A Capella Then And Now

Those close to me know that I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music. Here, "wide variety" does not mean that the songs I listen to change each week when the radio's Top 40 list does. It means that I pick up music suggestions from books and magazines I read, from the people I talk to, from TV/movies that I watch, and then compile a list of songs that define "good music" for me.

What I mean, genre is not important, the song just has to evoke a certain feeling.
So, when I saw this music video last night, it made me smile:


I was particularly impressed because The Overtones (who I had never heard of before) were an acapella group. There are few things that shout "this is good music!" more loudly to me than an acapella group.
In South Africa, we have Flip A Coin and Navi Redd, a few years back the world was introduced to Naturally 7, and of course we all know Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

After the chorus of this song, though, I felt like I had heard it before, so I turned to my trusty friend Google.

Billy Joel (don't pretend you don't know the man behind Piano Man) did it first, and this video is from 1984:


I'm glad The Overtones did a cover that was so true to the original. I mean, in this day and age, people are too quick to speed up a song, put it to some insane drum and bass beat, then call it a "remix".

Radio is great, and we could debate the merits and the shortcomings of music TV for hours on end, but I think I'd still pick going to see a live a capella show over most things today. Maybe it's something to do with the fact that I'm from a small town...?


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