Miscellania CD hot off the presses
Bowdoin's all-female a cappella group Miscellania celebrated the release
of No Sleep In A Quiet Room, their first CD released in four years,
with a well-attended performance and party at Quinby House earlier this
month. The title of the album is taken from a lyric in Counting Crows'
"Anna Begins," which Miscellania performs on the album, along
with 19 more tunes by a wide range of artists including U2, Mariah Carey,
Sarah McLachlan, Duran Duran, Dido, En Vogue, and Natalie Merchant.
Miscellania records 10 or 12 songs in their repertoire at the end of
every year, according to member Sarah Ramey '03. Songs are brought in
by members and chosen in a round-table process. Ramey described the process
of arranging songs as time-consuming, but worth it. In selecting half
of about 40 tracks for the album, the group chose based on which tracks
sounded the best and which highlighted current members. The unreleased
songs did manage to find their way onto a "bootleg b-sides album"
that circulated at a Miscellania reunion celebrating the 30th year of
The group's membership fluctuates due to girls studying away or graduating,
and, as a result, auditions are held several times a year. The current
membership of the group includes two seniors, four juniors, two sophomores,
and five first-years.
"It's like a little family," said Letitia Pierre '05, who joined
the group the week before the CD release party.
"I was away last semester, but it was good to come back to find
Miscellania the same, if not better," Ramey said.
Miscellania's next live performance will be at the Spring Jam next Friday
evening in Morrell Lounge. They will be joined at the show by the campus's
other a cappella groups and possibly by some groups from other schools.
The final Miscellania performance of the year is the Spring Sing in Hubbard
Hall on the Sunday at the end of reading period. This is a sendoff show
for the senior members, who traditionally sing all the songs they've soloed
on since their freshman year, according to Sarah Cohn '02.
Reflecting on her four years in the group, Cohn said, "It's been
a great experience
Miscellania is hoping to tour more in the future and put out a new album in spring 2003. No Sleep in A Quiet Room can be purchased for $15 at the Bowdoin Bookstore or from any member of the group.