Saturday, October 18, 2008

2 and a 1/2 New Tunes!


Every chorus practice in these crucial early days brings significant improvement. Friday was special! First some of the group got together in the morning to put the finishing touches on some of the new material we've been working on. And of course they sound brilliant! Expect full chorus renditions of these songs soon...

"One Day" by Bjork


"In The Bleak Midwinter" Christmas traditional


And lastly, the full chorus got together in the afternoon and really took it to the next level. I think you can see and hear the progression with this new acoustic guitar rendition of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida". The improvement is evident when watching this video back to back with Tuesday's full chorus piano version.

"Viva La Vida" by Coldplay

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wowee, I was actually there filming and am still blown away by their performance yesterday! They look and sound phenominal. I can't even begin to imagine the amazing experiences ahead of them this year with the talent they possess. Keep up the good work guys!! ( You too MR. B!)

<3
Miss Lisa

Mr. B said...

Thanks Miss Lisa! Nobody captures the moment better than you!! The vids look great! So thanks for that too!! :)

Kitchen Couture said...

Wow, I wish we'd had something like that at school when I was a kid. It's inspiring to see how much the kids enjoy the music, and how you, Mr B, enjoy teaching them - keep up the awesomely great work ^_^

Cheers from Australia

Mr. B said...

Thanks for the love from down under, KC! All the best from "up over"! :)

rosserichards said...

Just have to say that these are all so very fantastic, and that it is quite amazing the rapport one is able to create just by getting together and singing some tunes.

Wonderful job!

Jona said...

I just saw your One Day video on youtube, thank you so much for that. I´m a fan from ICeland(both of Bjork and you) who´s been watching your work for few months now, you´re doing a great job and the kids are amazing. Go straight to my heart :-)

Thank you for your good work,
Love from ICeland,
Jona

P.S. I think you could do bunch of other Bjork songs-like All is full of love and Unison. Just a thought....

Mr. B said...

thanks rosse and jona for leaving those really kind comments for the kids (and me) to see! definitely ALWAYS room for more bjork, jona. we'll see about those others you mentioned, thanks for the suggestions.... :)

Anonymous said...

awesome love it y couldnt we have songs like dat?? :)went 2 22 yesterday u wernt there! i was sick so i didnt go to skool wanted to see u! anyway one word amazing!
ashley b!

Mr. B said...

hehe! sorry i missed you yesterday, ash! i was actually home sick too.... glad you liked the new songs, but i think you guys sang a few amazing tunes last year yourselves.... :)

ashley b said...

yeah i kno i cant complain! goodluck at the staten!
ashleyb

Mr. B said...

thanks ash!! sorry again that i missed you yesterday, hopefully you'll be visiting again soon tho....

Gen said...

As an obsessed Tori Amos fan (she's tattooed on the back of my leg), a choir kid through my life and now a children's photographer (Mr. B - check out the name of my studio!)...Keeping up with this blog and sharing the PS22 Chorus's videos with everyone that I know has become a priority. Mr. B - THANK YOU for doing what you do and for being so darn good at it. Thank you for posting these videos for everyone to see and share, and thank you for introducing the current generation to some of the best songwriters to have ever lived...At least in my opinion. And to the PS22 Chorus (current and past member) - THANK YOU for doing what you do and for being so darn good at it. Thank you for singing your hearts out and for bringing smiles to people's faces, including mine in Chicago. Keep up the good work and one day when I'm in New York, maybe I'll be lucky enough to photograph you guys. And maybe I'll be lucky enough to actually sing with you - that would be nothing short of an honor.

Mr. B said...

wow gen, one of the kindest messages we've ever gotten! (and i loved your e-mail too, all very inspiring.) we're honored to have you on board with us. hope you'll stick around! 'fans' like you do us proud. :)

Georgenius said...

Hi, I just wanted to congratulate you on your amazing work with these kids. The covers are so beautiful and moving. I’m a huge fan of Tori Amos, that’s how I found your blog, and have shared my discovery with many friends. I think it’s wonderful that kids are exposed to good music in this way and it’s commendable. I wish you all the best.


Gina Torres

Mr. B said...

Thanks Gina! :) Always glad to hear from my fellow Tori-fans! That kind of approval means more than anything....

:)

Anonymous said...

anonymous said... that was the best singing ever I think that was amazing. keep up the good work. ps they are ready for a record deal.

Mr. B said...

thanks anom! :)

i.d.a. said...

Hi PS22 Chorus:

This is for the soloist...

Your voice has a beautiful, soothing tone and your manner while singing is inspiring. I love how gently and naturally you sang your part and I can't wait to hear more. You have pure talent. Sing out proud, girl!

chrissy said...

Watching these children sing shows their passion for music. You can tell that all of those children are happy to be sitting right there singing in that room with you. Beautiful music and wonderful choices of songs.

Mr. B said...

cheers! :) thanks chrissy!