Dear Keith

April 15, 2012

Dear Keith,

So here’s the thing.  TMtP is a mess. A glorious mess, but a still a mess — full of complicated jokes that have developed over months, a confusing labyrinth of made-up information (some of which turned out to truly reflect reality, and some of which has strangely become reality) and direct source material, and a history more complicated than some Eastern European countries.  We recently realized that if a new reader came to the blog, they would likely be overwhelmed trying to figure out… everything.  In which case, they would probably click on over to our “About” page to see just what the what is up with TMtP.  That’s kind of a problem.  Because our “About” page hasn’t been updated since the first week of the blog.  You see, part of it still says,

We’re going to blog our musings, with no intention of anyone aside from the two of us ever reading them. Just throwing it all out into the ether.

And it has this pic of us:

Which is all fine and dandy, except… other people besides the two of us do read the blog now.  Including many of the members of Vocal Point.  Which has changed the dynamic of TMtP in strange and wonderful ways.  We mean, this happened:

[Here is where we wish we could insert a headless picture of us with you, but sadly, we all failed to remember to take that, or any photo of the three of us, while in Provo.  We’ll use this as a substitute, since you and McKay are the same guy.]

Clearly, we’re due for an update around here.

But TMtP isn’t just about what we write.  It’s about the community.  And so it seems impossible for the two of us to write an “About” page that fully encapsulates the TMtP experience.  We need someone to help fill in the other side of the story.  And who better than you, Keith?  After all, you were our very first commenter.  We know you’re up to the task. 😉

So, we’re going to start off a draft of our new “About” page, and we’d like you to pick up where we leave off and offer your side of the story.  Possible things to include could be: your first impression upon finding the blog, how the news of the blog spread around to those you know, your favorite “Dear Keith,” your thoughts about our Provo adventure, and what you see as being the future of TMtP.  Or, you know, whatever you want, really.  You know we’ll always happily (nay, giddily) accept made-up information too.  Once you’ve written your spiel, we’ll come back and wrap it all up in a big ol’ wonky blog-bow.  Okay, here we go:


Two sisters who watched way too much of The Sing-off on Youtube over Thanksgiving. Vocal Point quickly became our favorite group, even though they were no longer on the show. We had planned to blog our musings, with no intention of anyone aside from the two of us ever reading them. We were just throwing it all out into the ether. Mostly because we were cracking ourselves up with our own ridiculousness. But then something weird happened.  The people we were blogging about started participating in the blog shenanigans.  And so did their numerous and wonderful fans.  And although we thought we weren’t creepy enough to go to Provo, we learned that we were wrong about that fact, and we took a blog-cation to Utah that exceeded all reasonable expectations.  We got to meet all kinds of readers and even our blog subjects, and now we have this fun little niche of a blog that has become bigger than we ever thought possible.

But let’s backtrack for a moment, all the way back to the beginning.  You see, once Vocal Point had become our favorite group from the Sing-off, we started watching their videos.  A lot.  With multiple rewatchings.  And we started making up things about the guys in the group.  Like… just made stuff up.  We just decided that we thought this guy’s personality was like this, and that guy probably acts like that, and so on and so on.  So when we started blogging, we just took all of our made-up information and dumped it on TMtP.  We thought that if anyone ever found it, they might get a laugh at the expense of our silliness, and then wander away to another, more factual source of information.  A friend of ours asked if she could post the link to the blog on the Vocal Point Facebook page, and we were all like, “Sure, why not?” not knowing how the course of the blog would be forever changed in just nine minutes.

Meanwhile, in Provorem…

(And here’s where you take over, Keith.  Just go to town with whatever you want.  Write as much as you want, and we’ll finish up the rest).

Thanks! You’re the best!

-Troi and Crusher


Podcast #4: Dear Keith

April 10, 2012

First, remember to go vote for who you think should be our favorite for ALL OF SUMMER.  This is a big responsibility, folks!  The poll will close at midnight tonight, Provo Daylight Time.  That’s right, the poll is closing early this week – VP has their last class of the semester tomorrow, and we’ll announce the winner then so he can collect his spoils (is “spoils” too dramatic of a way to describe a key chain? Maybe?) before the group no longer sees each other on a regularly scheduled basis.

Okay, now onto the podcast-business at hand…

So, before we sprung the whole, “Why don’t you host the whole podcast” thing on him, all Keith thought he was getting himself into was an in-studio “Dear Keith.”

Of course, you’ve all heard how he stepped up to the plate big-time for us, and helped some bloggers out (Links for parts 1, 2, and 3).  In this segment, we finally reach the “Dear Keith” portion of the podcast.

