From the mailbag… we give a reader request the ol’ college try

Well, this post is going to be a little bit different than most of what we do around here.  Oh don’t worry, it’ll still be full of made-up information and tomfoolery, it’s just that we got a special request from a reader to do this post.  A reader named Keith.  Naturally, we had to oblige.

Here is what Keith tasked us with: “Pretend all the members of VP had to re-audition. If you guys could pick the ideal audition song for each guy, what would it be and why?”

Wellllll shoot. Given our lack of musical knowledge and general incompetence when it comes to these sorts of things, we’re not sure why Keith would want to know our opinions on such matters.  For all we know, he just enjoys laughing at our ignorance. And really, who could blame him? We’re pretty hilarious, at least when we’re horribly wrong about things.

But, we’re not two to pass up a Kevin-issued challenge, and so we dove in and attempted to come up with a song for each of the 13 VP members we currently acknowledge.  Um… just don’t expect us to have nailed their vocal ranges or personal tastes or anything.  Or to have picked songs that would translate well to a solo a cappella excerpt for a mind-blowing audition.  Again, we’re aca-stupid here at TMtP (so, shh… while we gave it our best effort, honestly we just kinda picked songs we like).

In no particular order (except Jon goes first since he’s the Mayor of Favorite-town this week):

Jon — “Storybook Love” by Willy DeVille and Mark Knopfler

You guys know how much we love “The Princess Bride.”  And Ben-Jon has taken over the kind / sincere / earnest mantle from Mikey, so this seems like a natural fit.  He would smooth out the song a bit, and we think he’d make it just the loveliest thing any of us have heard.

Trevor — “Where You Are” by Marc Broussard

As you can see here, this song can be adapted to a cappella quite well.  It seems like the kind of song you could really dig into and have a moment with.  It’s also modern and fresh… just like Trevor?

Jake T. — “Dance with Me” by the Wonders

Beaker is quite the little bopper, and we think he could have some fun with this jaunty number.  We’ll also take any chance to get Steve Zahn on the blog, so here ya go.

Landon —  “Be With You” by Mr. Big

Landon seems like the kind of guy who could rock the slow jam power ballad without coming off like a big ol’ cheeseball.  And this song is just a classic, isn’t it?  We’d totally be curious to see how this combo played out.

Ben — “Chasing the Daylight” by Phillip Larue

Originally we were thinking of “I See the Light” from Tangled, perhaps because we’ve heard the recording of Ben singing it himself.  But then we decided that would be a cop-out, and we’ve never been ones to take the easy way out.  So, since “light” was already on our mind, we thought of this little under-appreciated gem.  Ben’s smooth voice would totally melt right into this song, wouldn’t it?

Mikey — “Come On, Let’s Go” by Los Lobos

We decided to go the fun route for Mike on this one.  We imagine this to be in the same vein as “Don’t Be Cruel,” one of our all-time favorite Mikey moments.  We can just picture him smiling his way through the number, his innate Mikey-ness shining through.

Tyler — “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

Tyler’s kind of a hard one to pin down, as we don’t get to hear him sing out front on lead too much.  That being said, we like the idea of him taking on this plaintive and sweetly determined song. It just seems like a good idea to us.

Tanner — “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon

Now, we’re assuming that Tanner would do a kick-awesome vocal percussion audition that none of us can even fathom.  But then he’d probably need to do a straightforward singing audition too, right?  Well, we think he would sound just amazing on anything by Paul Simon, and we’re particularly excited by the thought of him on this song (the intro runs for a while, but it’s great, so we don’t recommend skipping it; the song proper starts at 1:25).

Keith — “Mercy” by OneRepublic

Right? Right? Totally something Keith would just nail.  As vocally interesting as “Grace Kelly” but with a bit more serious message.  For what it’s worth, we imagine it to be more like this version (we prefer that kid’s and Keith’s voices over Ryan Tedder’s voice).

