I drove to work this morning contemplating my favorite Xmas song. I turned the dial on the radio to the resident Christmas station – KEZK 102.5 – and I heard something that instantly transported me back to my college days (something I typically try to avoid, but this brought back one of the few happier memories).
In college, I listened to the usual college kid music, most notably Dave Matthews Band. What was completely new to me, however, was something called “a cappella.” It’s singing without instrumental accompaniment. My college even had it’s own a cappella group. And for a short time, we even had a women’s group too.
Now I know what you’re thinking. What does all this have to do with Xmas music? Well, every year, our a cappella group would put on an Xmas concert. I even bought their Xmas album. One of my favorite songs was their version of the Twelve Day of Christmas. Though genius as it was (to me at least), they were not the originators of the song a cappella style. The original arrangement was actually created by my all-time favorite a cappella group – Straight No Chaser. They’re from Indiana State University and began around 1996, I believe.
I heard them on the radio this morning talking about their recent record deal with Atlantic records and of course, this song.
The Africa by Toto reference at the end was tossed in because it was the group’s most requested song.
Though this is my favorite a cappella group, I have to be honest. I prefer the Twelve Days of Christmas performance of my own school’s group, but I admit that I’m biased because I knew half the guys in the ensemble. And for those of you just DYING to know what my all time favorite Xmas song is? Well, that’s still TBD, but I will tell you my all-time favorite a cappella song. My gift to you: