November 2, 2010

O! Say can you sing

U of C a capella RSO Ransom Notes sang the national anthem in front of thousands at the “Moving America Forward” rally Saturday.

“To be entirely honest, it was a little terrifying,” said Meredith Herbst, a third-year and the Ransom Notes’ musical director. “We didn’t even remember what had happened.”

Third-year Adam Rosenthal, head of the a cappella council contacted all of the a cappella groups on campus in search of an act to sing at the rally, he said in an e-mail, and selected Ransom Notes at random. After they submitted a sample video—as well as the names of its members for background checks—the DNC slated them to perform before hip-hop artist Common, who took some time after the rally to sign autographs for them.