High School Talent Show

My son was in an a cappella group in high school. He asked me what songs I liked from the 60s and I mentioned “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters. He thought that would be a great song for his a cappella group to perform at his school’s talent show. I was kind of dubious, but I’m no a cappella music guru, so what did I know?

For several weeks, the other members of his group would travel to our house after school and on weekends for their rehearsals. My daughter, his older sister, would needle my son about choosing “Up on the Roof” for the talent show. She thought something more contemporary, a song from the 80s, would have been a better choice. But he argued that the parents in the audience who came to their kids’ talent show, would appreciate a song from “their” era.

And my son was right. His a cappella group’s rendition of that Drifters classic was a big hit, earning his group the blue ribbon for their performance.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One Word Challenge (roof), Your Daily Word Prompt (dubious), Word of the Day Challenge (guru), Ragtag Daily Prompt (travel), My Vivid Blog (rehearsal), and The Daily Spur (needle). Photo credit: Joe Martinez.

Note: this is fiction. My son was not in an a cappella group in high school (although he was in college and in law school), never won a blue ribbon for singing “Up on the Roof,” and the photo at the top of this post is of the University of Birmingham Sons of Pitches a cappella group, of which my son was not a member.

10 thoughts on “High School Talent Show

  1. Marleen January 8, 2023 / 6:32 am

    I was like, “what is that noise?” In my first house/home (as a baby and until I was about ten) there were neighbors from Hungary — the parents of which had escaped a war along with their own parents — who had a pigeon cage off their back porch.

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  2. newepicauthor January 8, 2023 / 7:19 am

    One time I won a blue ribbon, oh wait I mean I drank some Pabst beer.

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  3. bushboy January 8, 2023 / 1:44 pm

    A fabulous bullshit post Fandango….had me drawn in although the song I didn’t think would work a cappella

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    • Fandango January 8, 2023 / 3:06 pm

      There is an a cappella version of that song on YouTube, but you’re right, it didn’t work all that well.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam January 8, 2023 / 3:02 pm

    Love it 🙂

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  5. leigha66 January 28, 2023 / 3:34 pm

    Great song Fandango! And it would lend itself well to a cappella!

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