Throughout the years, we've featured performances of Choir!Choir!Choir!--a large amateur choir from Toronto that meets weekly and sings their hearts out. You've seen them sing Prince's "When Doves Cry," Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" (to honor Chris Cornell) and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
If you dig through their Youtube archive, you can also revisit performances of two Talking Heads classics--"Psycho Killer" and "Burning Down the House." (Both below.) Which brings us to the videos above. According to Consequence of Sound, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has long been a big fan of Choir!Choir!Choir!. He writes on his web site:
I’ve sat mesmerized watching online videos of the Canadian group Choir! Choir! Choir! They somehow manage to get hundreds of strangers to sing beautifully together—in tune and full-voiced—with rich harmonies and detailed arrangements. With almost no rehearsal—how do they do it??
They manage to achieve lift off—that feeling of surrender when groups sing together—when we all become part of something larger than ourselves.
And last Saturday, Byrne got to experience some of that lift off firsthand. Hear him sing a moving version of David Bowie's "Heroes" with Choir!Choir!Choir!, and a snippet of Madonna's "Borderline." Enjoy.
Burning Down the House