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!)


November Covey Concerts Round-up, or the one where the All-Star Blog Helpers came through in a big way

November 26, 2012

So the first major Vocal Point concerts of the year occurred at the Covey Center for the Arts in good ol’ Provo on November 16th and 17th.  If airfare weren’t stupid expensive, we totally would have tried to get our bloggin’ selves out there, but instead we called upon the TMtP-faithful to help us bridge the gap.  And dude… you guys totally came through in the best way possible to help us build an awesome bridge.  Of bloggity goodness.  Or something.

Alright, so here’s what we’re going to do.  We’ll go through the concert in the order it was reported to us, and we’ll link to the various videos out there and throw in some quotes from the attendees.  What’s super-fun is that we’ve gotten video from a few different sources, so you can experience the songs from different angles and whatnot.  It’s almost better than being there in person.  Okay, that isn’t true, but we’re trying to console ourselves.

Our team of TMtP All-star Blog Helpers include the following blog commenters: Sarnic, Michelle, two of the Johnson Family, Lynette, Moosen, HopeWM, and… Jake Hunsaker.

(Ladies and Jake, feel free to print that out and post it on your refrigerator.)

Okay, here we go!

Good Time

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This is the VP’s energetic new show opener.  It seemed to go over really well, with Friday attendees saying:

Lynette: This was a fantastic opening to their show, so fun!

Sarnic: Conlon and two other guys did these super awesome back flips on stage. Wow.

And then on Saturday, HopeWM reported this little incident to us:

Hope WM: Keith’s mic was off for his solo in Good Time, which was hilarious to see that he was clearly “werkin it” but there was no vocal. None of the famous Kevin timbre.  He later told us during his talkie that he had missed mic check.

We’ve heard from someone else in the audience that in the third row they could hear Keith projecting even without his mic, and he managed to get it turned on quickly, so it sounds like the situation was handled very well.

Footloose

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Lynette: Conlon/Scoot taking on the Jake/Ross roles respectively. I doubted Scoot’s ability to take on Ross’s hard rock persona at the end of this song. But I shouldn’t have. That boy’s got some surprises in him (a bit like McKay having soul in his little white body).

We totally agree with Lynette.  We’ve been super-impressed, both in the Covey videos and in the Hawaii performances, with how amazing Scoot sounds wailing away on Rossface’s old part.

Life is a Highway

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Sarnic: I love this song.

Lynette: Jake took the lead on this like a champ. They had real cowboy hats! They were, however, too big on basically everyone. But you know, one step at a time.

Um, we are beyond excited that there are real cowboy hats now.  And even though we know that they’re likely the result of more Ben-Jon wardrobe wizardry (he’s doing a great job!), they do look suspiciously similar to the hats we implored Cowboy Conlon to get as a parting gift from the Young Ambassadors.

And we do just have to wonder… whatever happened to the old “cowboy” hats?

???

Dare You to Move

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Lynette: Keith. Always a favorite song.

Sarnic: I didn’t record the next song “Dare You To Move.” Though I wish I had, Normal Jake totally tripped and nearly went down to the ground, but with a sheepish grin he kept right on singing, not missing a beat, and neither did the others.

So, no video from the Covey concerts, but there is this awesome Sterling Scholar one from the Homecoming Spectacular.  We are loving Keith’s raw and honest take on the song (which he arranged).

Meet the audience

Sarnic: At this point we had the “Get to know you” segment where the audience gets asked questions by Trevortastic and Scoot.

Michelle: When an eight-year-old was asked what she thought was the total combined weight of Vocal Point, she very enthusiastically answered, “80,000 pounds!!”  These boys weigh a lot!!

Sarnic: Ha, one of the guys commented. “Guys we need to go work out.”

Then:

Sarnic: “All of us are married except 6 of us. Which 3 are married?” -Conlon, Normal Jake, and..I think it was Landon…

Yup, those are the three.

Michelle: They also very clearly established who was single and not. Maybe this is why they were so excited to sing Call Me Maybe and have all the single ladies raise their hands.

