Merry Christmas, one and all! Here’s one of my favorite acapella groups to help us celebrate this glorious day! Peace and love to all as we remember the reason for the season!
Posts Tagged ‘Singing’
Happy Friday! Yes, the new Star Wars movie has been out for a couple of weeks, but here are a few a cappella versions the Star Wars theme/medley that will definitely get us geared up for the weekend! And, if by chance you are one of the many who have not yet seen the movie, perhaps this will be the impetus you need. May the Force be with you! Enjoy!
Hey Spartan Fans, did you know that the Michigan State University Fight Song is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year? To commemorate this most auspicious occasion, the first-ever Spartan Virtual Choir is being assembled to “group sing” the fight song. Here’s a link to the webpage with all of the details and instructions for you to get involved. And, while you still have time to add your voice to the virtual choir, I wouldn’t delay too long, the final deadline is August 12th. This is going to be awesome. Go Green!
Here is something that you will probably not see very often in a library . . . beautifully done . . . and the patrons don’t seem overly upset over the slight disruption to their endeavors. Hmm, is it time to start planning one of these in our library? What a nice way to break the tedium of your research.
I have always been a huge fan of a capella singing. Here’s a fresh take on Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. Oh, rattle that bass!
What do you get when you combine an a capella vocal group with a tribute to “Queen?” You get the Voca People, a phenomenal group singing a medley built around “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Enjoy!
Happy Wednesday one and all! Now that we have made it to the middle of the week, perhaps you are needing some inspiration . . . something to make you smile and to get you to the end of the week. Hopefully this will do the trick (it did for me). Here is a flash mob presentation of “Brindisi” from the opera La Traviata (by the Opera Company of Philadelphia). This one takes place in the Reading Terminal Market. I’ve posted one other flash mob (“Do, Re, Mi” from The Sound of Music — in Antwerp, Belgium) previously; it always seems to have a way to lift my spirits. So, sit back and enjoy, and have a great week!
Here is a wonderful Choral piece entitled “Goin’ to Bethlehem,” by Jay Althouse. This version is your standard SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass), but our church choir is working on an arrangement that features just the male voices: TTBB (Tenor I, Tenor II, Baritone, and Bass). Not only is this a fun piece to listen to, it is really fun to sing. While I am normally relegated to singing strictly bass lines, I’m being allowed to sing the Baritone part on this one and I’m really having a great time.
“In the manner of the chapel,” from cappella “chapel.” Originally in reference to older church music (pre-1600) which was written for unaccompanied voices; applied 20th century to unaccompanied vocal music generally.
I ran across a photograph on the Eastern Michigan University‘s “Music and Music Research” Research Guide page (on their library website). It was unattributed but is believed to be a photo taken by Euguene Atget, Andre Kertesz, or maybe August Sander — no one seems to know (EMU staff attempted to determine provenance unsuccessfully); I’ve come up empty as well. It is a fantastic photograph nonetheless.
“I don’t sing because I’m happy, I’m happy because I sing!” (William James)
Rehearsals have begun, but additional singers are needed for all parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass). And while you are at it, mark your calendars for the Spring concert of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Tulsa! May 5, 2009, 7:00 PM, Sharp Chapel on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
The tentative program (not yet in program order):
Praise the Lord (traditional Cameroon melody) – in French
Erev Shel Shoshanim – in Hebrew
Dravidian Dithyramb – in Hindu (Indian)
Muie Rendera – in Portuguese
Geographicl Fugue – in English
Arroz con Leche – in Spanish
Mouth Music – in Celtic
J’entendsle moulin – in French
Dance the Horah – in Hebrew
Jasmine Flower – in Chinese
Minoi, Minoi – in Samoan
Chen Yi – in Chinese
Three Japanese Folksongs – in Japanese
Seems ambitious to me, but we always manage to get where we need to be. This semester will definitely stretch me a bit.