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Ben Folds Wants YOU! (if you're a collegiate a cappella group)

The following letter is direct from Ben Folds himself, who has recently become a big fan of collegiate a cappella, to the extent that he'd like to record a CD of his songs as performed by collegiate a cappella groups. This is, of course, fantastic news for the collegiate a cappella world, and fans of collegiate a cappella who will soon see a major label release (scheduled for Spring '09). ___

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What music needs right now is a dose of doo-wop

Sometimes life just feels too complicated. Sometimes contemporary bands just seem far too arch or ironic for their own good and you're left yearning for something simpler. Recently I've been finding aural salvation in the most sugary music ever known: doo-wop. Doo-wop (also spelled doo-wop), enjoyed its heyday from 1953 through to the British Invasion circa 1963 and has been on the vintage jukeboxes of the world ever since. It began life almost solely as vocal-led, black people's music in major inner city strongholds such as New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. Predictably, it was soon co-opted by white artists, labels and DJs, and soon broadened out into nonsensical classics such as the Marcels' Blue Moon - and hit small town America. Read the full article here.

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Danish a cappella group comes to campus

The voices of six men singing in three different European languages will ricochet off of the shell in the Madsen Recital Hall. Basix, a Danish A Cappella group, will perform Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 from the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 801-422-4322 or byutickets.com. The group will perform cover songs along with their own songs. Some of their unique selections are in Danish, English and Turkish. Read the full article here.

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Sisterhood of song: Women's a cappella group going strong in Snohomish

Linda Meyer calls Voices Northwest not just a singing group, but a sisterhood. She joined eight years ago but wished it had been 30. Still, Meyer has sung in Tennessee and Nashville, on cruises to Jamaica and Mexico, and toured Ireland two summers ago. Read the full article here.

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Dick Van Dyke Is Still Vantastix!

It's an "only in Hollywood" story -- or more accurately, only in Malibu -- when Mike Mendyke, a former aerospace engineer and NASA employee, bumped into Dick Van Dyke in a coffee shop back in 2000. Mike's love of music had overcome his engineering desires and he was especially fond of vocal music (a cappella), singing in his own group called Five O'clock Shadow. When he happened to see Dick, he knew it was an opportunity he had to investigate. Read the full article here.