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.