Monday, January 7, 2013

Music Mondays: Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect's Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, and Rebel Wilson

The Redhead finally talked me into purchasing “Pitch Perfect” on DVD. Lesbihonest here… I saw this movie in the theater over Thanksgiving weekend and totally LOVED it, so it wasn’t too hard to convince me that we should add this flick to our movie library. I won’t go into too many details, but I MAY have pushed someone into another aisle in order to make sure the last copy on the shelf made it into my cart.  Or not.

At any rate, in order for you to understand my affinity for this movie you should know that I lettered in high school chorus. Oh, yes, I did.  Head alto, right here, baby. No varsity athletic letters for me. Instead, I am the proud recipient of a decorative, embroidered, red & gold tackle twill treble clef emblazoned with our school insignia (which, sadly, I am unable to find right at this moment. I promise I will post a picture of it as soon as it turns up, though. I know you can’t wait.)

As luck would have it, I was bragging on myself and my great high school achievement to a friend of mine when I learned that she actually belonged to an a cappella group at Baylor in the 1980’s. Naturally, she performed at Lincoln Center with this group. Whaaaattt? In my defense, though, the University of Florida did not have an a cappella group when I was there.  Or else I would have totally been all over it. At least, that’s how I like to envision things….

Anyway, back to “Pitch Perfect”. I know it has some flaws with the story lines and a slight lack of character development in some places, but it is pretty stinking hilarious and chock-full of one-liners (“You call yourself ‘Fat Amy’?” “Yeah, so twig bitches like you don’t do it behind my back.”) And, best of all, the cast members actually DO sing all their songs for the movie, including funny woman Rebel Wilson.

Turns out, these collegiate a cappella competitions are the real deal.  The ICCA or the "International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella" is a bona fide organization that really does host their annual international finals at the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts. Among the finalists for the 2012 competition was none other than a group from the University of Chicago, Voices in Your Head. So, although “Pitch Perfect” probably won’t win any Oscars for best acting this year, I’d like to pay homage to the art of chorale performance by posting a couple videos - including one from Joplin High School’s chorale group, Sound Dimensions. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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