Friday, November 4, 2011
Singing On Steroids
I don't talk about television shows very much because frankly none of them are very good, at least since Seinfeld went off the air. Mostly I watch the evening news and some shows on PBS but that is about it. However, two years I happened to come across the Sing Off already half way through the first season and was blown away.
If you aren't familiar with the Sing Off on NBC, it is a cappella competition where groups compete with no background music. Yeah that sounds real boring which I suppose is why I never caught an episode until halfway through the first year but when I did, I knew I wasn't in Kansas any more. These groups lay down music that bar none, I enjoy much better than the original recorded tracks.
During the second season, a group by the name of Street Corner Symphony took the competition to a whole new level and really set the hook. They ended up placing second to another equally talented group who just didn't sing songs that were as familiar to me but resonated with the public. I thought at the time that no other group of groups could top the second season, that is until the third season arrived.
This season, already half way over, for lack of better words is OFF THE HOOK! Earlier this week while watching the two hour episode via DVR so I can watch it in just over an hour, I actually teared up more than once because the songs they were singing were so awesome. The round this week was all about Superstar Medleys and the groups all delivered. I am very thankful that I am not a judge on that show trying to determine which group to kick off.
By far, my favorite group of this season is Pentatonix which with five people, kicks out the most complex songs I have ever heard. If that weren't enough, their sound is at least ten years into the future of a cappella if everyone got on board with it today. This week they sang a medley of Brittany Spears songs which was mostly lost on me but it certainly was still a pleasure to listen to even if I have never heard the original songs. Another outstanding group which actually moved me to tears last night are the Dartmouth Aires which did a Queen medley that would have made Freddie proud. Their rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody was spot on. Another group the YellowJackets with their large size and evidently years of entertaining experience always blow the roof off the joint when they sing and this week was no exception with their Billy Joel medley. They took something very familiar to me and made it their own in a way so unique, I would rather have their version of the album if they ever made one.
I could go on and on but I won't. But I do ask that perhaps next Monday night if you haven't already done so, tune into the Sing Off and listen to a group or two. I promise you that you have never heard an a capella group like any of these groups.