Sarnic: Then came the set up for the next song.
“If you’re over age 18 raise your hand.”
“If you’re over age 18 and single keep your hand raised.”
So and and so forth until “If you want to volunteer to help out on our next bit keep your hand raised.”

Oh, you guys.

Call Me Maybe

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Johnson family: Jon got chased around the stage.

Sarnic: I loved how she chased after BenJon! ha!

Lynette: Ben-Jon. This was an interactive one. And I have a feeling you will love this video. When McKay found out [Moosen] got a video of it he was really pleased because that was the best interaction they have ever gotten. The girl in the middle was grabbing numbers being offered by the guys in the choreography and ended up chasing Jon all over. The boys were definitely about to lose it by the end of the song, so awesome.

Michelle: One of my new faves, Call Me Maybe.

Moosen: Jon rocks the solo.

And from Saturday:

HopeWM: Ben-Jon is so adorable when he’s shy. The girl was not as energetic as Friday’s chosen lady, she sort of just sat there.

Now, at some point from the beginning of the show up to this, Sarnic managed to snag this picture of the Trevortastic Stare.

And then it was time for the first costume change of the night.

4 Chord Song

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Lynette: I can’t remember what this song was actually called, though I hope it is called Axis of Awesome because no one appreciates a good WWI reference enough. Anyway, this was a seriously awesome/hilarious song where Landon eased into it with a talkie of how VP had never written their own original songs and Keith came out and said they really would only need to use the basic pop chord progression found in nearly all pop songs. He brought out some helpers, Conlon, Mega-Gigantor, Scoot, and Jake and gave them their notes. Keith then began to sing on top of their repeating chords just about every pop song known to man from Don’t Stop Believin’ to a Phantom of the Opera number that I can’t remember. Landon joined in once he knew what was going on and it was thoroughly fantastic.

Sarnic: Haha! Love this!

HopeWM: Loved every single facial expression by Landon and Keith in 4 Chord. Especially when Mega G did his bit.

We can’t wait to give this one a closer look in the near future.

Noyana / Come Come Ye Saints

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Lynette: Jake’s talkie into this song was pretty adorable. First he was just being terribly adorable about being married and how he met his wife with such joy and abounding energy and constant pacing. Then he transitioned into talking about how he would have missed the opportunity to date his wife if he hadn’t taken time away from his daily routine and “come”. They sang this song particularly well; I have liked it on their CD but it became one of my favorites at the concert.

Sarnic: Next the group sang: Noyana, Come Come Ye Saints and that was super amazing in person! Again, I regret not recording it, but my camera kept flashing the “low battery sign.” Sooo I had to pick and choose. But a little interesting fact…Trevortastic arranged the song, combining the two, Noyana and Come Come Ye Saints, together. He sounded amazing singing the main part as well.

Again, no video, but if you need a refresher, there was this performance at the Bookstore signing.

The Way You Look Tonight

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Lynette: Scott took over Jacob’s lead on this one (Hunker down Hunsaker, Newscaster Jake, too many names and I just call him Jacob) and did a great job!

Sarnic: I got caught up in trying to see if anybody was doing the Sammich Instrument.  Lol.  Also after the song Ben Jon said: “We just love the way that you look tonight. You see that’s funny as we just sang that song.”

Perhaps this is weird, but with the lack of sammich eating and no Tank Engine holding it down, this number really made us miss Tyler.

Elvis Medley

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Lynette: Robert was so spot on in Don’t Be Cruel. Like unrealistically spot on. This kid’s got an impersonation ability. I don’t remember who took Can’t Help Falling in Love (T and C note: Ben-Jon), and then Jake kicked Jailhouse Rock right in the pants. So awesome.

Sarnic: Robert is sooo cool as Elvis in the first part of the medley!!

INTERMISSION

Intermission brought about the next (and last) wardrobe change, this time into the Standard Look.

Higher Higher

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Johnson family: The opening number (T and C note: after intermission) had the human pinwheel (ah, Mikey—probably a late birthday tribute).

