Sunday, March 23, 2008

Tin ears

If you have any show biz friends or acquaintances, you know the scenario: They hijack the dinner/cocktail party/any occasion to perform. Whether or not anyone asks.

At a family funeral a few years back, a woman (a wannabe Broadway playah) got up and sang. Badly.

This NYT story on the insidiousness that is a capella nails this show-folks problem.

Money quote:

"Taken to an extreme, dislike and mistrust of a cappella has even led to violence: a 2007 fight outside a New Year’s Eve party in San Francisco — instigated, allegedly, by an impromptu performance of the national anthem by the Baker’s Dozen, a men’s a cappella group from Yale — sent several members to the hospital."

Huzzah to the anti a capella vigilantes.

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