200 Reasons to Love A Cappella: Groups That Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously

For the uninitiated, it can be difficult to understand why people love a cappella. Heck, even for those of us who do actively enjoy it, it can be difficult to put into words why we enjoy this art form so. While we’ll never have a truly comprehensive list of everything cool about a cappella, 200 Reasons to Love A Cappella is our best attempt at assembling a list of what makes it great.

Reason #72: Groups That Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously

Over the years, competition seems to have become the dominant driving force in scholastic a cappella. That’s all good, but in a paradigm that celebrates singing to rubric, it’s easy to lose the fun of the form.

That’s where groups that don’t take themselves too seriously breathe fresh air into the community. Whether it’s Drexel University’s 8 to the Bar slamming home the vocals on “Whoomp! (There It Is)” in 2012, Syracuse University Main Squeeze boogeying on down to “Age of Aquarius” in 2007, or The Amherst College Zumbyes’ tradition of performing high caliber, fully-choreographed songs with one of their group members dressed in a banana costume, these acts lighten the mood and help us all remember that a cappella is about far more than winning awards and achieving perfect intonation—it’s about having a good time with good friends.

I love it!

CD Review: Forte Uncharted Heart

This winter, Forte, out of Centreville High School released an all original album titled Uncharted Heart. A cappella fans might remember that Forte put out another all-original album in 2012--Life’s So Lyrical. And fans may be encouraged to hear that this album is no less carefully constructed, creative, and musically brilliant. Carefully recorded by Plaid Productions, mixed by Ed Boyer, and mastered by Dave Sperandio, this group has compiled another dazzler of an album.

Tuesday Tubin': Bang Bang

Each Tuesday, The A Cappella Blog presents a link to a scholastic a cappella performance, or related material, that we recommend to you.

We welcome clip suggestions from anyone who would like to submit them.

This week, we present The Belmont University Beltones performing “Bang Bang,” originally by Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J.

Social Networking: Your Group Website

With the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and like sites, a number of groups have stopped paying attention to their group website in favor handling business through these more standardized formats. There is some merit to paying greater attention to a social networking platform that people are already on, rather than trying to direct traffic to a separate website. This practice allows a group to push content to users rather than waiting for them to come to it, and it narrows the number of sites a group has to manage and update.