23. February 2019 · Comments Off on Goodnight · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, Choral

Here, have a Norwegian Lullaby tonight, arranged by Gunnar Eriksson
Stellenbosch University Choir; André van der Merwe , Conductor

This brings back memories of playing the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy as the movies played. That was, as it turns out, a once in a lifetime experience for me, and it was one that I will never forget. (There are so many of those “once in a lifetime” events and I only now am realizing what that means. Sometime I’ll have to make a list of them, I suppose.)

May It Be
Songwriters: Howard Leslie Shore / Nicky Ryan / Roma Shane Ryan / Ethne Patricia Brennan

24. June 2018 · Comments Off on And one more … · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal · Tags: ,

… totally different, and something I posted in the past, I’m sure. But I need this today. I heartily recommend turning the sound up. (After the singing is over, though, there is talking and unless you understand German you might decide to hit stop.)

Anton Bruckner: Os Justi Meditabitur Sapientiam
Bavarian Radio Chorus

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
The law of his God is in his heart: and his feet do not falter.

24. June 2018 · Comments Off on Some Sunday Afternoon Music For You · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

I used to listen to Take 6 all the time. I need to get back to listening to these guys. I’m absolutely amazed by the harmony … I don’t know how they do what they do!

(Update: I wasn’t reading what I posted until after: this is from 1990. Looking at a newer video they have … well … they’ve grown up. Kind of like other people. Except me, of course.)

From the YouTube page:

From the Philharmonie in Munich,
The a capella gospel music sextet Take 6 in concert

Mark Kibble – first tenor
Claude V. McKnight – first tenor
Cedrik Dent – baritone
David Thomas – second tenor
Mervyn Warren – second tenor
Alvin Chea – vocal bass

Take 6 – 6 to 1

Live performance at the Philharmonie in Munich at the Klaviersommer 1990 with the fabulous vocalists Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight, Cedrik Dent, David Thomas, Mervyn Warren, and Alvin Chea.

07. June 2018 · Comments Off on More Vocal Music · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

A Worshiper and a Man by Timothy C. Takach and CORO Vocal Artists

(**Careful … after the song ends there’s an annoying bit of noise! You might want to turn off your speakers!)


The livid lightnings flashed in the clouds;
The leaden thunders crashed.
A worshipper raised his arm.
“Hearken! Hearken! The voice of God!”

“Not so,” said a man.
“The voice of God whispers in the heart
So softly
That the soul pauses,
Making no noise,
And strives for these melodies,
Distant, sighing, like faintest breath,
And all the being is still to hear.”

– Stephen Crane

06. June 2018 · Comments Off on Just Sing! · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, vocal

I do not have a good singing voice. But I sing, and my heart always hurts a little when my students say they don’t sing at all. I think it helps us with our oboe playing. Besides, it brings great joy! Not every choir is perfect. But o join in song with a group is really a wonderful thing.

You can see that these young men are so into what they are doing. I love it!

And now goodnight.

Jay Giallombardo: Sure on this Shining Night
Diocesan Boys School Choir

09. March 2018 · Comments Off on Hard Times Come Again No More · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

Okay … turn up the volume. Blast it out, if you’d like, as the Swingle Singers sing Hard Times Come Again No More.

Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears,
While we all sup sorrow with the poor;
There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
Hard Times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
There are frail forms fainting at the door;
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

There’s a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away,
With a worn heart whose better days are o’er:
Though her voice would be merry, ’tis sighing all the day,
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

‘Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
‘Tis a wail that is heard upon the shore
‘Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave
Oh! Hard times come again no more.

James Deignan: Et Innocentum (from Hildegard von Bingen’s Rex noster pomptus est)
Luther College Nordic Choir; Andrew Last, Conductor

Our King stands ready
to accept the life-blood of the Innocents.
Let angels sing and sound praises
while the clouds grieve over that same blood.

However the Tyrant is suffocated
in heavy sleep by his own malice.

And the clouds grieve over that same blood.

Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

As the clouds grieve over that same blood.

21. February 2018 · Comments Off on Let My Love Be Heard · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

Jake Runestad: Let My Love Be Heard
UNT A Cappella Choir

A Prayer
by Alfred Noyes
Angels, where you soar
Up to God’s own light,
Take my own lost bird
On your hearts tonight;
And as grief once more
Mounts to heaven and sings,
Let my love be heard
Whispering in your wings.

17. November 2017 · Comments Off on Why This Appeals So Much To Me · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™

First, they sing well. I like the arrangement. I can understand every word.

But mostly? Look at this group: it’s not all just heavily made up young people. It’s a group of singers of ALL ages and many different looks.

I especially love the variety of ages … being [ahem] a woman of the older generation. (If you are younger you won’t know how bizarre it is to write that: inside I still feel like a kid. Time is weird.)

The group, “Greg is Back” is from Germany, in case you wondered.