For those of you who don't know me, I host Acappella U, The Collegiate A Cappella Podcast. I started the show in 2005, and something that many of my listeners don't know is that I was never actually in a collegiate a cappella group. For some reason people are incredibly surprised when they hear that, and I can feel them wanting to ask me the obvious follow up: what business do I have yapping about college a cappella on a podcast when, truthfully, I have no idea what I'm doing? featureimage:
Vocal Chords is the weekly a cappella and vocal music show from the College of Journalism & Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The show is available twice each weekend on the college’s two webstreams. Here’s how to find it:
Well, I’m on another airplane, so it’s time to write some articles! I’m on my way back from the 2009 ICCA Finals in New York, which will probably go down in aca-lore as “the day MTV took over”. While judging the finals, I noticed something that also bugs me in recordings, so thought it might be a good topic – over-enunciation of nonsense syllables. Now, your high school choir teacher might be proud that you’ve kept up your good diction, but I say doh jin jin walla boww to that.
That's it! It's so simple, and it's been the case all along, but now we have a hit TV show that makes our point for us. Maybe I should back up? Alright: it all started the first time you heard vocal harmony. Admit it - there was something there. Something powerful. You loved the sound, the interweaving of the voices.
OK, party people, I'm writing about SoJam 2009. This will be my first visit to it and I'm looking for people in the know to let me in on all the secrets. What to do, what not to do, where to go, who to meet, etc. I plan on purchasing the whole weekend pass (in the very near future) so I will be at both concerts and all the classes. Flying in Friday mid-morning (red-eye) and leaving Sunday morning. (Can someone tell me if purchasing the tickets from CASA.org really does knock $10 off the price as the SoJam site suggests...because it don't look that way.)