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Multimedia Review: The House Jacks, 7/10/09

This past Friday’s House Jacks concert in Cambridge, MA was part of a 3-date east coast tour, a little tour-lette not uncommon for the House Jacks these days. In the interest of full disclosure, I will say up front that I have seen them several times over the years, that they are one of my favorite bands (not “a cappella bands”, but bands, period), and also friends.

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Arranging: There’s No Magic Formula

For all you aspiring arrangers out there young and old, I have good news and bad news.  The bad news is that unfortunately there’s no magic formula for how to put together a good a cappella arrangement.  To be sure, there are basic things that you need to consider before you get started (see Deke Sharon’s 10 steps to a cappella arranging pamphlet), but once you’re rolling it’s really just a bunch of trial and error.  The good news though is that since arranging is all about learning from your mistakes, anyone with the time and courage to mess up can become a good arranger.

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A Day in the Life

People ask me what it's like to be on tour, and I'm not sure what to say. What do they actually want to know? Sometimes it's the simple, everyday elements that people find interesting.So, although I risk including too much mundane information, here's a typical day in the life on the road.

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Be A Band

Let's say you've just started a new professional group, or have had one for a little while, and are looking for a direction. You've sung some songs you like, emulated your favorite groups, but want to take your sound and career to the next level.I have 3 words of advice for you: Be A Band.Vocal groups are the obvious model for an a cappella group, right? Well, I'm suggesting that mold be broken, and here's why:Vocal groups primarily sing songs written by other people.