Archive | March, 2011

VoCALnation Review (Pt 2): The People

This post is dedicated to Martha. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Dave Brown spoke at VoCALnation this past weekend about preparing a bad ass live show. Using a diagram from Tom Jackson, Dave pointed out “The Moment” during a performance. Once you’ve grabbed your audience – you’ve wow’d them, made them laugh, made them clap […]

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VoCALnation Review (Pt 1): The Masterclasses

I feel it necessary to formulate my experiences at VoCALnation in the style of an a cappella performance. During the week, I sat in on Dave Brown’s “Badass Live Show” master class (which I’m sure I will highlight later in the week). He touched on the natrual ebb and flow that a show should have to really […]

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Acaoverload: My VCN Hangover

As some of you may already know, I was blessed with the opportunity to attend CASA/CAL’s first annual VoCALnation event in New York City, New York this past weekend. For those of you who missed it, you’ll definitely want to catch it the next time around. This was an amazing event full of incredibly revealing master […]

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Utilizing Tempo With Arranging – Taking It Slow

I mentioned in a previous entry about the different methods of arranging for a cappella, or at least the different methods that I believe exist. While I was listening to Van Morrison, I started thinking about the different ways that you can modify an original song to make it your own – song reinvention. I also read […]

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Thanks For A Great Weekend!

Today is going to be a short entry because, unfortunately, I have a life outside of a cappella – work, grad school, etc. It tends to get in the way when I’d much rather be doing a cappella stuff! Anyway, yesterday, I filled my blog talking about a single moment during the amazing a cappella […]

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I Cried to a Coldplay Song

I spent the bulk of my weekend at the SingStrong event in Reston, VA. Friday night after work, I sat in traffic on 495 in fierce anticipation of arriving at South Lakes High School (the fierceness, of course, protruding from a select finger which I waved fiercely at the traffic). Of course, all the non-verbal communication (and […]

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Song Replication vs Song Reinvention

I think if you generalize on a high level, you’d find that there are really only two types of arrangements in the a cappella world. The first brand I call replication. These would be pieces that attempt to imitate or replicate the original song using voices instead of instruments. This is the purest form of a […]

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Life as an A Cappella Fanboy

I was driving home last night from the coffee shop after a few good hours of studying and some time spent on here blogging about SingStrong. I reminisced about the good times I’ve had in the a cappella world, thinking about some of the performances I’ve had, solos few I’ve sung, concerts I’ve gone to, […]

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SingStrong… You Goin?

So I finally got around to it… I bought my Not-So-All-Weekend Pass to this weekend’s SingStrong in Reston, VA – I’ll be missing out on the big Saturday Night Concert with Street Corner Symphony :-(.  If you haven’t heard of SingStrong and you are in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area, you really should check this out.  It is a huge, weekend-long, […]

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Rock(apella) Band: Bringing A Cappella to Gaming

I can describe myself in many ways. I’m an IT guy and a computer nerd. I’m a drama geek and a choir boy. I’m a son, a friend, a brother, and a whole slew of other things, but most of all, I describe myself two ways – I am a gamer, and I am a […]

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