If you haven’t heard of Anthony Vincent’s you’re about to become a very happy person. Vincent is a vocal virtuoso who immediately brings to mind someone like Mike Patton–the dude has got more range than you can shake a tuning fork at, plus the dexterity to pull off a variety of musical styles. Vincent is best-known for his “Ten Second Songs” series, which is exactly what it sounds like: He plays one song in the style of one singer or band for about ten seconds, and then switches to another performer for the next part of the song. Thanks to the wonders of technology, he then stitches together all this musical goodness and presents it to the world as a seamless, beautiful creation. Like a baby made of audio clips. Only cuddlier.
Vincent’s latest presentation is a Christmas miracle. Here’s his version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” sung twenty different ways. Get a notepad:
The “Alvin and the Chipmunks” moment is brilliant. Including Thurl Ravenscroft from How The Grinch Stole Christmas was a nice touch, too. But the best series has to be the Usher-Meshuggah-Il Divo trifecta. Why? Because, on paper, it doesn’t work at all–and then you hear it, and think “Oh of course those three go in that order. I will always listen to Il Divo after Meshuggah from now on.”
This particular video has just a shade under three million views on YouTube in the two weeks since it’s been uploaded. And Vincent’s got a whole boatload more songs to choose from: feel free to amuse yourself.