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Stripes: A’ca Awesome

This week I’ve been really homesick for the familiarity of my college town-the restaurants, the parks, the people, work, school, and, especially, a’capella. It’s been a while since I’ve talked about just how much singing was my life for the last year, but really guys, it’s taken this absence from music for me to realize just how much of my life was tied up in the a’capella scene. And that’s how this post came to be in my mind. I got an email earlier today asking if there were any videos of me singing on youtube so I poked over to send find some links…a half hour of singing later I spent the email. This a’capella business is quite addicting.

This is my “I’m craaaaaazy for a’capella” face.

So I sat down, and after 20 more minutes of a’capellaing (including pulling out sheet music and a pitch pipe to make sure I was doing it right) I decided I should totally start a list of ways you know you sing a’capella. If you sing a’capella, you’re welcome. If you don’t, you should. You’ll love it, trust me. Then you’ll think my list is freaking hilarious. And you’ll be apart of the best hobby ever. WIN.

This is my “hitting an epic harmony” face. You know you want to be this awesome. A’capella can help you achieve this level of coolness.

You’re an a’capella singer if:

-You’ve choked on food because you forgot you were singing and accidentally took a bite (true story, this happens to me at least once a year…I am skilled at being alive)
-Organizing your sheet music takes hours and the project never gets done because you immediately remember how you wanted to learn the T2 line on “that one song” and the VP on “that other song” and “that song” is SOOOOO FRRRREEEEEAAAAKING AWESOME!!!!
-You carry a pitch pipe and have a pitch pipe app so you can never get caught without the pitch
-You use singers hands while singing in:
….the shower
….the car
….Coldplay concerts (…not that that’s from personal experience or anything…yeah…)
-You match pitch with random hums and pitches then make harmonies and dissonances with it (we’re talking hair dryers [every morning], pop machines, city buses, your car, air conditioners)
-You know your hairdryer hums at an E
-You hear a noise and immediately try to imitate it
-You’ve immediately thought of 10 ways you could somehow add that noise to a song some day
-You’ve heard a song on the radio and tried to figure out how many parts it would take to a’capellaize it
-You conduct music while you walk around, are sitting at a desk, or driving
-You’ve been in a vocal percussion off with a friend. In public.
-You wish you could harmonize with yourself because life would be 10000 times easier and better if you could
-You’ve heard the a’capella version of a song before you hear the “real” version
-You sing the a’capella artistic liberties to the “real” version of the song even when you’re with non-a’capella people
-You warm up to sing in the car
-You are legitimately concerned about your posture while singing in the car (and adjust your seat so you’re sitting super up right if you’re driving for a long distance so you can properly support your sound)
-You love long car rides alone so you can learn every part to a song (including the vocal percussion) and no one cares that you just have to sing it until it sounds perfect (which, for your information, is approximately 7361 times per part)
-You’ve used your pitch pipe in the car to test your range while driving because it feels like your voice is especially low that day
-You’ve wondered what a cop would say if you got pulled over for testing your range while driving
-You have a singing bucket list of songs you want to sing
-Eric Whitacre is on that list
-You’ve had a choirgasm
-You’ve put off homework/studying for finals/making important phone calls/sleeping/eating/going to the bathroom to sing
-You’ve sung, in harmony, on public transportation
-You scope out places with awesome harmonics just in case a singing occasion should arise
-Colds and sore throats are an excuse to try and beat your “personal best” low note
-You secretly LOVE having a man voice while sick…who are we kidding? that’s not a secret.

Can I just say this list was WAY too easy to make. Holy cow. I’m not sure if I’m proud of myself for coming up with so many ideas, or if I feel like a total nerd because every single one of those are true for me. And by nerd I really mean most awesome person ever because clearly that’s what you are if all those things apply to you.

This one had nothing to do with singing…I just got silly (what else is new?). But you can also see my main man Harold in the background! 

What do you guys think? Are you just as a’ca-nerdy as me? Have any suggestions that should be added to this post? Any suggestions for future a’capella posts you’d like to see?


Stripes: Sing-a-Long Sunday

This may come as a surprise to you, but I LOVE singing along to anything I hear just about anywhere and since I’ve been driving a ton more than usual, I’ve have ample time to sing my heart out. Lately I’ve been almost exclusively listening to Pentatonix’s EP which dropped a couple days ago and the one and only Beyonce so I hope you enjoy the following songs as much as I have!

Happy Singing!

Stripes: A Silly Saturday!

Silly Saturday? “What’s so silly about Saturday?” you may be asking. Well let me tell ya, Sequins and I are scheming a little and while we won’t have pictures for this until Sunday at the earliest, I can promise you we are up to something absolutely silly. Since I can’t magically make the pictures from our yet to happen silly shenanigans appear from the future I thought I would send you some other silliness. Without further adieu, I present you with silliness:

This shirt:


This link…trust me on this.


I’m still not over Texts From Hillary.

This kitty is from the 1870s…yeah I don’t know why either.

Story of my life.

I hope I have twins.

This just happened.

Also, still not over this dog.

