Just an aca-fan navigating the aca-world.

First Listen Friday: Cadence

Cadence is not an unfamiliar a cappella name for me.  They certainly make the rounds of the #basslove discussions on the Twitter (thank you Angie W.). This Canadian vocal band recently performed at the London A Cappella Festival, and I see them on the schedule for Boston Sings A Cappella Festival, or BOSS, in April — for which I have a VIP Pass #beep. So, I decided to check them out on Spotify.

Verdict: WOW. WOW. WOW.


Meet Cadence (L to R): Ross Lynde (tenor), Aaron Jensen (tenor), Kurt Sampson (bass and vocal percussion), Carl Berger (baritone)

So, I listened to their 2010 album Speak Easy, and it is full of big band, Rat Pack, jazzy goodness. And also #basslove. Remember that number on The Sing-Off Season 3, “The Way You Look Tonight” by BYU Vocal Point? It’s like that. Many times over. The harmonies are fabulous, the beat is infectious, and you just want to snap your fingers and dance. Not knowing all the singer-type descriptions, that’s all I can give you. Better yet, take a listen:

My favorites on Speak Easy after a First Listen are “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” and “The Tramps,” but this album deserves more attention. On recommendation, I also checked out the 2000 album Frost Free, and just the fact that there is a version of “Spinning Wheel” had me sold before I put my headphones on. There are more albums, but I’ll leave that to you to look up. It will be worth it.

Band: Cadence
Twitter: @cadencetweet
YouTube: cadenceunplugged

Well, my first First Listen Friday was a success! Let me know what you think. I’m sure there will be another post about Cadence in the future, since I’ll be seeing their show from the front row as part of my BOSS VIP Pass. Be jealous.


I Don’t Sing

That’s right. I don’t sing. Okay, I dabbled a little in high school because I desperately wish for musical talent, but I am not a singer. I am, however, an a cappella junkie (original thanks and blame to Take 6 in 1988).

I started this blog in order to document my adventures into the a cappella world, to share the music I like and the people I meet. And maybe throw in a little personal stuff because, hey, my kidlets are hilarious.

And, before we get too far into this, let me make it clear that I do, in fact, know how to spell a cappella. My “LovedeAcapella” handle is the result of typing too quickly while setting up my YouTube account, and I just never bothered to fix it.

So, thanks for following me on this journey — into the worlds of both a cappella and blogging — and be sure to share your own thoughts as we go along.

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