Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Harmonizing with The Beaconettes

I was browsing YouTube the other day looking for videos to post to my "Music" board on Pinterest. I wanted to include some local musicians. I remembered doing a sing-along at Seattle's FolkLife Festival last year with The Beaconettes, a women's a cappella choir from the Seattle neighborhood of Beacon Hill.

At the festival, they led a one hour workshop that started out with them teaching us to sing a round of some sort. Then they went on to teach us to sing "Dream a Little Dream of Me" in three part harmony. They had everyone get up and change seats so that sopranos sat in one section, altos/tenors in the middle section and bass/baritones in the third section. Then The Beaconettes, in their signature black and white striped shirts and neon colored wigs, moved out into the audience to sing the respective parts with us, while their choir director coached us through the song. When we had the harmonies pretty well learned, a teenaged boy, presumably the son of one of The Beaconettes, did a video of our performance.

And here it is. I think we sound pretty good for having had only a few minutes of practice! (That's me in the white shirt on the far right.)

The Beaconettes are well known for their creation of alternative lyrics for popular songs. That and their tight harmonies have made them a hit at the annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition held downtown Seattle in December. Here's their re-write of the words to "Dream a Little Dream." Enjoy!

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