Dancing in the Rain

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present Rockwall High School Walk the Line performing their original “Dancing in the Rain.”

Super-Sized Groups

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #138: Super-Sized Groups

While a cappella groups with a small number of members can certainly command an audience’s attention and feature distinctive personalities, there’s also something to be said for very large groups. Ensembles with twenty-plus members have the unique capacity to stage less like a traditional singing group, more like the cast of a full-scale musical production. From elaborately choreographed crowd scenes, complete with townspeople in the background, to a deep pool of rotating soloists, super-sized groups can deliver unparalleled power, range, and pure spectacle.

I love it!

Lay Me Down

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present Oregon State University Outspoken performing Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down.”

Singing in a Round

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #137: Singing in a Round

Who among us doesn’t reflect fondly upon childhood sing-alongs of “Row, Row, Row Your Boa?.” It’s a simple, feel-good song, perfect for young people just beginning to learn about music and the world around them.

Coolest of all is the way in which the song lends itself to being sung in a round—and how cool is it the first time you experience music in a round?—that the absence of synchronicity can actually be complex, captivating, haunting, and beautiful.

Such is the feeling when a cappella groups reproduce this effect in the appropriate contemporary song choice, such as the treatment a number of groups gave to Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Chain.”

Singing in a round takes us back to the roots of our love for music, besides rewarding the careful listener with an enchanting experience.

I love it!

The Light That Never Fails

Tuesday Tubin'

This week we present DeKalb High School Enharmonic Fusion performing Andra Day’s “The Light That Never Fails."

A Radical Arrangement

200 Reasons To Love A Cappella

Reason #136: A Radical Arrangement

The last decade has seen the a cappella palate multiply several times over. While industrial rock and hip-hop performances were groundbreaking at one time, it’s no longer particularly novel to hear covers of music by Muse or Usher at a college a cappella show. In an era when very few song choices are shocking in and of themselves, groups have still found ways to dazzle, surprise, and impress audiences via genuinely creative takes on existing art.

Consider Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence.” A song most longstanding a cappella fans have heard covered ad infinitum. The kind of song selection we tend to roll our eyes at not out of any malice toward the group itself, but because, well, we’re a little bored.

Then, consider what The Stanford Harmonics did with the song in 2009:

or Cherry Hill High School East’s re-interpretation in 2013:

Through creative arrangement and performance, these groups made a classic song their own and reinvented it for their audiences resulting in something that may have been even cooler than a creative song choice, but rather turning every listener’s expectations on their head to find innovation within tradition.

I love it!

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Dancing in the Rain
Super-Sized Groups
Lay Me Down
Singing in a Round
The Light That Never Fails
A Radical Arrangement
Zombie
Mocking Women Isn’t Funny
Death of a Bachelor
When the Staging Emulates the Music Video
Same Drugs
5 Takeaways from Varsity Vocals’ First Open Finals
Wait for the Moment
Remembering How You Know a Song
River Ghost
Seeing a Group Transform On Stage and Off
Blood Bank/The Wolves
When a Group Squeezes an Extra Song Into Its Competition Set
You Know You Like It
The First Time You Hear a Song After You’ve Heard It A Cappella
EDM Mashup
Watching the Crowd Grow at a Public Show
The Influence of A Cappella
Writing's on the Wall
Top 10 A Cappella Records From The 20th Century
Hearing a Song That Just Came Out on the Radio
People
A Sold-Out Crowd
River
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