Alright, right back at you from our flight to the “Land down under”. I want to talk about Jan 30 and 31 in Germany. We played Denzlingen and Stuttgart. They were both full houses and good shows, but what made the difference for me was our support act “The Boxettes”. I expected to enjoy them as I had done my homework on youtube when they were first brought to my attention by Tobias (from The Swingle Singers). I think the first thing I was thinking before hitting “play” on the video (Free) was; A cappella and an all female group can be quite boring for the most part because they is never any lower range voices to fill the spectrum. So I hit “play”… and you know what? You should hit “play” too. (The video is called “Free” and you can download a copy of the song on their website) I watched it about 3 or 4 times, not just because they did showcase “lows”, but because I really liked the song. I think it’s quite catchy. This is particularly good because it seems to be hardest thing to find well written songs in a cappella music. So much emphasis can be placed on the arranging of others material that talented musicians lose or never gain the art of writing a good song! I think if you speak to every member of Naturally 7 they will at least have in their top 3 things concerning performing; the need for a good song. We are very hard on ourselves when it comes to that subject. Anyway, back to The Boxettes; I wondered if their performance of this same song would work out of the studio. I heard some pretty low notes that I doubted would happen so cleanly. Well, it did happen! And it was a treat to hear it both nights. I’m totally intrigued by the “Lip buzz” technique which was done by “Bell” (the Vocal Percussionist) and at least one or two others in the band. I also enjoyed the stage energy. Well done Ladies… Bravo!
I look forward to catching up with you on your home turf in England. So I’ll end here by saying check’em out!
Written from 30,000 feet over who knows where??
Be safe and stay blessed,
Roger, over and out