I think we all have something we nerd-out over. One of my weaknesses is a capella. I grew up Southern Baptist and in some ways my entire musical aesthetic is driven by the sounds of my childhood: the choir, of course, and also gospel quartets. Every Sunday I’d get up and flip to WXII for the weekly quartet show before church.
Modern a capella comes from a similar place, I think, and I can’t help my fascination with the things that the human voice can do – especially a collective of human voices. I freakin’ loved The Sing-Off, despite the fact that it was hosted by Nick Lachey and employed the utterly talentless Nicole Scherzinger as a judge and by the last season it had slaved itself to the whims of the corporate factory pop machine.
I have a pretty over-the-top playlist on Spotify, and while I don’t love everything on it, I periodically crank it up and let my nerd flag fly. So for our ArtsWeek festivities I thought I’d share it with you. First, though, here’s Home Free with “Ring of Fire.” They won season 4 of The Sing-Off, and Tim Foust was not only the best bass singer I think I’ve ever heard (and one of the best in any style or voice range), he was hands-down the best singer period that season.
Also, remember the band Sheriff? They hit #1 with the ultimate ass-grabbing slow-dance power ballad “When I’m With You” in 1989. That song, if you recall, featured lead singer Freddy Curci hitting a note at the end so high only dogs could hear it and holding it for three days.
Ever wonder what Freddy is up to these days?
And now, the playlist. Enjoy.