OK, this has nothing to do with being a good dad, a bad dad, or an ugly dad, or dad-hood at all. I just wanted to plug a show that I saw recently that I think was amazing.
Last week, I got tickets to an advanced screening to the new acappella singing contest show called “The Sing Off,” here in LA. It’s on NBC, it’s hosted by Nick Lachey, and officially started its second season today. Anyway, although it was just a screening of a pre-recorded show, the singing was, in a word, inspiring. It basically has a number of acappella groups from around the country sing in front of three judges (on this show it’s Ben Folds, Nicole Scherzinger, and Shawn Stockman) and after showcasing their songs, getting feedback from the judges, the groups await the phone-in votes from the viewing public. If you’ve seen Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, etc, then you know the drill.
The reason that this show got me excited is that:
- My wife loved it. She used to be in a children’s chorus when she was younger (toured the world several times, too), and she loves singing.
- I usually don’t sing. I didn’t even sing along to the radio until recently (amazing what being married to will do to you). But this got me wanting to sing out loud.
That second statement is no small declaration. At least for me. But I hadn’t heard acappella since college, and watching those groups perform brought back memories and just simply energized me. It also got me starting to sing to my baby. But enough about me. Here’s a clip of The Sing Off for you to watch yourself. (And no, NBC didn’t pay me a dime for this endorsement – although I won’t turn any away…NBC are you reading this?)