I've been chomping at the bit to hear the Ben Folds album ever since I got a call from his management floating the idea.Holy &#*#@!!! This is perhaps the biggest thing to happen to a cappella since the Do It A Cappella special back in 1991! The potential audience, the potential snowball effect, the immediate cachet within and without the collegiate world... amazing.However, I'm hugely conflicted in how I should listen to this disc, as I wear a variety of hats in the a cappella community. From which perspective should I review the album?How about all?
Let me start by saying I wasn't there.I didn't see any of the drama. I missed the whole thing.So, before we begin, perhaps you should read a little bit about the ICCA finals at Lincoln Center this past Saturday:http://www.casa.org/node/4938http://forum.rarb.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5285 (same initial post, then discussion)http://pitchperfect-thebook.blogspot.com/2009/04/mtv-filming-a-cappella-...Alrighty then. Deep breath...Let's start with a little quiz1) Commercial television programs exist to:
I'm gonna start this blog with a perhaps unpopular revelation: I'm not touched by Susan Boyle's performance on Britain's Got Talent.
There is a time and a place for everything, and sometimes a simple song requires nothing more than a few simple harmonies that are easily achieved with nothing more than your ears. However, that's the exception, not the rule. I believe notating your arrangements has great value for many reasons:
Let me start with an explanation of a theory I've developed about contemporary a cappella syllables: The human voice, though most of history has been used in a very limited function, singing words, or simple syllables such as "ooh" and "ah." More recently, "bum" and "doo" have come into the vernacular in doo wop and barbershop styles.