News Archive 2009-2018

Ursus Verses Included in ‘Best of A Cappella’ Album Archives


Ursus Verses at a 2011 spring concert in the Bowdoin College Chapel

A song sung by Ursus Verses, one of Bowdoin’s co-ed a cappella groups, has been included in a compilation album of selected a cappella songs from around the world. Voices Only, a company that yearly produces an album of collegiate a cappella songs, accepted Ursus Verses’ arrangement of ‘Time to Pretend’ for its 2012 album.

“It’s really cool to be on the album and to be recognized in the a cappella world,” Michael Hendrickson ’13 said. Hendrickson, who sings bass for Ursus Verses, said the song is part of his group’s recently recorded album, No More Crazies, which is for sale at the Bowdoin bookstore.

Hendrickson said this is the first time a Bowdoin group has made it onto a Voices Only album, which this year includes songs sung by groups from Bates College, Middlebury College, Columbia University, Tufts University and others. The Voices Only album and its songs are available on iTunes.

Hendrickson said “Time to Pretend,” by MGMT, is “a unique song” that falls into the indie-electronic genre. “It’s upbeat and exciting, and the arrangement is really cool. We use our voices to sound like the crazy electronic effects that the band uses.”