Another dose of the Swingle Singers for good measure
The other day, while ranting about the need for an American version of the "1812 Overture" to perform on the Fourth of July, I appended the ultimate interpretation of the Tchaikovsky original -- by the Swingle Singers, the incomparable ensemble that has been exploring the possibilities of tight harmony for decades.
I've been on a Swingle kick since belatedly plunging into Season One of "Glee" (bless you, Netflix), and hearing that group's unmistakable style on the soundtrack. I only wish the Glee-kids would try something that sophisticated. I mean, enough with the Beyonce and that ilk already. Let's have some Bach, at least Swingle-style Bach.
Not that I expect any such thing on the show, which I'm enjoying greatly for a variety of reasons, but it sure would be cool if the Glee-fuls could slip in a little something sort of classical, or even a great jazz number, just to broaden their tender horizons. (Hey, I'm only about halfway through the season; maybe surprises await -- if so, don't spoil them for me.)
Anyway, like I said, I've been thinking about the Swingles, and, since some of you really liked that wild version of "1812," I thought I'd drop a fun morsel of Swingle-ized Bach, along with a great clip of an interview with Ward Swingle from Baltimore filmmaker Mike Lawrence's uplifting new documentary "Bach and Friends."