Song of the Day #652: ‘Landed (a cappella version)’ – The Yale Spizzwinks(?)

One of the things I love about Ben Folds is how fully he embraces new ideas in his music. While Ben Folds Five was still together, he put out his first solo album under the moniker Fear of Pop. The album, Volume One, relied heavily on samples, electronica, spoken word pieces and ambient noise. The first single featured a deadpan William Shatner opining on the battle of the sexes.

He’s also taken in stride the Internet’s encroachment on the recording industry, releasing a series of EPs through his Web site between albums and adopting Twitter when it was first catching on. Recently he worked a Chat Roulette feature into his concert, improvising songs for a random string of chatters.

Folds released a new version of his most recent album, Way to Normal, on which the tracks were remixed and resequenced. A second disc in the package contained all of the discrete tracks that made up the songs, and Folds encouraged fans to create their own mixes.

Which is all to say that being a Ben Folds fan involves following him down some pretty creative and interesting musical alleyways, and God bless him for it.

One of Folds’ latest projects is Ben Folds Presents: University a Cappella!, a collection of his songs performed by, yes, university a cappella groups.

Today’s song, ‘Landed,’ is performed by The Yale Spizzwinks(?) (the question mark is part of their name) and didn’t make the album. But I found it on YouTube along with dozens of other clips which I suppose served as audition tapes. I don’t know if I’d listen to this sort of thing on a whole album, but you have to admire the craft involved.

We’d hit the bottom
I thought it was my fault
And in a way I guess it was
I’m just now finding out
What it was all about

We’d moved to the west coast
Away from everyone
She never told me that you called
Back when I was still
I was still in love

‘Till I opened my eyes and walked out the door
And the clouds came tumbling down
And it’s bye-bye goodbye I tried
And I twisted it wrong just to make it right
I had to leave myself behind
And I’ve been flying high all night

So come pick me up
I’ve landed…

The daily dramas
She made from nothing
So nothing ever made it right

She liked to push me
And talk me back down
‘Till i believed I was the crazy one
And in a way
I guess I was

‘Till I opened my eyes and walked out the door
And the clouds came tumbling down
And it’s bye-bye goodbye I tried
Treading the sea of a troubled mind
I had to leave myself behind
Singin’ bye-bye goodbye I tried

If you wrote me off
I’d understand it
‘Cause I’ve been on
Some other planet
So come pick me up
I’ve landed…

And you will be so
Happy to know
I’ve come alone
It’s over

And I opened my eyes and walked out the door
And the clouds came tumbling down
And it’s bye-bye goodbye I tried
Down comes the reign of the telephone czar
It’s okay to call
And I will answer for myself
Come pick me up…
(Ba ba’s)
Come pick me up…
Ba ba’s..
I’ve landed.

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #652: ‘Landed (a cappella version)’ – The Yale Spizzwinks(?)

  1. pegclifton says:

    It’s amazing how musical they are with just their voices and no instruments; I agree you have to admire the craft involved.

  2. Dana says:

    Just love what Folds does with his music. This is really cool stuff.

  3. Amy says:

    A friend of mine from work posted a clip like this on Facebook last year before we went to see Ben Folds in concert. I was so impressed and delighted that he would embark on such a project. I wish more successful artists would do things like this – and by “this,” I mean reach out to work with artistic kids in schools and colleges,

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