Arts and Culture

A CAPELLA UPDATE

MAXINE MARCUS

STAFF WRITER

   It’s been a while, but a capella is still going strong at Pinewood.   

  During lunch on Fridays, I quickly eat enough to last me until the end of school, and then proceed to learn the complex parts for the new songs that we are tackling in a capella.

  Tackling this music is more than just learning our individual parts, as we must
attempt to perfectly blend our voices. A capella may seem easy when done by a professional group, but let me be the one to tell you that it is not nearly that simple. Creating many different sounds that imitate musical instruments is quite hard. We must work through the struggles of confusion over parts, pitch perfection, perfect timing, and synchronization.

    It’s not like achieving the sounds of instruments using only our voices is impossible, but it does take intense practice. Personally, I do have a lot of music experience, as I have grown up in a family that is completely immersed in the music culture. My parents are part of their own band, and I have been singing, playing, and writing music since I can remember. Even with my experience, I still find it incredibly hard to tackle the parts in the songs that we perform.

    Even though it’s extremely hard to nail the material that we are working on, whether it’s the Pentatonix rendition of Daft Punk or the Sugar Plum Fairy, we still feel an unbelievable amount of achievement.

  Being able to completely focus on singing and sound is incredibly calming for me. With a capella, I find peace in singing with everybody and hearing our parts mesh as one. There are not many feelings that can beat nailing an extremely difficult song, ultimately creating a sound that strikes you all the way to the core.

   That is why a capella is so fun for me. We work through songs, confusion, and stretch our comfort zones vocally. But, in the end, we can find our sound and feel an incredible high just from singing together.

   A capella is also just really fun. I love being with the others in the group and just sitting around while eating before rehearsal, talking about music and what not. To many, long conversations about music may not be as interesting. With the people in my a capella group, however, there is no shortage of love and interest for music.

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