It would be nearly impossible to post a set of popular music without mentioning Disney at some point. We all have our favorite Disney songs and remember all the Disney movies we obsessed over as kids. Our favorite Disney handbell recording at the moment is Capital City Ringer‘s recording of “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid. My favorite part of this performance, besides the awesome singing and intricate bell arrangement, is the addition of bass guitar. Once the piece gets going you can hear the astounding difference adding a bass guitar makes with the group. Don’t get me wrong, I love bass bells, but beyond looking really cool they really don’t produce the deep bass tones that make the audience feel the music. Put on some headphones, listen to this recording, and see if you can tell the difference.
I have been thinking about how I can add bass guitar to my own bell group, and this recording helps cement my opinion that the future of handbells includes some sort of bass instrument, like bass guitar.
Usually this is the part of the post where I link to the original song, but I’m going to assume that everyone has seen The Little Mermaid at some point. So instead, follow this link to hear my favorite a capella version of “Kiss the Girl” performed by Sons of Pitches.
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