Boys and girls of every age…

October 31, 2012

…wouldn’t you like to see something strange?

Oh, we’re just kidding, Jake. 😉 😉

Okay, in lieu of something strange, how about a lil’ Vocal Point-and-candy-flavored viewing game instead?

Here’s what you do:

First, go get your stash of Halloween candy.  Got it?  Good.

Okay, now you’re ready to watch the Halloween medley opener from the Sing-off last year.  That’s right, we’re kickin’ it True Group style today.  You guys remember this one, right?  It’s the one with this awesome hand raise:

If you can recall the way early days of the blog, that moment of win inspired this Dear Keith, (written before we ever knew Keith would actually see the blog and answer his Dear Keiths!).

Ah, good times.

Alright, so here is the video of the full performance, as posted by caldwellj on YouTube.

You can go ahead and watch the video a few times for enjoyment if you want to.  You may notice that certain VPers are easier to spot than others.  Once you’re ready, here’s how you play:

Each time you see Keith, eat some Nerds or Smarties.  We doubled up on the options for Kevin for two reasons: first, he’s in the number a whole dang lot, so we wanted to make sure you’d have enough candy to get through it.  Second, we originally picked Nerds, and we have to say, Nerds are totally one of the best candies and if you’re going to be eating something as many times as Gandalf is in this number, it should be something as awesome as Nerds.  But then we got worried that Keith would read an unintended negative connotation into being paired up with Nerds (really, even if we were directly calling him a nerd, that would only be a compliment coming from us).  So we thought Smarties might be a good second choice.  Plus, everyone always gets a ton of Smarties at Halloween, so there should be enough to make it all the way through to the Charleston magic.

Okay, next up: a McCrockett sighting means it’s time to eat some candy corn.  Why, you ask?

Oh, no reason.

Alright, so now we’re chugging right along, which is the perfect time for a little Tyler the Tank Engine action.  Of course, if you want to stop for a sammich break at this point, go right ahead.  Otherwise, partake in a Tootsie Pop each time you can identify Tyler in the video.  Tootsie Pops are a staple of Halloween, and no treat bag is complete without one.  Just like how Tyler was a total team player in VP, and the True Group just wouldn’t have been the same without his power stances.

Now if you happen to spot Ben and his smooth voice, take the opportunity to snack on the Milk Duds in your candy stash, with their equally smooth caramel center.

Cool.  Now, when you spy a little Rossface happening, it’s time for the 8 second Cowboy Ross challenge.  Do as the man himself would want, and see how many Jelly Bellys you can toss into the air and catch in your mouth in 8 seconds.  Double-points if you tag-team with a friend and toss the jelly beans into each other’s mouths.

And what candy should you dig out of your bag if you manage to spot Mikey?  Well, Mike and Ikes, of course.  And really, would Mike be able to get along with Ikes?

Of course!

Sure?

Yeah, maybe.

Uh, not so much.

This performance, of course, is the one where we noted Robert is being a bit on the creepy side.  Of course, that’s kind of the goal, so he’s really just on task.  Take the chance when you spot him to enjoy a nice Now and Later, since he was in Vocal Point at the “now” of the taping of this performance, and is still in Vocal Point “later.”  Just seems fitting since he’s the only guy who has remained in VP for all of the “nows” between then and present day, and will still be around for some “laters” to come.

CLARK BONUS!  Whenever you watch the video and you get to the part at 2:31 where Clark from the Aires says, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” eat a mini-Clark bar if you have one.  Otherwise, show that you ain’t afraid of no mystery candy, close your eyes, and select a piece at random.  Maybe you’ll get lucky and get a Reese’s.  Maybe you’ll draw the despair of those horrible peanut butter kisses / Mary Jane grossnesses.  It’s a risk.  A low one, admittedly, but that’s the sort of “living dangerously” you get here at TMtP.

Okay, so playing “spot the Hunsaker” is extra fun for this performance, since he puts on his Troy costume for a hot second midway through the number.  And there’s really only one candy fit for the man with his very own Jake’s Jokes blog segment.  That’s right, enjoy some nice Laffy Taffy when you catch a glimpse of Original Flavor Jake doing his thang.  Feel free to submit the jokes from your Laffy Taffy wrappers in the comments, we’re sure Jake will appreciate the new material.  Here’s one to get us started (from an actual Laffy Taffy wrapper, we take no credit / blame for this):

Q: Which candy can’t get anywhere on time?

A: Choco-LATE!

Hee.

And finally, if you manage to spot and identify the elusive Honey Badger, well, dear reader, it’s time to go all out.  Bust out the good stuff.  That’s right, if you’ve got it, it’s time for you to eat your BYU Bookstore Fudge.  Nearly eight months since we went to Provo, we finally hear about this wonder.  And just like Tanner in this performance, it apparently was there all along, but we just weren’t able to see it clearly at first.

