A Cappella Dreams

A cappella, Italian for in the style of the church, refers to music for unaccompanied voices. Just a decade ago it was nowhere near the radio dial. Now it’s everywhere: college campuses, Hollywood blockbusters, prime time reality television, and the Grammys. A cappella hasn’t been this big since Gregorian chant. Why has a cappella returned with such a vengeance? We try to find out why in this four part episode.

Songs Discussed

Act 1: Undercover Barbershop, featuring journalist Kevin Roose

  • Buffalo Bills Barbershop Quartet – The Only Girl In The World
  • Dion & The Belmonts – I Wonder Why
  • Barbershoptags.com – I Love to Sing ‘Em
  • The Barbershop Singers – My Wild Irish Rose
  • Buffalo Bills – As Time Goes By
  • Vocal Spectrum – When I See An Elephant Fly
  • OC Times – Come Fly With Me

Act 2: How To Become A Youtube Star In 3 Easy Steps, featuring musician Matthias Harris

Act 3: Sing On / Sing Off featuring Manjula Raman from Element

  • Element – Royals (Lorde a cappella arrangement)
  • Element – Raise Your Glass (Pink a cappella arrangement)

Act 4: A New Golden Era