Monday, December 6, 2010

Finally, a Reality Competition Show Tailor-Made for ME!

That's right, folks, I'm talking about the Sing-Off!  All my musical nerdiness came to the fore this evening as I watched a capella group after a capella group perform.  The harmonies, the cheesy dance moves, the backup singing and the extreme use of dynamics - it brought back memories of my choral and a capella days back in college.

And, for once, I actually enjoyed the judges comments more often than not.  Ben Folds might be my new hero.  I saw him in concert once, but had no idea he was such a major musical nerd.  His feedback was specific and useful, which I appreciated.  Nicole whatever her name was a little reminiscent of Paul Abdul, and definitely grated at times, but she actually provided real feedback on occasion, which was refreshing.  Although, she did use the phrase "musical orgasm" to describe the reaction of the third judge, Shawn Stockman (from Boyz II Men - my favorite group in 7th grade).  I'm just not sure how I feel about that phrase...

A few highlights:
A group from Berkley School of Music in Boston who made it pretty clear that they thought they were hot stuff, and then they performed and really weren't.  And then, they were the first to get booted.  The one group from a music school?  That is just awesome!

Jerry Lawson and Talk of the Town - Jerry Lawson was a member of the Persuasions for 40 years.  I mean really, this group is kind of the original.  It was nice to see the purity of pop a capella.

Then was the Gospel group that performed at the end, Committed.  They had never really performed pop music, but they pretty much blew everyone else out of the water.  They performed a Maroon 5 song in a way that may have made it better than the original. They were the group that led to the supposed musical orgasm.

My one complaint about the show was the lack of all female groups.  There were several all male groups - in fact, I would say the majority of the groups were all men.  But women were sorely under-represented.  But I think I'll get over it.

So, with my newly acquired DVR, I will be recording and watching all five episodes of this show and reveling in my musical nerdiness.  Is anyone else joining me on this one?

1 comment:

  1. I haven't seen the show, but I do know that BYU's all female group Noteworthy competed on it last season and I think they did well? Maybe you could google it?


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