200 Reasons To Love A Cappella: Thank You

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 #54: Thank You

I shudder to speculate just how many groups have covered Boyz II Men’s 1995 hit “Thank You” over the years. It’s a bit too new school to be called traditional, but in contemporary a cappella’s ascent over the last decade and change it has, without question, become a standard.

And it has become a standard with good reason. You take a song that is, itself, a cappella, but also cool and borderline hip hop, fill it up with harmonies, lead vocals that shift multiple times to accommodate multiple soloists, and vocal percussion built right into the song—it just begs for groups to make it their own. It’s always a treat when groups pull this out to rouse the crowd late in a show for the combined effect of showcasing the talents of the group and saying thank you to the audience.

I love it!

Tuesday Tubin'; Gold Digger

Each Tuesday, The A Cappella Blog presents a link to a collegiate 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 Florida State University Acabelles performing Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.”

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella: Good Old A Cappella

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 #53: Good Old A Cappella

They’re singin’ that good old a cappella and it sounds so sweet…

CD Review: Mister Tim The Funky Introvert

Mister Tim is often billed as a one-man vocal band, and it is pretty remarkable to consider that all the sounds in The Funky Introvert were performed, recorded, and produced by just one person. While he’s been involved in quite a few projects, including a cappella comedy outfit Moose Butter and with-instruments band Delilah’s Revenge, Mister Tim may have found his most unique voice in this one-man form, combining a diverse oral toolkit with real skill in looping to produce a pretty remarkable act. While much of Mister Tim’s previous work has been comedic or rooted in covers, The Funky Introvert marks a departure into all-original music, without playing for laughs. I’m pleased to say the experiment is by and large a success.

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella: Tours

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 #52: Tours