Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I have a confession

I wasn't always the rock God you know and love. Those glorious white shoes did not always adorn those disturbingly odourous feet. There was a time in my life when I sang... in choirs.

Had this been an isolated incident, I might have tried to cover it up, however there is no hiding my high school years in the Manitoba Provincial Honour Choir, or the nearly 7 year run I had in the McGill a cappella community. Between helping found Soulstice, subbing with Effusion, and even later, joining a sort of McGill supergroup called Ardesco, I kinda dug myself in.

Over time, this style and I simply grew apart. However, just yesterday, I felt it all come retching back when I found the Vancouver based, uhhh... 'super choir?' aptly named The Choir Practice. The premise is a bit strange; take members from Canadian indie bands (The Gay, P:ano, Love & Mathematics, Limblifter) and form a choir. Separately, I loath each of these bands and their indie ways. Yet, when brought together, they create a sound which tugs at my heartstrings and takes me back to simpler times.

The thing that amazed me the most about this concept is that they were the first ones to think about it. It is quite an original idea, however once pieced together, it makes so much sense. Supposedly, the group started as "an excuse to drink wine and sing with friends", and the simplicity and camaradery shine through as such.

You may not like it. You may think it's a stupid idea. My balls may have crawled up my inguinal canal. However, just watch and listen to the video below, with an open mind, and try not to smile.

-I don't dare you, I implore you.