Tag: acapella

Acapella Recital

Friends of this blog know I have taken voice lessons for 7 years and twice a year we have a recital (one at Christmas, one in May).  At first I dreaded the recitals but they became something I enjoyed, something I was actually kind of good at.  I’m not the greatest singer in the world but I think I’m a pretty good performer.  If I was a better dancer I could probably get a part in a show (something I would love to do one of these days)

Anyway, after 7 years you start to get a little bored doing the broadway cannon of songs and I’ve branched out to Jazz (At Last), Pop (Gravity), Standards (Over the Rainbow, Moon River), and Christian Pop (Blessings).

I have improved over the years and that has given me great satisfaction.  For a playlist of my songs check out https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7wz447AgL4yLi3QunNeb8ivkge07GdRT

What I had never done is try to sing acapella.  Always looking for a challenge I decided to give it a go.  I happened to be talking with a girl on twitter about songs that might be interesting acoustically and I suggested Billy Joel’s The Longest Time, which has been a favorite song of mine for many years. When I was in college a girl had a guy serenade her with the song and I thought it was the most romantic thing I’d ever seen.  (hint, hint boys!).

As I was talking about it I realized it would be the perfect song to attempt acapella because it was written as a du-wop acapella song.  I worked on it and honestly memorizing it was the hardest part because the verses were easily to jumble together.  I had it together to surprise people at master class in April and then worked on it some more in May.

I went on my trip and all the sudden started to feel nervous that I would mess things up.  I even messaged my teacher to see if I should sing Be Still My Soul which I had just performed.  She encouraged me to stick with Longest Time and so I practiced as much as I could and came up with a little percussion using a jar and spoon to help me with the song (and made it sort of a vacation feel I thought).

I was oddly not as nervous as I could stop and start, change things around if I had too.  Acapella may be the improv of singing!

Well, this is how it turned out.  Unfortunately the video doesn’t ever show my face (stupid on my part on who I asked to film and where they were seated).  So just listen and enjoy.

I’m not a professional singer by any means.  It is just for fun so don’t be too hard on me.  Hope you enjoy it!

Sing Off: Vocal Point

As I mentioned in my fall TV review I have gotten totally hooked on this season of The Sing Off.  It is an acapella singing competition where the singers have to be everything- the band, accompaniment, leads, everything with their voices.  This is the third season of the show but I had never watched it before but this season they got a new judge- my favorite Sara Barielles.

They also got my old favorite Vocal Point- a BYU institution for 20 years.  I used to love going to Acapellafest on campus each year and hearing Vocal Point among other talented local acapella groups.  Now they have made it on to the show, the Sing Off on NBC.  Each one of their performances (with possibly the exception of hip-hop week) has been great! They are fun, energetic and can’t help but make you smile.

In my opinion I think they are much better than any of the other groups.  Certainly more entertaining!  Petnatonix is looking strong but I prefer Vocal Point.  The truth is I am completely partial to anything BYU.  Just like with the American Olympic team, I want us to win everything!  The thing I wish I could tell people is there are tons of groups like Vocal Point in Utah (they had an entire Acapellafest every year if that tells you something!).

There is so much musical talent at BYU.  All the choirs, musical theater, acapella, battle of the bands are great!  I feel privileged to be an alumni of such an awesome school with so many honorable, wonderful people.  I am sure every school has their bad apples but so many of the BYU graduates I have interacted with over the years have been awesome, outstanding individuals.  (we also have created a few good football and basketball players over the years!)

Plus, how terrific is it that they have group prayer and express their faith on national TV?  So great!

This was from the most recent episode:

Singing Elvis! (I swear they get the best song choices each week).

My favorite of all their performances.  I was swooning along with Sara!

Footloose! Kick off your Sunday shoes (ironic for a BYU group!)

I never thought I would like a Justin Bieber song but I just love this!

If you haven’t gotten into it watch the Sing Off on Monday evenings.  (It broke into my Monday slot. That took some work!).  My only criticism is all the judges are so nice.  It can be a bit startling when they vote someone off because they have just said all these nice things about them.

Still, I love it!