Normally, I don't do this, but just this once, I will:
 And it is just that... yes, yes, we all know that languages develop and change over time, but in common English usage as it stands today, it's just wrong.
Actually, you are wrong. In what you call 'common English', the term 'song' to refer to a 'piece' is absolutely correct. In formal diction
, it would be incorrect.
Back to your normally-scheduled poster-remarks:
And thus, when we speak of a piano singing, this is more the definition we are referring to.
But alas, you've known what we meant all along, and only wish to argue for the sake of arguing. So have at it.[/b]
I know exactly what "sing" means, and I know exactly what "song" means. But you cannot pick and choose when you want to use them, and then blaspheme someone else's use.
PJ: 'sing' by itself is meaningless
and, of course... "'Sing' is so ambiguous by itself – even more so because it is an impossible task with the piano – that if you don't explain, the person has absolutely no way of interpreting exactly what you mean."
D: At last, one of them understands!
I prefer to use the term 'sing' at the piano not in any specific usage, but simply that you are expressing music so it sounds like it's coming from you, not from you to the piano[/b]
But don't you see how arbitrary that is? Without anything further, it is impossible to make the sound of the piano come from you. The sound comes from the piano. It HAS to go from you to the piano. That's the only way a piano sound is made!
The use of the word "singing" isn't going to confuse people just because pianos don't have vocal cords. I think to most people the metaphor is obvious-- we want to make the piano sound like a singer singing a song.[/b]
It confuses the hell out of me. A piano cannot, under any circumstances, sing...so why would you try to tell me to make it sing? What, specifically, about my TECHNIQUE can I alter to produce this effect that you desire (whatever it is)? THIS is what you should be saying. When teaching a student, you HAVE to get at the CAUSE, not the effect!
Staccato is not "singing". [/b]
But a singer can sing in a staccato....
The piano has a warm sound and long natural sustain (oppsite to hard or brilliant sond with a strong attack and fast dacay).
Actually, compared to other instruments, the piano DOES have a fast decay.
And now, your moment of zen:
and it's hard to make anything "sing" at a uniform ninety miles an hour. [/b]
You don't often drive a car and blast the radio at the same time, do you? :p