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Just over seven miles away from my lovely abode, in the small community of Graniteville, New York (actually located in Staten Island) is where you will find the Public School 22 chorus.  Behind the auditorium doors of PS22 are a group of 5th grade elementary school students that are belting some of my favorite songs by my favorite artists, such as Beach House, Phoenix, and Jay-Z.  And while this is going on, all I can think about is how awful the songs were in my music class, headed by a music teacher who was likely older than my grandmother.  We would sing the “Finger Song” and a tune that named all of the states in alphabetical order with their accompanying capitals.  Ugh.

At any rate, the PS22 choir have been endorsed by a slew of celebrities ranging from Oprah to Matisyahu to B.J. Novak of The Office fame.  In fact, their stardom has led this yearly changing choir to record and sing on Passion Pit’s Manners and have had performances recorded where the actual artist, like Matisyahu and Fleetwood Mac, either asks to join the choir, or asks the choir to join onstage during the songs that were covered.  The passion and enthusiasm coming from each fifth grade class that have passed through Gregg Breinberg’s auditorium (more commonly known as Mr. B, of course) is unmatched.  It’s inspiring, uplifting, and certainly worth the accolades that this choir has received, and hardly need celebrity endorsements to enjoy.

Below are just a fraction of their performances, all of which can be found on their YouTube page or their website.

Lady Gaga – Just Dance

Phoenix – Litszomania

Fleetwood Mac – Landslide

Matisyahu – One Day

Passion Pit – Little Secrets (in the studio)

Beach House – Zebra





IsItLuck?
07.22.10
so beautiful :')

Knott-
07.22.10
this is amazing

SeaAnemone
07.22.10
Beach House one is awesome

pizzamachine
07.22.10
Interesting stuff. Considering how good the choir sounds digitally, their live performances must be incredible.

FlawedPerfection
07.22.10
So awesome.

Satellite
07.22.10
Ha, this rules.

pneumoniahawk93
07.22.10
I wish my old choir was something like this...I thought they simulated the choir on Little Secrets..

Douglas
07.22.10
Oh wow, crowded house, how was that?

Skimaskcheck
07.22.10
ahh whoa, this is so cool! Landslide is fantastic

StreetlightRock
07.22.10
This is so sick

Rembrandtish
07.22.10
abode

radianteclipse
07.22.10
The fact that they did Beach House makes this a hundred times more interesting in my book. And the amazing thing is, they really did "Zebra" justice. I was totally caught off guard. Consider me sold.

thediamondcanopy
07.23.10
Made my day.

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