This post is about a lot of things, but mainly Ben-Jon’s safety

March 8, 2013

Wow, there’s been a lot going on in the world of Vocal Point and TMtP lately, so we’re going to do our best to try and get caught up on everything.  First of all, can you believe that one year ago today we were in Provo?  And we had no idea what was in store for us.  Crazy times.  We’re sad that we aren’t able to make it out there for this round of Covey shows, but life has been on the hectic side of busy for us.  And our schedules have been diametrically opposed.  Here’s an actual gchat conversation we had earlier this week that took place at early o’clock or late dark thirty, depending on which way you look at it.

Troi: … you’re not actually awake, are you?
Crusher: ::shame:: yes
Troi: ::theLOOK::
Crusher: eh, i was working
Troi: did you get it done?
Crusher: yeah. okay, i should… nap, or something
Troi: lol go sleep!
Crusher: lol, ok.  love ya!
Troi: love ya too!
Crusher: g’morning!
Troi: lol, goodbye.

Okay, so now to play a little catch-up.  VP had a concert in the de Jong Concert Hall last week and it sounds like everyone in the audience had a blast.  One reader, who we’ll call B’Elanna Torres, sent us her thoughts on the show.  According to her, Scoot absolutely rocks his solo on “Set Fire to the Rain” (which, don’t quote us, but we think he arranged that new addition to the repertoire as well).  B’Elanna also loved the new Frankie Valli medley.  And guess what?  Another super-helper, Sarnic (hey! we met her in Provo a year ago!), managed to get a video of at a square-singing this week.

Now, when we first heard that this medley was in the works, we had one question for our informant: “Is ‘Who Loves You’ included?”  Our informant’s memory wasn’t able to confirm at the time, and so every time the medley was brought up again, we repeated the question.  Why?  Because “Who Loves You” is an awesome song.  There’s a reason why it’s the closer in Jersey Boys.  So, we’re totally tickled pink blue and yellow that Prince Trevortastic is holding it down there at the end with “Who Loves You.”  And somewhere Ben Folds is swooning without knowing why, as he’s just able to sense that patented Kevin falsetto from thousands of miles away.

B’Elanna also let us know that the guys sang happy birthday to Mega-G and that Bad-Decision did “one heck of an amazing job!”  Another of the TMtP faithful, fromsandytoo, went to the concert with her friend, dillpickle (don’t ask us, that’s a self-assigned pseud!).  These two fabulous ladies showed up in shirts featuring one of the suggested designs from the swag poll we ran a while back.  Not enough people voted for it for us to add it to the Spreadshirt shop, so these two decided to make them on their own.

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And not only that, they managed to get a picture with the Staring One himself…

…which we took the liberty of TMtP-ifying for blog purposes.

Okay, moving along, Sarnic also sent us another video from Wednesday.  Here are the guys doing their encore number, the “Don’t Stop Fallin’ In Love Without You” mash-up.

And of course the most important thing to note is that Bryce is wearing red pants (if you thought we had missed them after the Frankie Valli medley video, you really should give us a lil’ bit more credit).  Bold choice, sir.  We’re pretty sure we like it.  Oh, and he sounds amazing too.  We’re really loving the smooth tone he adds to the group.

Next on the agenda: VP released a new single to iTunes!  We’re sure you’ve all seen this all over facebook, but if you need a link, here ya go: Good Times on iTunes.  We’d like to give a mega-gigantor-sized thank you to the VPer who sent us the link as soon as it was available.  We’re not sure where Key Chain ended up (is he still being held hostage by Tanner?) but we’re pretty sure that such displays of blog helpery earn you the right to hang with him for a week.