Now, here’s a little bit of TMtP history for ya: you would probably think that “Dear Keith” is something we came up with when we first started writing the blog, right?


“Dear Keith” as a concept actually predates the blog.  When we would watch the Sing-off videos together over the holidays, sometimes we would just have a question about, oh, well anything.  And for some reason, we decided that Keith was the best equipped / most likely to answer of the VP guys.  So, while watching, say, “The Way You Look Tonight,” we would notice that the guys all had different hats.  And that was weird.  Like, why would the costumers do that to them?  And one of us would say out loud, “Dear Keith, why are the hats so jacked up?” or whatever.  Eventually, when something curious would happen, one of us could just say, “Dear Keith,” and the other one would crack up laughing.

So, when we started the blog that first night, we decided to write down some of those questions.  Never thought we would get answers.  We’re really, really glad we were wrong about that.  “Dear Keiths” are one of the core institutions here at TMtP, and the fact that we got to do one in-person was just a hoot and was definitely one of the high points of the Provo blogcation.  So now, straight from Studio 87c, please enjoy this installment of “Dear Keith.”

Okay, once you’ve listened to the podcast, feel free to take part in our new poll (which will also go live in Poll Land for a while).

-Troi and Crusher

Dear Keith

March 5, 2012

Dear Keith,

So, in some of our performance analyses, we’ve pointed out the fun little bell kicks you did as Vocal Point would exit the Sing-off stage.

(from mrduckbear11, kick at 7:47)

(from mrduckbear11, kick at 6:16)

Now we’re kind of curious: did you plan to do them, or was the first one spontaneous?  And you know, sometimes the camera cuts away before we could tell if you did one or not, so do you have some idea of the total number of bell kicks you ended up doing while on the Sing-off?  For the official records, of course. 🙂

-Troi and Crusher

Dear Keith

February 12, 2012

Dear Keith,

So, even though you had a perfectly random explanation for the confounding staging move in “I’ll Be Missing You,” we’re still going to run with our original assumption that you are an a cappella superhero.  It’s simply more fun than, “I just did it one day.” And for us, “fun” is more important than “accurate.”

Now, every superhero has to have some superpowers. Unless you’re Batman. And then you get a whole arsenal of toys. Really. Awesome. Toys. But, let’s just assume you’re one of the superheros who actually has powers, ‘kay? Besides a cappella, what other powers do you want to choose to be a part of your superhero persona?  What you choose will help determine what your superhero name will be.  Which you don’t get to decide — we’ll be doing the naming, thank you very much.  Superheros don’t get to name themselves.  Captain Zoom taught us that. (What?  Too obscure a reference?  You mean everyone doesn’t have the same soft spot in their hearts for cheesy Tim Allen movies that we do?  What?)

Another necessary part of being a superhero is having a secret weapon or two.   We strongly feel that your secret weapon is in fact the LSR.

It makes an appearance whether you’re expecting it or not.

And instantly ups the cool-factor of any given performance.

And sometimes you even combine your powers with the rest of the group to harness the LSR for even greater performance good.  (And maybe to summon Captain Planet?  Oh boy, McButters is definitely the Heart kid.  Keith?  You’re totally Wheeler in this analogy.)

All of this, in turn, makes us curious as to the origin story of the LSR (or whatever origin story you feel like making up about it).  Is it something that you did in your performing days prior to joining VP?  Was it all mild-mannered in its early days and only started clubbing baby seals after a radioactive spider bite? Or was it perhaps passed down and entrusted to you by a former VP member?  Does the repeated use of it increase your overall superhero powers, or, like Iron Man’s electromagnet, does it keep you alive while also increasing your blood toxicity? (Okay, so we know that’s movie Iron Man, not comic book Iron Man, who had a magnetic plate in his chest that was eventually replaced with an artificial heart.  But Big Mama loves RDJ, so deal with it.)

And we don’t even need to talk about what’s your kryptonite.  We know.  It’s the baggy navy polos. They’re as bad as a cape. And Edna Mode would totally agree with us.

-Troi and Crusher

Dear Keith

February 3, 2012

Dear Keith,

Since there’s no topping the last “Dear Keith,” we’re going to keep it kind of short and simple this week. So, we were just wondering, what’s your go-to karaoke song? Or do you have a rotation of favorites? Do you and McBestie ever do duets? Who’s the most enthusiastic VP karaoke star?

And does this little gem ever make an appearance?

Be honest. You really break it down, don’t you?

-Troi and Crusher