Ross — “Take this Heart” by Richard Marx

Oh, if we could only explain to y’all how much we loved Richard Marx when we were growing up.  He was definitely in the rotation of boyfriends for our Barbies.  And don’t dismiss this as a cheesy early-90s number.  Oh no, we legitimately like this song.  And we think Ross would be great on it (it took a really strong choice to lure us away from Savage Garden, just so you know).

Robert — “Drive” by Bobby McFerrin

We didn’t want to go the typical bass route, because we think Robert is better than the typical bass.  We mean, of course we’d love to hear him sing “16 Tons” or whatever, but for reals… he could blow everyone away with “Drive.”  We already know that he does a mean engine impersonation (im-auto-ation?).  Plus, there’s even some overtone-sounding things in here!

McKay — “Slumber” by Needtobreathe

Um, yes please!  This is a rocking, positive, beast of a song that McKay would just own.  It’s so in his wheelhouse it’s not even funny.  Like, how is it possible he’s not already singing it?

Creepy Jake — “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco

It’s the best thing ever, right?  Can you imagine anything better in life than Creepy Jake rapping in German to this treasure of ’80s pop?  Just Creepy Jake-ing all over the place?  Most. Epic. Thing. Ever.  It would just be the best.  But, alas, ol’ Hunsaker has been refusing to bring the Creepy in the same quantities that he used to, and so this may be a futile dream.  In that case, may we suggest:

Jake H. — “Come What May” by Ewan McGregor

We mean, if we can’t get Falco, we guess we could settle for this.

So, there you have it.  Our completely uninformed, yet we-tried-our-hardest attempt at picking out songs for each Vocal Pointer if they had to re-audition to stay in the group.  Best wishes to everyone who is auditioning this week!  Don’t take any musical advice from us, but make sure you have fun and enjoy the experience!

-Troi and Crusher


13 Responses to From the mailbag… we give a reader request the ol’ college try

  1. SweetPotato says:

    Moulin Rouge/Ewan Mcgregor on the blog.
    I love you guys so much right now.

  2. [insert clever name here] _____ says:

    So this has nothing to do with this post (which is brilliantly brilliant). But the original Vocal Point (2010-2011 minus Mikey and Tanner) did a fireside for a group of us young single people. I thought you’d like to hear some of the funnier things said…

    McExcited told us a cute story about his dog reminding him to pray in the morning. Original Jake responsed to all the McTenderness with… “I never had a dog. I had a llama, all they do is spit.”

    Kevin told us about some of their friends from the Sing Off; Urban Method were their best aca-buddies. (what follows is a direct quote) “We liked them because they were super cool and nice. They liked us because we were nice.” Oh Keith. Fantastic delivery.

    Ben also gave McSmiley a new McNicname while trying to say his real name… McCrayfish. Started out as McKray but immediately morphed into the Mcversion of Fish Jake. I might have laughed a touch louder than appropriate as I knew where the Mcinsert-anything-here___ trend probably originated.

  3. Keith says:

    Ha-HA! YES! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Excellent job, T&C! I heartily approve.

    Also, now that moment in the Simpsons when they go to the “Planet of the Apes” musical and one of the numbers is “Dr. Zaius” – makes a lot more sense….

  4. Could Vocal Point be cooler? says:

    What a happy treat this list is. “I won’t give up” is my new favorite song.

  5. Kris says:

    This is a gigantic song list of win. Very seriously.

    Plus, T&C, I think you need to award yourselves some serious blog points. Not only for your use of the word “tomfoolery”, but also because you were able to include Paul Simon, Steve Zahn, and Falco in the same posting quite naturally… Oh. Yes. 🙂

  6. Kari says:

    You know how the VP members are always saying how amazing it is that you two seem to know what they are thinking and saying? Well, it is amazing that you seem to know what we listen to in this house!! Absolute genius post. I really enjoyed listening to your song selections. I enjoyed everything about it…except Richard Marx’ haircut. Yikes.

    • Awesome! We’re glad our creepy skills are extending out into the readership! And yeah, the hair might be considered unfashionable these days, but Barbie didn’t seem to mind his ‘do in the early 90s.

      -T and C

  7. Erin says:

    Boyfriends for your Barbies? SO hilarious. 😀

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