Alright, now it’s time for the serious stuff.  This is the time where we make a plea for one man’s physical well-being.  You guys may remember back during the November Covey concerts when the chosen “Call Me Maybe” girl chased dear Ben-Jon around the stage.  Which, you know, is one way to get a man.  Well, it seems the ladies of Provo keep raising the stakes in their never-ending quest to woo the man who was once turned down in favor of a Justin Bieber cut-out.  Not only did B’Elanna mention what happened during “Call Me Maybe” last weekend, we also had several people email us just to let us know about that one incident.  One reader, who we’ll call A.C., was even kind enough to point us in the direction of video evidence.  Here, see for yourself just what went down:

Oh boy, we’re not sure whether to high five her, bless her heart, or help Ben-Jon file a restraining order.  But what we are sure of is that we’re scared of what the next level might be, if the “Call Me Maybe” girls this weekend feel the need to try and top Tackler Girl (Tacklher?).   So, we thought that instead of sitting by idly and then finding out that poor Ben-Jon got handcuffed to someone or ended up in a body cast, we’d go ahead and provide some safe alternatives that you can choose from if you get selected as the “Call Me Maybe” girl.  How ’bout you:
  • Just start doing a human pinwheel around Ben-Jon and see if you can get the other guys to join in.

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  • Toss Bryce a container of cinnamon.
  • Channel Sara Bareilles and offer Scoot a juice box.
  • Play air trumpet with Kevin, or eat an air sammich in memory of Tyler.

  • Stand and salute the McDictator.
  • Do your best “Thriller” zombie impersonation.
  • Preemptively have slips of paper with your own number ready, and offer one to each guy as he hands you his.

  • Throw up the TMtP hand sign.  Wait… that means we need a TMtP hand sign.  Oh, how about just “T-M-t-P” in ASL?  That would actually look pretty sweet.
  • Pull a brightly-colored handkerchief out of your pocket and sashay around.

work it

  • Turn down Ben-Jon’s advances and instead pull out a photo of the Biebs.
  • Try to commandeer the pitch pipe (and thus ALL OF THE POWER) from Keith.

controlling kevin

Actually, you know what?  Scratch that last one.  The goal here is to avoid a bloodbath onstage.
And finally…
  • Splay your limbs.  Just splay them in any which way.  Perhaps while yelling, “Being a human is hard!  Because…

Yeah.

So, we hope that these options seem more appealing than the escalating violence against Ben-Jon.

And we hope everyone has fun at the Covey shows this weekend.  Tickets are still available for all three shows at coveycenter.org.  And please, do send us reports with all of the hilarious things that happen!  And we’ll love you forever if you manage to get some video (we know that at some of the November concerts there were announcements to not take video, but we’ve been McAssured that filming will be okay at these)!  And eat a German Chocolate Crunch cone in our honor!  (Or not, if GCC is actually nasty… we wouldn’t know from personal experience).

-Troi and Crusher

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It’s the biggest Valentine’s Day post EVER on TMtP!

February 13, 2013

…Especially because it’s the only Valentine’s Day post ever here on TMtP. You see, we’re pretty sure all of you remember that we prefer to celebrate a different holiday on February fourteenth. But, our dear Geordi loves Valentine’s Day so much that she didn’t want it pass by unnoticed again this year.  So she took things into her own hands and went to town Paintshopping up some wonder for us.

We present to you the Geordi-designed, limited edition, TMtP Vocal Point Valentines!   Of course, we couldn’t let things get too classy around here, so we did the internet version of bedazzling and added some in-your-face borders to make the darn things even more ridiculous.  We wanted to post them today so you could print them and share them with all your friends and family tomorrow.  Because that would be awesome.  And wouldn’t make them give you any side eye at all.

vtine bad news

vtine beaker

vtine being a human is hard

vtine benface

vtine benjohn

vtine cowboy conlon

vtine elmo

vtine honeybadger

vtine hunker down

vtine jakes jokes

vtine kevin

vtine landon

vtine mcbesties

vtine mcleader

vtine mega g

vtine mikey

vtine rossface

vtine sammich

vtine scoot

vtine trevortastic

vtine smolder walk

Oh, and we may have not been able to resist Paintshopping up a bonus one here at the end.

vtine jakebert

So a big, huge, current-VP-line-up-height-sized thank you to Geordi for coming up with these adorable Valentines.  We hope you all enjoy them as much as we do!

