Happy National Barbershop Quartet Day!
Celebrating National Barbershop Quartet Day, here is a recent blog post from one of our a cappella experts…
Guest Blogger: Deke Sharon is the co-author (with Dylan Bell) of A Cappella Arranging. The following is an excerpt from his blog on Casa.org. Please pay them a visit for more a cappella news and discussions from Deke.
BOSS: A Little Bit Of Magic
It doesn’t make sense, at least on paper.
A cappella is at its best when precise, when clean and rich; an impressive, well balanced array of sounds akin to popular music with instruments.
Why then would I get up on stage and perform music I haven’t rehearsed? Music I perhaps don’t even know?
Well, it all started a decade ago in a town called Bremerhaven in Northern Germany. The House Jacks were performing for a packed club (“Pumpwerk,” a former waterworks of some kind), at which we were told a couple hundred of the attendees were all from the same company.
Northern Germans speak English better than most Americans (!), so we conduct our entire show in English, joking with the crowd between songs, and I recall the banter that night was particularly cheeky, probably due to the audiences obvious inebriation. Garth, our tenor at the time, stepped forward and said “our next song will be” and someone from the audience yelled “Great Balls of Fire!”
“It will be…” and the song requests kept coming. Couldn’t finish the sentence. So, when someone yelled out “James Brown I Feel Good” we said “Fine!”, playing along with the joke.
And you know what? It was pretty good. So we took another request. And another. And the audience went WILD.
To read keep reading this article, visit this blog post on Casa.org!
The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun. A Cappella Arranging is a good textbook – and a “good read” – for every vocal arranger, whether amateur or professional; every vocal music classroom, and any professional recording studio.
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