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 :)

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