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SoJam!

Writing this from my hotel room, 3:25 am in Durham, NC.  Finished up an a-MAY-zing day of SoJam: great classes (is it just me or do the college kids just get smarter every year?).  Superb concert: Emory U. singers (winners of last night's competition) opened, Eclipse was fantasmic (never thought I'd enjoy white dudes rapping so much), Matt Murphy and Lilli Lewis were enchanting with their team-live-looping, and the House Jacks ripped my soul out through my ears.  They were just RAWK. This event is RAWK.

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A Cappella Originals: Episode #22

Up now! http://acappellaoriginals.libsyn.com/ Music from Eclipse, Australian awesome group Suade, and German singermeisters Maybebop.

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SoJam is the SUMMIT

When I first got involved in a cappella (mid-90’s) there was a mythical, magical appeal to the West Coast A Cappella Summit.  All the groups would find a way to go, it seemed.  It was a gathering of the best a cappella people, it seemed.  A Cappella Nirvana.

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The Sing Off: Casting a Wide Net

When moosebutter went into the audition room this past Saturday, auditioning for The Sing Off in Los Angeles, we were in with an Oregon college group, a smooth, old-school quartet of old African-American men, and a couple of groups called m*pact and Mosaic.  featureimage: 

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GLEEful suspension of belief?

I can suspend my belief for the sake of entertainment.  I can suspend my belief for the sake of an argument, or for an intellectual exercise.   There are some demands on my ability to suspend belief, however, that just go too far.   From a very young age I was acutely aware when musicians in movies or on TV were faking it.  You know, when the conductor of the wedding band in the background of the shot is beating a tempo completely unrelated to the music you're hearing?