I sat in on Dylan Bell’s great songwriting class at SoJam over the weekend. There were lots of college kids there. I’ve taught songwriting classes to college kids before – lots of interest! it seems. However, I’ve yet to have any of my class attendees produce any original a cappella music.
From the Mail Pile: Hey Bill, You've worked as a producer for a long time, and for both a cappella and instrumental groups. Do you feel like there are fundamental differences in producing/mixing bands versus collegiate a cappella groups? For instance, more or less post-production or reliance on individual musicality? Just curious if the two typically differ in your experience. Steve Ryan
First of all, I should state that there are going to be a number of blogs from me in the next couple of months. We're in the middle of a complete web redesign over here at casa.org, and as such this site is now in "lame duck" status, which, coupled with the fact that we're moving to an auto-feed a cappella news system (and as such no longer have Marty Gasper as the casa.org editor, despite his excellent service), means I'm stepping up to fill the void. I could post a bunch of articles from other people, but being the loudmouth that I am find it just as easy to write. So, what's on my mind today?
Listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween is not my idea of a good time. The holiday season starts too soon as it is. However, with members of a college a cappella group landing a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records a decade after graduation, I had to listen to it as soon as it arrived. What am I talking about? OK: a little history.
It's official: collegiate a cappella has become the punching-bag-du-jour of current comedy shows. The office has been running with the joke for a while, with some excellent fake group names (the Harmoniacs, the Do-Re-Migos). And the night of the debates, Saturday Night Live landed a punch line at the expense of a cappella (asserting that everyone on campus was at the debate because the only other thing on campus that night was the a cappella group show).