The Cultish Appeal of Singing Together
Nina Shen Rastogi at Slate Magazine nailed the joy in creating music as a group in today’s review of Pitch Perfect, a book about collegiate a capella:
Singing with other people is fun, even if you’re not very good. What many people don’t realize is that, for singers, there’s an extra, physical dimension to that pleasure. Belting out a clean high C is like executing a slam-dunk or a crisp pirouette—there’s an exhilaration that comes with feeling your body reach its limits.
She’s exactly right. Not only does singing give you the usual buzz of musical communication, but it picks up an extra emotional and physical aspect. If, as Rostagi ventures, collegiate a capella is a cult, then perhaps singing itself is its kool-aid.
It’s nice when some article you stumble upon matches up to exactly what you’ve been thinking about.