09 April 2012

Tales from the Subway: "Thou Shalt Not Judge"

I rushed down onto the platform to catch my train and smiled upon noticing two mormon missionaries squirm as I entered the car. It's not like I was wearing anything particularly revealing: a blue, striped tank top under a light sweater, and a pair of blue short shorts that ended halfway down my thighs - okay, maybe that was it. I brushed it off without a second thought, though I did get a kick out of making them slightly uncomfortable.

03 April 2012

Pentatonix


(Left to right: Kevin Olusola, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Avi Kaplan)

I was introduced to the five member a cappella group known as Pentatonix on the television singing competition, The Sing-Off. The beauty behind the show is that it focuses on true vocal and musical artistry and judged by artists, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, who not only know their craft but are themselves masters of it as well.

The singers arrange the harmonies and melodies to their style and, as Sara Bareilles says, uses their God-given talents to create a sound all their own. Pentatonix, with only five members, creates a dynamic sound that's more than astounding - it's magical.