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No Surprises

About Cape Harmony, music mondays


So a cappella has pretty much swallowed up my life. Which is good! But it’s also why I missed music monday last week, the first time since its inception in November. We held Cape Harmony auditions last weekend which basically took over my whole Friday/Saturday/Sunday–I didn’t even realize I hadn’t planned a music monday until late Monday night. Ah well. Though stressful, it was a nice weekend with my girls, a lot of whom I hadn’t even seen since the summer!

And I just got home tonight from rehearsal for the new group we’re starting in Boston, Sweet Caroline. Woo! We learned Real Love by Mary J and it’s going to be sick. Anyway, this is related to this music monday because I decided to just pull together a one-woman a cappella recording. It’s of Radiohead’s No Surprises, a song I arranged several years ago but have since lost. I definitely remembered bits of it, but mostly it’s just me having fun with reverb and all that jazz. Hopefully it’s not too weird for everyone–I’ll love pretty much any rendition of any Radiohead song, so I’m happy with it.

No Surprises


High and Dry

About Cape Harmony, music mondays


So this week got a little crazy (I’m doing the 9 to 5 thing, plus working Saturdays and Sundays in Gloucester) so this week’s Music Monday is from the archives. I also don’t have internet at my apartment so I’m just blogging at work after hours. So cool. (And I don’t have TV which makes me a super-hermit.)

Anyway, this video is from Cape Harmony 2010, back when I was blonde, of Radiohead’s High and Dry. This song was my baby in 2010–I already posted my baby from 2011, Ring Them Bells. One of my favorite things to do in a cappella arranging is put snippets of other songs in the mix. This is one I think I pulled off pretty well. I’m not a huge fan of guitar solos in a cappella, unless you’re willing to go totally ridiculous. So for the bridge, a guitar solo section, I put in “True Love Waits,” “Like Spinning Plates,” and “Fake Plastic Trees,” three other Radiohead songs. They’re not exact quotes, but I’m very happy with the way they fit together, ultimately. In fact, the rehearsal I taught this song in wound up having one of my most important musical director moment–one of the girls started crying while learning it. (!) And if there’s one thing I want to accomplish, it’s making people cry.

Just kidding :)


Ring Them Bells

About Cape Harmony, music mondays


From the archives: Here is Cape Harmony 2011 performing Bob Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells”… This is the last song we learned this summer, and one of my parent’s favorite songs, so it was awesome to arrange it. I’m definitely happy with how it came out, especially as a live recording. Enjoy!
Ring Them Bells


August update

About band, Cape Harmony


So apparently I’m not so good at this whole blogging thing. Anyway…

Life has been pretty non-stop at the Cape Harmony house. Work, sing, sleep, repeat. We sing shows Tuesday through Friday, plus rehearsals on Saturdays and Mondays, so it’s pretty much the most intensive singing schedule I’ve ever had. It also leaves me not very much time for other musical activities, so my songwriting has sort of taken a nose dive (having the keyboard next to the TV in a house full of 10 girls is not very conducive to private piano-playing time, surprise!) I did start working on something the other day that I’ve been formulating for a while, and I’m pretty happy with it. “Escape Artist.” We’ll see.

We had a private show in Gloucester last night, and the Cougarbait also played, which was both awesome and interesting for me. Switching between the mindsets of a cappella and the band has been strange so far, and to cram it into one night definitely highlighted the differences between them, as well as how much I enjoy them for their own reasons. The fact that it’s already the first week in August is nuts… I’m both super excited to play consistently with the band again, and SUPER dreading moving away from these girls who’ve I’ve grown to love. But if wanting to be in two places at once is my biggest problem, I should probably STFU about it. #whitegirlproblems?

Still haven’t announced Umtitled on facebook because I’m nervous/embarrassed to have people read this shit. I know. I’m lame.