By Jessica Wiegandt, Lord Botetourt High School
“Pitch Perfect,” a movie that came out in Nov. 2012, seems to have brought about a trend.
In the movie, a song called “Cups,” originally written by Lulu and the Lampshades, is sung as a person’s hands tap a cup in a rhythmic pattern. The singer, in this case Beca, auditions for an a cappella group with the song. She sings and keeps the cup pattern the same, a difficult task to accomplish.
Anna Kendrick, the actress playing Beca, said in an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman that the song was not originally scripted for the film, but she already knew how to do it. She said she had spent an entire day practicing and working on the song until she knew how to sing while conducting the pattern. When the directors of the movie found out, they put the song in the script.
Though Kendrick did not write the song or cup pattern, she has made it immensely popular because of it’s appearance in the movie. Since the movie’s release, teens have been attempting learn and perform, the song.
It’s common for these teens to post a video of their performance on Facebook or YouTube.
It’s a right of bragging, being able to keep the pattern straight and sing at the same time.