Tune Tuesday: Pentatonix's A Capella Cover of "Winter White Hymnal"
Many of us have songs that just strike us and leave an intense impression upon us. There can be many reasons for this: love, heartbreak, an incident (whether happy or sad) from our past. The Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal" is one of those songs. I remember the first time I heard it in college, and it stopped me in my tracks. Sometimes lyrics can take on their own meaning depending on your personal story. Although I have read a few quips from Fleet Foxes' singer Robin Pecknold about the song's lyrics being quite vague, I found them to be quite soul-stirring. Something about Robin's voice, and the raw sound of the song just caught my attention. The song speaks to me of loss and the roundabout and repetitive lyrics make me think of time and its passing. The name of the character mentioned in the song is Michael, which was my father's brother's name, so it holds a special personal space in my heart, too.
I've been familiar with Pentatonix for a little while after they shot to stardom during the third season of The Sing-Off on NBC. Winning the competition secured them an album deal, and they've since started their YouTube channel. They cover popular songs in a cappella. Now, I am sure that their recordings are edited and that their voices may be altered in post-production, but their talent is still undeniable. I like that they put a new spin on a song you already love, like remixes - and y'all should know how much I love remixes. Listen to their cover of "White Winter Hymnal" below, and let me know what you think!