22 December 2009

The 12-Day Virtual Rocket

First, the video of the 1998 performance:

Reunion concert ten years after:

According to the wikipedia article [ link ] the ‘old’ video was uploaded to youtube in 2006, receiving 10 million hits; and the CEO of Atlantic Records signed the group (Straight No Chaser) to a five-album contract.

The energy and wit of the arrangement not only recommend themselves, but (I confess) made it possible for me to consider the traditional “Twelve Days of Christmas” without shuddering. Straight No Chaser’s is “an adaptation of Richard C. Gregory’s 1967 comic arrangement of the song for his Williston Caterwaulers” (wikipedia).

Yes, wheels are turning.

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