This is a fun video!
My dad sings bass and has near perfect pitch. He's always wanted to join a Barber Shop Quartet, and did sing with one briefly about 15 years ago. I'm sure that it was his dedication to singing that initially introduced me to a cappella.
Although I cannot sing without accompaniment, and even with it I'm sketchy, I lovelovelove to listen to a cappella groups. Men, women, mixed. Love it all.
When I was about nine my mom took me to see an a cappella group performing at the local intermediate school. They had a large auditorium because the school building used to be the high school. The high school was right next door so they actually shared some of the amenities. In any case, this group was performing at the intermediate school and my mom figured that we all needed to see them.
I can remember asking Mom what we were there for and she sort of explained that the group was going to sing a cappella, with no instruments. This perplexed me. I had no idea what to expect.
Then they began singing.
Music and noise and wonder bounced off the stage, sank under my skin, and made a home in my heart.
I love a cappella.
What an amazing instrument the human voice can be! Done correctly, a cappella is one of the most challenging, but rewarding, vocal styles. I can't seem to get enough!
Oh that I were gifted and could sing the same note twice! I'd be forming a group tonight and singing on to the morning light.