Back in my first year of university I lived in the wonderful St Salvator’s Hall. While many of my fellow Sallies students had views of a charming lawn, or the stunning North Sea, (or a glimpse into Sean Connery’s back garden) from their bedroom window, I was instead blessed with a close-up view of the back of the Younger Hall (location of many a matriculation, ball, exam, and graduation, as well as the home of the uni music department).
It wasn’t the most attractive sight, and sometimes it was darn right intolerable having to listen to people practicing scales at unreasonable hours of the morning. However, that was all made up for due to the fact that I was able to listen into rehearsals of The Other Guys, St Andrews’ most famous A Capella group, as they practiced in the basement of the Younger Hall, and their charming harmonies drifted out of their open window and up to mine.
This Christmas, you all get to experience a little of that magic, as the current line-up of The Other Guys have released a wee single, with the hope that it’ll be named Christmas No. 1 this year.
Here’s the video to give you a taste, but do go and buy a copy; I’m led to believe that the profits go to the St Andrews Bursary Fund, and it’ll certainly be a superior No. 1 than the standard, evil, reality TV offering.
In summary: feeling nostalgic for my beloved alma mater.