There you have it, a post filled with giggles [I hope…I laughed anyways]. Please, if you have any other silly things on the interwebs, link them to us in the comments! We love a good chuckle around here. And pictures of our Silly Saturday Shenanigans will be up…soon…

Stripes: A Little Thing Called A’capella

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, there’s this little thing I’ve been doing for a while called a’capella. A’capella, or the production of music using just human voices and bodies, has been a pretty big hobby of mine for the last couple of years. I think I’ve mentioned this before, if so please forgive my repetition and if not ignore what I just said, but a’capella has pretty much been my number one hobby for the last year. I spend all of my free time doing a’capella-y things including: singing, finding new music, and listening to other groups (when I’m not watching British TV, of course). And here is the first image ever on our blog of me singing curtesey of Miss Sequins!

Ok, so I’m not actually singing here…I’m blowing a note in my pitch pipe…but close enough (and in the rest of the pictures my face was absolutely ridiculous or I moved too much and made them blurry).

Wanna learn more about a’capella. One: Feel free to comment and ask me any questions. Two: Watch the following videos. And three: Sing your heart out anywhere anytime (unless I am trying to sleep and you’re within earshot, in that case I will give you my look of death and hate and nobody wants that).

This one has been passed all around the a’capella community since the day it was put out. It’s super mainstream and really exemplifies what the human voice can do. I adore their rich sound and am working on trying to adapt my voice to have more of this same fullness and depth. They are super cool and I’m really excited to see what they put out in the next couple years.

Barbershop is one traditional type of a’capella but they have so moved beyond the straw hats in recent years. I know I’ve posted this one before but I am absolutely in love with this song (probably because it largely marked my entrance into the a’capella world as I know it today). Enjoy!

This is An Aladdin medley by Vocal Spectrum (another barbershop group)…it’s super cool how they fit the whole movie into 7 minutes and they have some pretty awesome vocals that, dare I say, span the spectrum.

I’ve been itching to sing this one since I found a copy of the music floating around the interwebs a year ago. OMG dream song.

And a good peek into the silly side of the a’capella movement. Oh yes this is happening. (Also, got to see these guys sing live in February! They are really awesome guys!)

And of course some Eric Whitacre…this man’s music has the uncanny ability to put me into the most intense trancelike state

These are just some of my favorites. What kinds of music do you like? Are you a fan of a’capella or hate it? (Secret time: I actually hated modern a’capella the first time I heard it. I was dating the first of my a’capella men and I remember thinking this music is weird and I actually forced myself to listen to it so we could have more to talk about…clearly this relationship had a firm foundation. And back to the main point, you may not like it yet but you’ve just gotta find which kind of a’capella floats your boat. Turns out I just wasn’t really a fan of Rockapella but loved everything a’capella ever.) If you have any cool a’capella videos please post them! I’d love to see some new stuff!

Stripes: Awesome Stuff Sunday 3.25

It’s that day of the week again! Here are some of the awesome things I found on the internet this week, hope you enjoy!

It’s killing me that I do not own these tights from BZRshop’s Etsy! OMG if you were to buy these for me, you would be my favorite person ever.

This is a really great article from Psychology Today about resiliency and not giving up in everyday life. I really like that it applies to pretty much any life situations and how it emphasizes the ability of the individual to improve their own situation. There’s nothing like taking action to make you feel empowered!


Like I needed another reason to think a’capella is amazing.

I’ve also been addicted to this song. I’m not sure why but I can’t stop listening.

Happy Sunday!

Stripes: Awesome Stuff Sunday 3.18

I hope everyone one had an awesome week, here are the highlights of what I found on the internet this week:

The cute animal of the week  is this hipster fishy. Hipster fishy says, “I came from this pet store in a really obscure part of Portland, I mean I could tell you the name but you’ve never heard of it.”

I adore this line of literary clothing! 

Here’s your proper dose of good a’capella for the week:

Yes, this week there are 2 a’capella songs, I was thinking you needed a little bigger dose because it’s been a while since I posted any. This is Realtime, they were a local quartet who won some big titles but they recently got a new tenor (whom I am friends with, nbd or anything) and became Via Voice. Anyways, Loch Lomond is one of the songs that kept me singing as a kid because I heard a choir do it when I was in elementary school and decided on the spot that I wanted to be able to do it too. And actually, there are only 2 other songs that fall in this category and I’m working on one right now (details on that one later) 🙂

And, finally, I’ve spent most of my spring break thus far wishing I was even half as fierce as Beyonce.

Stripes: Awesome Stuff Sunday 2.19

I hope everyone’s weeks have been fabulous. Here are some things that I came across that are particularly awesome and felt like I should share…enjoy!

An easy how-to pastel your hair from Oh So Pretty! I’ve been considering adding some bright colors but this is was less expensive [and permanent] than dye.

If you like this underwater dog, you should follow this link to see the whole collection!

I’m really itching to sing a similar arrgangement of this…we’ll see if it’s in the cards for spring.

I don’t usually like Cracked.com’s articles too terribly much but I thought this one on what won’t make you happy in life was extremely well thought out. And as a bonus, they include a list of what really does, scientifically speaking, make you feel happy. (once again, I am a sucker for cute animals :P).

Ok, so I’d be lying if I said that Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir was new to me BUT he has been such a part of my week that I want to support his unqiue project by spreading the word. The most recent virtual choir submissions were due this last week or two (?) but I’m sure there will be more opportunities in the near future. For news, check out his facebook page!

Thanks for reading- I hope everyone has an awesome new week!