October 09, 2012

Guest post: A Capella obsessions with Holly of So Dang Brilliant

Today's guest post is brought to you by one of the friendliest people I've ever "met," Holly of So Dang Brilliant. (You can learn more about her in her Geek of the Week post.) Thanks so much for doing this, Holly!

Hey all. This is Holly F. from So Dang Brilliant, and I'm here to tell you about my obsession:

A Capella music.

I know what you're thinking. Nerdy or possibly Outdated or even Barbershop Quartet.

You are totally right. But I'm still a fan.

Lately, I've been loving the a capella group Pentatonix; they won the third season of the NBC show The Sing-Off, where a capella groups compete for a record contract and hopefully become famous. They do covers of pop, dubstep, and hip-hop songs—all of their music is really loud-speaker worthy.

I went to see Pentatonix in concert on Memorial Day of this year. My cousin Ben went with me, since he's also an a capella nerd. We completely geeked out and loved every second of it.


If you have never encountered a capella music, you should take it out for a test drive by seeing the movie Pitch Perfect, which just hit theaters.

Starring Anna Kendrick, the movie effortlessly pieces together the tropes of a freshman in college trying to "find herself," along with featuring some kick-butt a capella music. And there is music for all tastes—Ace of Base, Madonna, BlackStreet, the Bangles, and Simple Minds!

I've included a little teaser to entice you.

I don't want to frighten you, but I came straight home from seeing this movie and spent $9.99 buying the soundtrack. That might happen to you, too. In fact, I hope it does.

Holly F. writes about staying smart, staying sharp, and staying at home at So Dang Brilliant. If she were to get to know you, she'd no longer be afraid of strangers; or at least, you would no longer be a stranger and she wouldn't be afraid of you.


  1. I just saw Pitch Perfect on the weekend! I felt the same way- run home and buy the soundtrack- but then I saw it only has the acapella songs. I did like a few of those enough to get them but what I really was looking for was all of Beca's sweet mash-up mixes. I hope they release those soon!!!

  2. Woo hoo! A capella love! I have to be honest, when I saw the trailers for Pitch Perfect I thought it looked like a really dumb premise and it's sole purpose is to make bank off of shows like Glee...but I've heard SO many good things about it from people I know who have discerning musical tastes, so I think I might just have to give it a watch!!

  3. Definitely want to see this now—I, too, had reservations based on the premise. But I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

    On another note, I saw a tweet while I was away that there's an a capella group in NYC that sings nerdy songs ... called Choirfly. I want to join SO BAD.