Alright, T and C here, explaining what’s going on with this post. Basically, we’ve got a special treat for everyone today. It’s the debut of our first-ever guest post, written by one of the TMtP faithful. Now, of course a guest blogger has to be properly pseuded up, so we’d like to introduce all of you to Geordi:
Geordi was able to be at the most recent concerts, and the performance of “September” especially spoke to her. So we thought that now, just after we’ve celebrated the blog’s eleven-month birthday, it would be fun to try out something new. So we asked her to boldly go where no reader has gone before, and write our first-ever guest performance review. Geordi took on the challenge like a boss, and we hope all of you enjoy her review as much as we do. Without further ado…
I am proud to be presenting to you this special performance review of September from the Friday night Vocal Point show. Disco is woven into my soul, and Vocal Point is written on my heart, and TMtP is like white cheddar Cheez-its that I can’t stop eating. So together, I guess this post will represent my soul, my heart, and my stomach. Let us commence.
First, some general notes on Scoot in particular. In seeing Scoot’s performances via Youtube and this blessed blog, he seemed like a nice, regular addition to VP. Though I knew he was a small thing, nothing more than a passing shelf person thought entered my mind. However, in person, he is a full-on “orphaned-puppy-full-of-love-and-joy” kind of adorable. A shelf person if I ever saw one. He really gives McButters a run for his money, though I don’t know how much you get paid to be the McDictator…. He is so adorable I was actually surprised to find that he is older than I had expected (which, btw, I totally accidentally found out his age using non-creepy methods, truly). And his usage of the TASH is now even more understandable.
Let us begin with this delightful video taken by vtwixted787 (I thank you kindly).
Though I must advise you to also take a look at the video on VP’s official facebook page. It has fantastic video quality. Now, Scoot is giving a cute little talkie, telling people to get up and dance (I think I will/did Scott, thanks for the suggestion), however do not let it distract from the ripple in the back. This is no simple ripple, there are step touches, swinging arms, and Walk Like an Egyptian head bobs. Bravo. And right into a reverse ripple? Really. Top notch.
And then Scoot takes off.
Oh and then Scoot literally takes off at 0:29. Am I the only one thinking “King Scoot” right here? Maybe he really is trying to challenge the McDictator!
It does kind of look like he’s pointing at the spot in which I imagine McButters was standing. A little bit threatening — sounds like someone knows of the capabilities of the man behind the McPlot…
Moving on to 0:35, we seem to have some simple touch-touch choreography, a nice variation on the step-touch. But make sure you check out Kevin because he really spices it up with some knee body rolls…knee rolls? No, no, that sounds like he is an elderly woman with cankles. Knee wobbles. Much better.
Oh and don’t keep your eyes off of Keith because then he busts out what has been already been termed “Fish-out-of-water Keith”. It is worth watching. Multiple times. I guffawed when seeing it in person. And I must say, I do not guffaw lightly.
Though I have to add, once you have taken in Keith’s choice, take a quick peek at Beaker. Just a quick one. You won’t be disappointed.
We get to the chorus and I must give out two well deserved compliments. Once again, Scoot, hitting those falsetto notes like a true champion. Well, perhaps like a king? (All of the sudden I’m getting flashes of Scoot as Simba singing “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” … wow, that’s precious.) And then I’ve gotta say, the group body rolls are intensely impressive. Though Landon looks a bit like another fish out of water… noble effort though.
And then how much does Beaker love that move at 0:49? Too much. Probably because he’s powered by soul power.
At 0:54, we have a move that, while similar to the opening ripple, is different enough to clearly be lifted from Double Dream Hands. Oh please, oh please, let that move have been lifted from Double Dream Hands. I don’t think I’m the only one who would get great joy from that.
Scott takes off again in the second verse. This time to the audience, wooing a lady surely. The boys are even kind enough to point to her for us YouTube watchers at 1:08, then they try to make it a little less like when Original Flavor Jake would stare into our souls by adding in some smooth side body rolls. Which Landon nailed by the way.
At 1:14, we get a little West Side Story action which begs the question, are our boys the Jets or the Sharks?
Scott rejoins the group as the boys do a bit of a chicken move. Robert definitely flaps his wings the most, perhaps Elmo was channeling a bit of Big Bird.
Then, at 1:23 comes the next best thing after Double Dream Hands, the stanky legg. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it’s time to familiarize yourself. When you’ve rejoined us, you will see that Kevin, Robert, and Conlon have clearly mastered the move. Stealthily and surprisingly stanky, who would have thought you’d find that in a BYU a cappella group?
In the Great Formation Change of 1:27 you will see not one, not two, but three high fives, visibly given by Kevin, Ben-Jon, and Trevortastic, though the receivers are unclear. One more high-five and we would have a complete set going on. There’s always room for improvement.
At 1:52 Scoot gives that rock star shout out we’ve all secretly wanted to give and introduces the boys. Using their real names. Boring. Just imagine “We’ve got Conlon, Beaker, Landon, Mega-Gigantor, Trevortastic, Ben-Jon, Rerun Evans, and Bobert. And IIIIIII’m Scoot!” Maybe one day.
The audience begins to get up and groove (goaded on by the energetic waving of Beaker’s hand). And even our camera person gets up. Feelin’ the groove.
Mass chaos breaks out when some of the boys run into the audience, spreading the disco love and cheer! Bobert, Rerun, and Mega-Gigantor hold down the stage choreography fort. Though it looks like Rerun forgot he was supposed to hold it down until the body rolls came up. Which is fine, the skill of his body rolls more than makes up for his lack of grapevine.
Also, because Mega-Gigantor holds down the choreography fort on stage right, we get the unique opportunity to…actually see him doing choreography! For a man of 8 feet (close right?) being in such plain view of the audience seems rare.
Then at 2:37, Scoot not only falsettoes his way into our hearts again on the chorus, but joins in on the choreography! Double win. Body rolling and falsetto-ing at the same time can’t be simple. It just can’t.
The audience boys come on back up and end with a classic “point at your favorite audience member” pose.
And we can all only hope that Kevin is pointing at his McBestie.