Unnoticed Undertones

“Every morning I still wake up and the first thing I want to do is to see your face.”
Gerry Kennedy aka Gerald Butler (P.S I love you)

This man may not have the perfect features. But he sure does have the perfect voice, expressing undertones, that are drool-worthy.

Before I get carried away, I’d like to revert to the topic.

U is for Undertones.

Undertone,technically means a low pitch, usually concerning vocals. Undertones aren’t prominent,but, as the word implies, underlying the main voice.

Undertones may not always a have musical context.

However, irrespective of their context, undertones are contradictory, the antagonism full of insinuation.

Some undertones could be nasty, especially those implying contempt. Let me illustrate.
“Wow! That was a brilliant performance!” exclaims a certain Aunty, clapping like a retarded seal.

“With a lot of hamming thrown in.” she says, in an undertone, to the adjacent Aunty.

Undertones could express affection. Usually all those individuals who have the rough I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude, are big time softies. Beneath all that coolness and insouciance, is a heavy undertone of emotions and sentiments.

The unusual calm that sailors observe during their voyages, has an undertone of an impending storm.

At times, a warning delivered in an undertone can be more menacing than a loud threat.
Sounds familiar? Of course. All of us with mommies know the repercussions of taking their threats lightly.

Black comedies are humorous plots with undertones of morbidity.

Undertones hint at the true nature of people, actions, occurrences, warnings, and music alike. Yet, they go unnoticed most of the times. Undertones, though subdued, expose all those nuances that don’t grab your attention instantly.

Before I sign out – Greenday’s “East Jesus Nowhere” is on loop, rebellious with a formidable undertone.


  1. michelle · April 24, 2012

    Hi Anjali.
    I'm visiting from the A to Z challenge. Nice to meet you. *waves*

    I love your theme.
    My theme also revolves around music… 26 musically-related fiction posts, in which the word/concept may or may not be included.

    My S-post was also Staccato…
    I did consider using Arpeggio for my A-post, but then changed it to A Cappella.
    I see that you have Offbeat for your O-post. I have Upbeat for my U-post.
    You have Jams & Jims for your J-post. I have Jingle for mine.
    After the challenge, I will have to return to your place and check out your other posts.
    Enjoy the rest of A to Zee…


  2. saudamini · April 25, 2012

    Retarded seal. Rofl.


  3. baygirl32 · April 25, 2012

    green day- nice addition

    happy A to Z


  4. Karen Walker · April 25, 2012

    I think the tone we use when we speak is vitally important. This is a great post and a really important topic.


  5. Anjali Krishna · April 28, 2012

    Thank you so much! 😀


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