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…

I must confess, long before I became an a cappella fan in earnest, I became a fan of this standard, as performed by the Boston College Heightsmen. I caught the sound of the rich harmonies, the smooth solo, and, of course, the celebration of a cappella in and of itself.

This classic song remains an a cappella go-to piece—the purest representation of the form itself that combines old school sensibilities with the timeless message of how music—and particularly a cappella—bonds people together.

I love it!

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

Tuesday Tubin': Samson

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 University of Rochester After Hours performing Regina Spektor’s “Samson.”

For Your Own Good: Selling Your Personal Brand While Helping the Group

Most singers want to be stars. As much as we may sing for the sheer beauty of music and may be prepared to put the good of the group ahead of our own self interests, there will remain a part of us that wants be recognized for what we, as individuals do particularly well.

So how do we show off our best stuff—establishing ourselves in the public eye—while not appearing to be a prima donna or otherwise taking away from the group as a whole?