And speaking of BYU Bookstore Fudge, we want to give a special birthday shout-out to our blog reader Lynette, who was the first kind soul to tell us about this wonder.  We’re currently even considering buying some for our Thanksgiving holiday (any recommendations on which variety is best?).  So thanks, Lynette, for providing us with valuable information for making likely poor grown-up decisions!  Have a fantastic birthday!

Alright, everybody, now we don’t want you to make yourself sick on candy playing this game, but we do hope that it at least encourages you to rewatch the Halloween opener and try to spot all nine guys.  It’s a fun little challenge, exacerbated by the fact that some of the guys are wearing the plastic wigs, while others are not (we can’t find a logic as to the who and why of how that played out, but we’d love to hear if there was some reasoning).  And then, if you want to get really sentimental, go check out the Elvis medley again, since that was the other performance VP had this week last year.

-Troi and Crusher

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Wonder twin powers activate!

October 29, 2012

(First thing: we hope any readers who are in the path of Hurricane Sandy have a safe next couple of days.  We really wish Hunker Down Hunsaker was on our TV screens to give us live updates on all of the hunkering down that’s going on.  And Hurricane Sandy just needs to move on — we’d much rather deal with Hurricane Michael Carrington.)

So, here we are, a couple of months into the McReign, and we have to say, things seem to be going along quite swimmingly.  In fact, in the case of the Hawaii trip, there was literal swimming going on.  Today we’re going to look at a video that isn’t ripe for cracking jokes, but it does celebrate some important VP things: namely the new album and the McBestie bonded pair friendship.

The guys sang at a fireside last night, and in this video posted by lexilbach, you can see their version of “Danny Boy.”

Just gorgeous, isn’t it?  All of the guys sound amazing.  But here’s a particularly cool thing about this song:  McCrockett is the one who created the pretty, pretty arrangement, and then it’s his McBestie Kevin who sings it so wonderfully, both here and on the album.

Let’s all take a moment just to enjoy how happy it makes our ears.

Okay, so now that we’ve taken that moment, we do just have to wonder… clearly (clearly) the awesomeness of “Danny Boy” is increased exponentially due to the McBestie Wonder Twin collaboration.  Those two guys together are verging on un-freakin’-stoppable.  But, we can’t quite figure out…

Who is the octopus and who is the ice unicycle?  Our gut says Keith’s voice is the octopus riding on McButters’ ice unicycle of an arrangement, but we’re not quite sure.

Also, we wanted to slip in this quick little gem from the Homecoming Spectacular (Spectacular!).

Okay, we should note that this video was posted by one of our super blog helpers, who goes by the name Sterling Scholar on YouTube.  Wait, pause.  Why yes, yes we do have our very own blog helper who is enrolled in the Papa Sterling School of Full-Group Videography, and we totally love her for it.

So, we’re super-grateful for this video and the other ones Sterling Scholar managed to get for us (which we’ll be blogging about in the near future).  But we wanted to point out just two moments of complete win here and now.

First, please take note of Ben-Jon at :22.

Totally killing it.  We definitely approve of this as a potential signature move for Ben-Jon.

Speaking of signature moves, we’re also happy to see that the LSR is alive and well at :35.

We were a little concerned that we hadn’t seen proof of it yet in its full glory, and we were hoping against hope that it would be present in the Second Keith Evans Era.  Because, we’re not sure if y’all have heard, but Rerun isn’t just doing a retread of what he previously did in Vocal Point.  Oh no, he’s doing different solos this time around and everything.  But at least the LSR is here to stay.  You guys know how hard it is for us to adjust to change.  We’re just not sure our blog hearts could have taken it if the LSR was gone forever.

-Troi and Crusher


Fixed Bio Series – Mega-G Edition

October 26, 2012

Alright, so y’all know how excited we were to see Vocal Point’s official website finally (finally!) get updated.

And the guys actually did a decent job on their bios.  But except for Landon’s, none of them really meet the strict TMtP standards of Made-up Information.  So of course, we had to do as we do, and, well… “fix” things for them.

This is going to be an ongoing series here at TMtP for a while, and we’ve decided to start at the top of the list (because if there’s one thing everybody knows, it’s that we don’t have favorites amongst all of the special snowflakes!).  So, that means darling Adam is our first recipient of a customized, super-duper, super-convoluted TMtP-fixed bio!

Before we get to the bio proper, we obviously first had to fix the blurb.  For reference, you can check out his original blurb here.

“Pow”? Does this mean two of the other guys bring the “boom” and the… other “boom”?  Okay, points for enthusiasm, but still… we’re gonna fix that for ya:

Okay, with the blurb taken care of, it’s now time to tackle the Big Show (snicker)! Here’s the link to Adam’s original bio.

Not too shabby. We kinda want to hear the ambulance story, actually. But until then, we’ll just have to make up some stuff:

(Click on that if you want to see the text larger.)

