RACINE (AP) - Paige Hagemann, 10, erupted into laughter as the Children's Choir of Teh Internet recorded a new song on Aug. 10.
"There's laughing in the middle of that," the ensemble's director Jack Senzig said. "Come on, we can't do that."
Hagemann and the rest of the choir, a group of 20, reset themselves to record another take.
"We have to try a million times to make it perfect," explained Ella Miller, 10, a student at Red Apple Elementary School.
Senzig, a vocal music teacher at Red Apple, 914 St. Patrick St., has long been interested in posting his choirs' work online, covering bands with which he hopes to collaborate.
Last spring, Red Apple's choir, Applechor, covered "Chemicals Collide" in its spring concert, a song by indie rock band Cloud Cult.
The band saw the video, and Senzig suggested that they work together on a future project. Cloud Cult agreed to a collaboration, and asked the students to sing on an upcoming album.
So, CCTI spent Aug. 10 wearing earphones and singing one of Cloud Cult's new songs - over and over again.
The long morning had many children yawning and calling repeatedly for bathroom and snack breaks as they recorded in the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio St. But their enthusiasm for choir, Senzig and their song selections could not be dulled.
"I think choir is awesome and fun," May Kohler, 11, told The Journal Times of Racine. Mr. Senzig "brings out the best quality in each of us."
Though many singers in CCTI are from Applechor, Senzig opened the choir up to the community this summer, forming the CCTI through his new organization, Our Musical Life, which is independent of Racine Unified.
"We get to meet a lot of new people from different schools," said Hagemann, who attends Red Apple. "It's fun to meet someone new who likes the same things you like."
The Children's Choir of Teh Internet, so named because "the" is often misspelled online, will still meet during the school year, and children in second through sixth grades will be eligible to sing with the group.
In addition to recording audio for Cloud Cult's upcoming album, the children of the CCTI filmed a fan video for Minecraft.
Since the video game does not contain any music with lyrics, Senzig wrote his own for the children to perform.
Senzig's plan is to have the video ready for YouTube by mid-September.
"Honestly, I think this video will go viral," said Payten Highman, 11, who attends the REAL School.
Kohler, who attends St. Catherine's, agrees. "I think it's going to get a lot of hits ... especially since a lot of people are into Minecraft."
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