By: Juliet Giangregorio '20
I say it every time, but it’s funny how fast this year went by. It feels like the Fall Jam just happened yesterday, and now the Spring Sing has just passed. It’s amazing to see how much Ingrid Sound, Falconize, and Deception have grown over the year. With new members, new songs, and new goals, the A Cappella groups never fail to impress.
Deception opened the concert with their rendition of “You Make Me Feel So Young”, sung by Frank Sinatra. I was totally excited to hear this song because I LOVE Frank Sinatra (I’m obsessed with 1950s music because of the show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is amazing and I recommend that everyone watch it- but that’s besides the point). This piece was arranged by Mike Mahoney, who did a great job with A Cappella-izing the song without losing touch with it’s swing roots.
Next, Falconize came on stage and opened with their original group-written song, called Chasing Tides. I knew that Falconize was playing around with student-written songs, and I was interested to know how the process was going. I didn’t know what to expect. But, when they came on stage and began to sing, I was shocked. This song was so powerful and so meaningful that I started crying a little bit at the end. No joke. It was that good. Kali Sheppard had the featured solo, but it was clear that the whole group was just as invested when performing the song. I think that because all of the members played a part in writing the song, it was more meaningful to them. Falconize will be singing Chasing Tides at Festival Disney, a music festival for middle school through high school at Walt Disney World, on Friday, May 3rd! Along with Chasing Tides, Falconize sang Anna Sun, which they sang and won with at N.E. Voices earlier this year. They also sang their beautiful rendition of “Imagine”, by John Lennon. For this song, they put their microphones away, and gathered in a group at the front of the stage. After that, they sang “Take On Me” by A-ha, which is a favorite of all Falconize fans.
After Falconize left the stage, Ingrid Sound came on, and opened with “Suburbia”, by Troye Sivan, and “Alaska”, by Maggie Rogers, both songs being part of their ICHSA competition set. Then, they sang “See You Again”, originally by Charlie Puth. This song was a new addition to Ingrid’s repertoire, unlike “Girl Put Your Records On”, their next song, which they sang earlier this year at the Fall Jam. The majority of Ingrid Sound’s songs were arranged by senior Ivy O’Connell.
Falconize entered the stage again, this time with another original song, “Masterpiece”, written by senior Hannah Kelsey. They’ll be performing “Masterpiece” at Festival Disney as well. Next, they sang “Innocent”, originally by Taylor Swift. They also sang this song as part of their set at N.E. Voices. Their last two songs were “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, by Tears for Fears, which they added to their set this year, and “You Give Love A Bad Name”, by Bon Jovi, which has been a repeating part of Falconize’s repertoire.
After Falconize exited for the second time, Ingrid Sound came back on. They started back up with a new addition to their set, “Half the Man” by Rozzi Crane. I had never heard this song before, but loved hearing Ingrid Sing it. They created such a strong, powerful sound that really wowed the audience. This song sounded amazing with the balance of their other songs, which were more dulcet and mellow. Next, Ingrid Sound sang “Castle On A Hill”, originally by Ed Sheeran, and “Wings”, originally by Little Mix, which they sang when they competed at ICHSA.
I always enjoy hearing the A Cappella groups sing, and I can’t wait to see how they grow and change throughout the next year!
Katie Miraglia, class of 2022, is a member of Falconize and Deception at DHS and can be frequently seen in the school's theater productions. She is also Drum Major of the Marching Band and plays bass clarinet. She took over the Danvers High Chorus Blog for the 2021-22 school year.