At the crossroads of Off-Broadway, a capella, and Gavin Creel, there's plenty of hope.
By David Cotrone (Writer)
I’ve always been a sucker for a good voice, which is why probably why I scour Youtube for more videos of Gavin Creel than I’d like to admit. But there's a reason why his voice makes me, well, ummm, excited. For me, the best voices are the ones that don't give me a choice besides listening. That's why I’m talking a capella groups, bands of singers who cover popular songs without any musical accompaniment. Below are a few gems:
1. "The Only One For Me" by UNC’s Clef Hangers.
Is that Anoop Desai? Why yes. In fact, the Anoop Desai. The Noopster. The Noopty Loops. The Granddaddy of Funk. No doubt his voice will melt the Arctic quicker than global warming.
2. "Like A Prayer" by Straight No Chaser.
Even more proof of why this is one of the best songs to sing in the shower.
3. "End of Time" by Pentatonix.
Now, unfortunately, some "critics" claim that recent theatre is sort of lackluster, flecked with dirt, and in need of some serious Windex. Well, SUCK ON THIS, NAYSAYERS: just think about recent dares such as In Transit. Off-Broadway in 2010, the musical is set in the subways of New York. Cool? Real cool, as it’s done completely in a capella. (YUP.)
What I’m saying? Broadway might be going heavy on adaptations and revivals, but you can't forget its beautiful, innovative cousins. That just ain't fair. At any rate, if anyone's got their hands on any What Would Gavin Do? bracelets, please know that I’m willing to pay. Handsomely.
DAVID COTRONE is from Plymouth, MA. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Thought Catalog, Paper Darts, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He's the Editor of Used Furniture Review, a literary magazine, and the Moderator of Clamp, a space for thought. www.davidcotrone.com