Alright, everybody, there ya go!  The very first of the fixed bios.  We hope that everyone takes this opportunity to get to know all of the New New Guys a bit better.  And heck, we could probably all stand to get to know the New Guys better, too.  And Robert.  (The only non-New/New New guy at this point).  Oh, and Adam… we’ll be waiting for that ambulance story.

-Troi and Crusher

PS – Did everyone notice that ALL of the New New guys have now commented on the blog?  Yup, Cowboy Conlon stopped by yesterday in the comments here.


A little signing, a little singing, and a whole lot of sass

October 24, 2012

Okay, has everybody bought their copy of Vocal Point’s new album, Lead Thou Me On?  There’s some pretty sweet stuff on there, right?

Those in Provo today had the opportunity to go to a fun little event at the BYU bookstore and get their CD signed by VP themselves.  BYU Records posted some photos on their facebook page.  But we have an extra-special treat for you, TMtP readers.  You see, the awesome Michelle was a super blog helper and came through as a source of some great photos and videos from the event.

Today, we’d like to feature this video she got of a bookstore performance of one of the new tracks on the album, “Noyana / Come, Come, Ye Saints”.

This cool arrangement is a Prince Trevortastic product, and we think the guys sound fantastic on it.  And we have to give props to Michelle for the videography — when your proximity to the singers makes Papa Sterling-style full group videography an impossibility, this kind of steady and inclusive style is definitely the way to go.

Michelle also uploaded this video of “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” from the signing.

Once again, we’ll have to take Keith’s word that he was werkin’ it.  (Although we can say with confidence that, just like Ben-Jon, he is werkin’ the new hairstyle.)

Make sure you check out 1:08 — doesn’t Trevor sound just freakin’ amazing?  So smooth and soulful.  We love it.

And finally, Michelle the wonder-helper sent us some great photos she took of the event.  Some of them we’re going to store away for a rainy blog day.  But it would have been downright selfish to hold on to this one and we just couldn’t keep it from y’all; we had to share it immediately.

Anyone want to take a shot at captioning that gem?

We’ll start with:

“Keith Evans…

…is not impressed.”

-Troi and Crusher


It’s a very important day for Vocal Point…

October 23, 2012

That’s right, it’s TMtP’s 10 month birthday!  Woo-hoo!

What’s that?  There’s something else important going on for VP today?  A NEW ALBUM!?!?! Okay, we’ll be on that right quick after we blow out some candles and eat a slice of cake.

Yum.

Alright, so onto this album business.  Lead Thou Me On, Vocal Point’s first record comprised entirely of hymns and spiritual songs was released today.

It is available all over the web (best price we’ve seen is here), including digitally at iTunes and Amazon if you don’t want to wait for a physical CD.

Of course, being an album of hymns and inspirational songs means that we won’t be doing our usual TMtP-style take on it — some things just aren’t made for snarking on or cracking jokes about.  But as fans of beautiful music, we can’t wait to check it out (our advance press copy must have gotten lost in the mail, right, McButters?).  The preview clips sound simply gorgeous.  And about half of the tracks are new recordings.

Here’s the full song list from the album:

  • Lead, Kindly Light
  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • I Need Thee Every Hour
  • Danny Boy
  • He Is Born
  • Novana / Come, Come, Ye Saints
  • Be Still, My Soul
  • We All Need Saving
  • Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
  • Praise to the Man
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • Savior, Redeemer of My Soul
  • Nearer, My God, to Thee

Now, there is one aspect of this album release that has us truly giddy, and it may not be super-obvious at first.  But we’ll tell you right now, because we’re givers like that.  Lead Thou Me On gives us the perfect excuse (er, reason) to make our first TMtP mention of one of our favorite former Vocal Pointers.  Yes, pre-True Group (Gasp! Horror! We’re acknowledging life before The Sing-off!  Heck, we’re acknowledging life before the McBesties!).

And just who may that be, you ask?  Well dear readers, we’re so excited to give a little blog shout-out to the soloist on track #5, “He is Born.”  The one and only, Ryan Innes.

Now, you may wonder why we like Mr. Innes when his VP era so pre-dates our area of “expertise” (expertise = making stuff up time).

Is it his active and exciting musical career?

Nope.

Is it his soulful voice and great taste in material?

Not really.

So, what is it?

It’s really quite simple.  Anyone who in his facebook music page bio (and ReverbNation page) refers to himself as “fat and sassy” automatically gets moved onto our favorite people list.  It’s a pretty simple rule, but one that has never failed us in the past.  Fat and sassy is just a winning combination.  And so for that, we are so happy to be able to have just a bit of the fat and sassiness on TMtP.  Although he may never see this, we still say, “Welcome, Ryan, welcome. You’re our kind of people.  Make yourself at home.”

So, here’s to celebrating the blog birthday with a lovely collection of hymns and inspirational songs from Vocal Point and a blog debut of a VP classic! If you buy the album (or sing on it), let us know what you think in the comments!

-Troi and Crusher