The songs of happiness

Joyful melodies

The songs of happiness

Carolling has come a long way, enthralling everyone who knows the melodies of the season. Bringing in a twist to the traditional songs and going viral on social media with just one post is ‘The Acoustic Project’ (TAP), unfurling joy in many houses across the City.

Started almost two and a half years back, this talented team of nine performed at various NGOs, colleges and corporate gigs as young college-goers. Moving on from college, the team reduced to six. Today, it has a mix of professionals and students consisting of  Tony Joy, Peter Alvin, Pilith Pericho, Adrian Jeffrey, Jonathan Adriel and Miriam. A budding band in the City, this enthusiastic acoustic team decided on spreading the joy of Christmas this season. Without much pre-planning, they posted a note ‘We are going caroling this Christmas season. Inbox us if you want us to come over to your place’. And their inbox was flooded, against their expectations. Thrilled by the response, the team set out on a carol journey and have covered 50 houses!

Says Pilith, “We started off on December 17 and planned to do it for three days. But with heavy flowing requests we had to extend our original plan and we went on singing till yesterday.” Bannerghatta, Whitefield, Victoria Layout, Castle Street, Indiranagar, CV Raman Nagar...they did not want to disappoint anyone who was eagerly waiting for their arrival after ‘inbox’ing their them their address. “In Bannerghatta, we had requests from just two houses. Yet, we went so far as we did not want to dishearten anyone this joyous season,” he says.

So what popular songs did they sing? “I would not say they were all popular but they were definitely unique. Even though we carried our guitar along, there were times when we did just the acappella version. Singing from the door step, we did beatboxing and gave a different feel to the songs. With a mix of popular carols, we came up with our own compositions (dominantly composed by Adrian) as well, which received an overwhelming response.

One of our original compositions was ‘Has Come To Save’ and the rest were a medley of ‘Jingle Bells’ (with rock mix),  ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, ‘Angels We Have Heard On High’.”  While they insisted on not taking any kind of donations, the unstoppable ones, he says, “Will sponsor the education of two children at United Arms, an NGO.” Managing time between college, work and singing, they look forward to making their plan of carolling bigger the next time, so, “Be on a lookout!”

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