
If it’s your job, why not sing along to something else?
“You have to be able to say, ‘Okay, I’m going to sing that song, I know what the lyrics are, and I know I can sing it’,” says Williams.
The mask has been an integral part of this process.
Williams, who was born in North Carolina and raised in Georgia, has used his mask to mask his voice in songs for years.
But in the past year, he says, the mask has become more than just a mask: “I’ve gotten so much respect for it.”
The mask Williams uses for the mask that shows his voice has been around since he was 12.
Williams and his wife, Jennifer, decided to get a new one after Williams found a mask at the thrift store.
“It had a lot to do with my mask being the only thing that made sense for me,” says Williams, explaining that it had the same design as his other mask.
“And then we saw that my wife and I are in a relationship, so I decided to take it to a mask shop and get it for her.”
The suit is a three-piece, which gives him some freedom of movement.
It also gives him a sense of scale.
“When I wear it, I think it’s like a giant shield,” he says.
“Because I can do so many different things that I don’t really have to wear it on the outside.”
A mask Williams used for the Masking contest.
“Sometimes, you just have to put on your mask, and let it go,” he explains.
Williams is using the mask to keep his mask-loving friends happy, and to help him keep his voice on the line when he needs to talk.
“For me, when I have a conversation with someone and I’m having to explain something, I’ve just got to be quiet, I have to listen,” he laughs.
The Masked Singers have been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, the Washington Post, CNN, BBC World Service and the New Yorker.
Williams has a solo debut on American Idol, but says the Maskers are not the only group of masked contestants.
“People have a really wide range of voices,” he adds.
“There’s not just one.”
And they don of course sing along.
Williams says he hopes to have the mask on sale by the end of the year.
If you are interested in buying one, check out his website.
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