-Troi and Crusher

(PS – a “Happy Birthday!” goes out today to a very special reader who sent us all kinds of tips about where to eat and shop in Provo, and facilitated the great “Troi and Crusher come face to face with Kevin” introduction, AND who is just an all around amazing woman!)


Happy Birthday Ben… and Ben-Jon… Ben-Ben-Jon?

December 7, 2012

That’s right, today is True Group Ben’s birthday!  Woo-hoo! Or as they say in Australia… Woo-hoo!

And really, can you think of a better day to celebrate the birth of Ben-Jon as well?

Oh… his actual birthday?  Well… yeah.  Good point.  But we missed that.  Because no one told us when it was. Oops. Geez… it’s like the guys were distracted by being in Hawaii or something.

So we’re making up for it today, by celebrating the birth of everyone Robert has ever called “Ben” onstage (to the best of our knowledge).

So, let’s first take a moment to enjoy a video starring each Ben(-Jon) that we’ve haven’t featured here at TMtP before.

From Big Ben, here’s a little “I’m Yours,” posted by mycroft16 on Youtube.

And then check out the Ben-Jon interview in this feature on the Homecoming Spectacular (Spectacular!) from BYU Weekly (starting at 1:58).

Talented Bens, the both of them. 🙂

So, let’s wish a real happy birthday to the real Ben.

benface

Yup, someone loves cake.

And of course, we’re also wishing a belated happy birthday to the real Ben-Jon.

jon face

Who is equally excited by the prospect of delicious baked goods.

And let’s all be thankful that Robert’s magic is confined to his bag, so that a simple moment of misspeaking onstage merely renamed Jon, and didn’t cause this to happen:

ben ben jon

‘Cause then we’d have to be all, Happy Birthday, Ben-Ben-Jon!  Or something.

-Troi and Crusher


Homecoming isn’t really about the football game anyway…

October 14, 2012

…at least, it wasn’t at any of the schools we attended.  Our high school, in particular, was known for people attending the games just to see the marching band.  So we’re confident in saying that this Homecoming week at BYU was really all about… the Spectacular!

And, well, we’ve heard that the Spectacular was quite… spectacular.  In fact, no words in the vernacular can describe this great event. (You’ll be dumb with wonderment. So ex-ci-ting, the audience will stomp and cheer. So de-light-ing… just us? Okay.)

Anyway, a super blog helper has hooked us up with some material from the concert (even a bit of video!), so we’ll be bringing that to you in short order.  First up, we have a couple of photos of the various looks VP sported, with the sartorial assistance of the BYU costuming department.

There were some retro shenanigans:

Which, we think we can all agree, is just stinkin’ adorable.

There was also a little Standard Look happening.

As it does.

There was some horizontal striping going on for the Elvis medley.

Which, you know, is very on-trend at the moment.  We’re not sure why the trend-makers decided to flood the market with horizontal stripes (the least flattering of all of the stripes), but we will say the whole thing is much less “what the what-y” without the green pants.

And, there was this look:

Which, actually, is rather nice.  We’ve seen it elsewhere compared to Skittles, but really, all we can see is this.

In which case, going from left to right, we’d have Landon as Blue Raspberry, Bobert as Lime, Trevor as Grape, Scoot at Orange, Mega-G as Blueberry, Conlon as Cherry, Ben-Jon as Strawberry, Beaker as Pineapple, and Keith as… Keith as… (oh crumb cake, we’re out of blue flavors)… so Keith as… Blue Drank.

So, does that whet your appetite for what’s to come (or at least whet your appetite for some Fanta… Wanna Fanta!  Don’t you wanna?)?  We’ll soon be coming your way with more goodness from the Spectacular (Spectacular!), and if anyone else has material or personal reports from it, please do let us know (totallymissingthepointblog at gmail dot com).

-Troi and Crusher


Ben-Jon’s Acceptance Speech

March 23, 2012

Enjoy!

Oh, Ben-Jon.  Welcome to the favorhood.  Please make yourself at home.  Plan some shenanigans if you want.  And know that this is one thing the Biebs can never take away from you.

-Troi and Crusher