Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Sounds of Christmas: Track Two

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I really like the movie, Pitch Perfect. It's one of those films that is easy to watch, but still intelligent, and it has great music. Okay, it might not be "intelligent", per se, but at least it's not dumb.

The first time I watched Pitch Perfect, I enjoyed it and then didn't give it much thought afterwards. It was a fun film. I didn't return to it for awhile, and when I did it was in a somewhat roundabout way. I was browsing YouTube and I came across this really cool collaboration between Pentatonix and Todrick Hall, The Wizard of Ahhhs.

I didn't recognize the cups song, "The Long Way Around / You're Gonna Miss Me / When I'm Gone", as the song from Pitch Perfect. I just knew it got stuck in my head, and then everyone else's head, and then I traced it back to Pitch Perfect. It actually goes back a lot further than that; further back than Lulu and the Lampshades too though most people try and credit them with the song originally.

So Pentatonix helped bring me back to Pitch Perfect and that movie, in turn, helped put Pentatonix on my radar. So when I discovered that Pentatonix had a brand new Christmas album, I was pretty stoked, and when I listened to it, I was ecstatic.

From 1 to 10, it's aca-awesome (that's an 11, I think), and it gets my pick for Christmas album of the year. That has its pros and cons when putting together a Christmas mix, of course, because there are a number of great songs that could go into a mix and I don't want to pick more than a couple songs, at most, from any given album.

This song is probably my favorite on the album, so even though there are other great songs on the album and other great versions of this song, this is a sure pick for the mix. Enjoy!