Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Capella

I had no idea what a cappella (or a capella) was until I got to college; I had never even heard of it before. But during orientation I saw several singing groups performing my favorite songs WITHOUT instruments. I never knew a human voice could make so many sounds! I was immediately hooked, and when my first-year roommate joined the Dodecaphonics (or "Dodecs"), I went to EVERY one of her shows. And when the Dartmouth Aires were on the show "The Sing-Off," I had to watch. And it was there that I discovered Pentatonix. This small group of five singers has big sound, and their arrangements are beyond unique. I saw them perform last night at The Fillmore, and they were just as great in person. If you've never heard an a cappella group perform, or haven't listened to these particular groups, you definitely should check them out!

Here are some YouTube links:
The Dodecs-
1. Insomniac: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT_XsKTOldU
2. You Oughta Know: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO9O6kV9GFg
3. Tempted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLDd_XEFtq4
The Aires:
1. Queen Medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJasmvWmaSA
2. LOTS of videos on their website: http://www.dartmouthaires.com/video/
1. Video Killed the Radio Star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JC3db0rEus
2. As Long as You Love Me/Wide Awake: http://www.ptx-official.com/?page=video&gallery_id=&video_id=4237&filter=
3. Gangnum Style: http://www.ptx-official.com/?page=video&gallery_id=&video_id=4233&filter=

And see if there are any local a cappella groups near you! They're so much fun to watch, and if you sing, you could try to join, too!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the Dodecs shoutout! I'm actually seeing PTX on Thursday and am looking forward to having my mind blown!