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February 15, 2020 12:11 PM   Subscribe

 
I'm thinking about how this must feel as the featured musicians. Like you're used to performing to giant crowds going crazy and singing along, but now this is something organized. And it's hundreds of voices singing back at you in a way you've never had before. Probably any choir you'd performed with before was behind you like a band, not facing you and aggressively singing against/with you.

This whole thing is awesome and I'm eternal smiles watching it.

Also how dare those guys in Barenaked Ladies be so old!
posted by hippybear at 12:20 PM on February 15 [10 favorites]


This is delightful and I love it.
posted by selenized at 12:21 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


Also that easter egg bonus is a ridiculous amount of stacking and I approve
posted by hippybear at 12:22 PM on February 15


By the way, link was a fundraising event for Covenant House Toronto, which is pretty cool.
posted by WCityMike at 12:39 PM on February 15 [4 favorites]


Heading down a Choir! Choir! Choir! rabbit hole. I may be some time...
posted by merriment at 12:46 PM on February 15 [5 favorites]


We are all musicians.
posted by Miko at 12:50 PM on February 15 [2 favorites]




Also, like, is there a more therapeutic thing to do with your life, ever, than sing in a choir? It's an amazing thing to do! Whether it's an amateur sing along with Hayden for Christmas or something far more organized, it's a feeling of connectedness and wellbeing that is nearly impossible to find anywhere else.
posted by hippybear at 1:23 PM on February 15 [13 favorites]


We're off to be Choir! Choir! Choired! tomorrow night in Ottawa.
posted by bonehead at 1:40 PM on February 15 [5 favorites]


I’m in a few of the older videos!
posted by wellred at 2:02 PM on February 15 [6 favorites]


Tears, and joyful ones. Look at this beautiful thing people made together!
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:29 PM on February 15 [3 favorites]


Needs more hockey and bacon
posted by wheelieman at 3:14 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


Y'know that scene in High Fidelity, "I will now sell five copies of the Beta Band's 3EPs, watch"?
I will now make it dusty in here.
posted by bartleby at 3:38 PM on February 15 [5 favorites]


I’m in a few of the older videos!

I'm in the Chicago When Doves Cry video.

I came away with an appreciation for just how excruciating being a musician must be. Just an hour or so of practice and I was so sick of the song!

Though I did learn that I had the lyrics self-centeredly wrong for decades because I thought it was two "I'm"s rather than "I'm" followed by a "you're".

"Maybe I'm just like my father, too bold
Maybe you're just like my mother
She's never satisfied (she's never satisfied)"

My wife loves it though and tries to get someone to go with her every time they come to town.
posted by srboisvert at 3:58 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


So Choir! Choir! Choir! looks basically like the Rockin' 1000 concept, only just for singers, do I understand that about right?

If so, neat!
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:06 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


That was lots of fun but aside from the O Canada breakdown I mostly couldn’t tell what the choir was singing.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:14 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


"I'm feeling bloody marvelous! yt " (🥚 yt )

Oh, man, pure goosebumps with this one.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:21 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


My wife just did this. If you ever get the chance, do it. It's an amazing feeling to be part of it, and the choir choir choir guys are really experienced now at turning it into more than a sing-along, as the video demonstrates.
posted by fatbird at 8:32 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


Growing up I went to a music camp most summers and no matter what instrument you played, EVERYONE in the camp (including the kitchen staff) was a part of Chorus which rehearsed for an hour each morning and did a concert in the local town every Saturday evening. Singing in a group is a joyous thing and is the main thing I miss about being a member of a church. It's not found often outside of that setting.
posted by hippybear at 8:59 PM on February 15 [3 favorites]


Thanks for posting! I noticed they're on semi tour right now, and hey, it seems they'll be in AZ later this year! Hmm...
posted by nat at 11:57 PM on February 15


I had no idea that this was EXACTLY what I needed to see this morning!

Loved the music—but I am absolutely mesmerized watching the choir director!
posted by bookmammal at 6:12 AM on February 16 [3 favorites]


I've been watching several of the C!C!C! videos and now I'm wondering, is there a way to make it mandatory that everyone who goes on tour anywhere in North America be required to link up with this group for a performance on every tour all the time? I'm thinking about Pearl Jam going on tour in a couple of months. Maybe they need a C!C!C! rendition of Better Man. Maybe we ALL need that.
posted by hippybear at 7:32 AM on February 16 [3 favorites]


I mostly couldn’t tell what the choir was singing.

i couldn't/still can't on one section but on a relisten, i pick out 'big bang', 'be my yoko ono,' and 'pinch me,' other BNL songs! this is such fun energy
posted by gaybobbie at 11:52 AM on February 16


Just rewatched it again, and I realized they missed a golden opportunity to have several hundred people all chant "Birchback Stadium, Home Of 'the Robbie'" in unison.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:06 PM on February 16


I asked in the YT comments, which they look like they're monitoring. I am pretty sure they sing "this / was / big / in / Grade 9 / baby" at one point, which is hysterical. :)
posted by WCityMike at 2:23 PM on February 16


This is me in grade 9!
posted by merriment at 3:11 PM on February 16


Growing up I went to a music camp most summers and no matter what instrument you played, EVERYONE in the camp (including the kitchen staff) was a part of Chorus which rehearsed for an hour each morning and did a concert in the local town every Saturday evening. Singing in a group is a joyous thing and is the main thing I miss about being a member of a church. It's not found often outside of that setting.

I knew a guy when I lived in Birmingham, England who was German and had just moved to Birmingham from somewhere in Wales. He was already religious but the Welsh choral tradition blew him away and he was kind of desperate to find something similar in Brum.
posted by srboisvert at 9:45 AM on February 17


More Canadian (dis)content: You Oughta Know. Righteous.
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:20 AM on February 20


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