Consistency

30 years. That’s how long The Real Group has been singing together.

During that time they’ve made many albums, countless performances and world tours. They make art and have forever changed the landscape of vocal jazz and a cappella singing.

One of the things that strikes me most about their career is consistency.

From the beginning, they approached a singing group with the drive and daily work ethic you would expect from any future world class performer – whether a string quartet, a hockey team, or a NASA flight crew.

They still practice for hours every day – to make sure that they are consistently reaching the incredibly high standard they have set. Their intonation, their artistry, their attention to entertainment are among the best in the world, and not by accident.

Last year when I described another singing group to TRG alto Katarina, one that sells out large concert halls but whose rehearsal process consists of a day or two prior to the start of each tour, she shook her head in disbelief. She described it as totally alien to them. Baritone Morten added, “a suicide mission.”

You can’t get to world class consistency without the daily work.

Today I celebrate 100 consecutive daily posts here. A small bit of consistency, but one that seemed unreachably large when I started.

I’m looking forward to celebrating even more when The Real Group brings their THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY TOUR to West Michigan next Wednesday, Feb. 18. I’ve heard them twice already in the last 12 months, and I can’t wait to make it three. Every time, my jaw drops at their virtuosity, and I cry at the artistry.

I hope to see you there!


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