“A Day in the Life”: Paly Choirs to release album

    Palo Alto High School's all-male accapella group, the Heart Breakers (left to right: sophomore Spencer Wycoff, junior Sean Jawetz, senior Grant Smith, senior Edward Kwiatkowski) perform at the Pops Concert on Feb. 11. This is where they announced that they would be releasing a CD. Photo by Alex Merkle-Raymond.

    Palo Alto High School’s all-male a cappella group, the Heartbreakers (left to right: sophomore Spencer Wycoff, junior Sean Jawetz, senior Grant Smith and senior Edward Kwiatkowski) perform at the Pops Concert on Feb. 11 in the Haymarket Theater. Photo by Alex Merkle-Raymond.

    The Palo Alto High School Choirs are fundraising through a Kickstarter campaign for the release of an album, titled “A Day in the Life,” containing tracks of songs the groups have previously performed in concerts.

    The Madrigal Choir, Concert Choir and select a cappella groups recorded the tracks on Jan. 14, according to junior Sean Jawetz.

    “Paly Choirs chose to record a CD this year to capture the sound of this year’s choir [program] and to give the choristers the unique experience of recording in a professional studio,” Jawetz said.

    Senior Jannat Hashmi likes the importance of the long-lasting effects of recording a CD.

    “A lot of people hear other people rave about really good songs they’ve heard at concerts and they really want to figure out where they can actually get recordings of them,” Hashmi said. “If parents know that their child has a solo and they didn’t get to hear it, that’s another way they can go explore that.”

    Jawetz explained that the experience of recording was very different from that of performing.

    “In performance, if something goes wrong, you just keep going knowing that the audience, for the most part, won’t notice it or will otherwise ignore it,” Jawetz said. “In a recording, everything needs to be perfect because your errors will stick with you. We probably sang each song three or four times to ensure mastery.”

    According to Jawetz, all the funding will come from the Kickstarter campaign, which will run for 60 days.

    The album will be available both on iTunes and as a physical copy at the end of the fundraising period, and copies will be distributed to those who donate.

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