Thursday, June 26, 2008

Freaky Battle of the Choirs

from w
After occasionally watching shows like 'So you think you can dance' or 'Australia's got talent' I wondered just what would 'Battle of the Choirs' be like. Well, it is rather freaky, the sound quality on TV means we can hardly understand the words, and the silly swaying and ballistic gyrations of the singers upstages the poverty of the voices, often just singing in unison. I'd rather see choir members standing still and let the voices be the miracle, not the distraction of the choreography. Where are the good choirs in all of this?

I was listening to the radio this morning to 40 minutes of the Australian Boys Choir from the 1980s and they really could sing! What about the Pacific Islanders and their choirs? The sound quality and the harmonizing in a Fijian or Tongan choir is so much better than the choirs in the TV competition. Go to this site to find the links to listen to Fijian choirs. The sound reminds me of the Labasa choir when they were on tour to Australia.

The winning choir in the TV competition gets $100,000 I think, and a contract, but so far none of the groups are good enough in my opinion! The judges of course compete for attention - one wants good sound, another (the guy who established the wonderful Choir of Hard Knocks) wants bonding between the singers and that's a good point if it wasn't for the fact that the winners are going to make recordings.
Okay, okay - singing in a choir can be a great bonding experience.



Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Oh thank you for that link. How wonderful to have the sounds of Fiji playing while I sit here working.

3:46 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

The Fijian community in one part of USA have done a good job with their site - lots of music and information.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

I watched the show again tonight (29th June) and it's not getting better. Too much choreography which distracts (or covers) the singing. Not enough male voices. The Alleluia was nice but a bit formal. Sorry, but I still think Pacific island voices are better.

5:16 AM  

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