Lynette: I don’t remember who took the lead (T and C note: Conlon), I just remember that the song just wasn’t the same for me without Mikey. And the human pinwheel was fantastic and even funnier with Mega-Gigantor.

Sarnic: My favorite song.  I wanted you guys to see Adam go down basically onto his knees during the human pinwheel. I hope someone else got a recording of that.

HopeWM: Having now seen the human pinwheel in person…best choreography ever.

See now, we think it looks almost painfully cruel to make Adam participate in the human pinwheel in this manner.  Can we start a movement advocating for him to get to be in the center of the pinwheel, just to save the poor man’s knees?  Plus, how adorable would that Mega-Gigantor-sized human pinwheel be?

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

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Lynette: Conlon and Jake on this one. Awesome.

Sarnic: After that was Ain’t Too Proud To Beg…I didn’t record because it just brings painful memories of the Sing Off.

We love how Mega-G sounds at :58 during the bridge, or as we know it, the “Keith werkin’ it” section.  And Beaker’s voice hits some magic at 1:36.

Danny Boy

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Lynette: Obviously this was sung by Keith, and was fantastic.

Sarnic: I finally decided that I should probably record at least one of the songs that came from Vocal Point’s newest Album, Lead Thou Me On.

I’m Gettin’ Nuttin’ For Christmas

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Lynette: This was a fantastic Robert and Ben-Jon talkie. I just kept waiting for Robert to call Ben-Jon the wrong name. 😉 And the song was hilarious as always with Robert, Jon, Trevor, and Scoot, though I did miss the unintelligible patter of Jacob’s bb gun story. I actually understood all of Scoot’s words. Which has its positive and negative sides apparently.

Sarnic: I did get “Elmo Sings Bass!”  In the quartet of I’m Getting Nothing For Christmas. Ah…I missed Forecaster Jake in this..but I loved watching the new guys do this song too.

Johnson family: One audience favorite was “I’m Getting Nothin for Christmas” arranged by Buck Mangum (former VPer).

HopeWM: Elmo showed up to talk to Ben Jon, and wanted to sing a Christmas song. So Ben-Jon, Trevor, Scoot, and Robert are all getting’ nothin’ for Christmas. But are going to Paris, and Scoot is now the one who may or may not have spent the night in jail.

We’re wondering if the Santa hats have gone the way of the “cowboy” hats or if they’ll make another appearance at some point.

(Plus we just wanted to post that GIF, with Hunsaker stroking his own face, again.)

12 Days of Christmas

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Lynette: Always awesome, Landon took the lead on Christmas down in Africa with a particularly awesome Jake on Ross’s “9 ladies dancing they were dancing for me”.  A different interpretation and so, so, so hilarious.

Sarnic: I could listen to it all year around…oh wait I do.  I love that Keith took the snowman part!

Yeah, when we found out the guys had decided to bring this number back, our very first question (or demand, either way) was that Keith should reclaim the snowman remix.  It’s just such an iconic Kevin bit.

HopeWM: 12 Days is definitely missing something without Fish Jake or Tyler Dino.

We totally agree with HopeWM.  But we do love the beat Mega-G drops during that section.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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Sarnic: Keith introduced the songs they would be singing next, which was rather surprising because they hadn’t really done that, but that was because they did Come Thou Fount and I Need Thee Every Hour back to back and they didn’t want us to applaud in between the songs — which nobody did.

Lynette: Lovely, I believe [Landon] had the lead on this one.

We love how Landon sounds here.

I Need Thee Every Hour

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Lynette: Scott was the lead on this one and I’ve gotta say I think it was his home run of the night. It was absolutely beautiful!

Get it, Scoot!

Adam’s Vocal Percussion Skills

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Lynette: Mega-G is a real winner, he did some great tempo changes and was very entertaining. Apparently he is the first vocal percussionist to have ever done regular percussion before. So props to him.

Sarnic: But then Adam! He did a percussion bit! So awesome and I’ll let you watch his intro as I find this bit of information super cool and fun. 🙂 Oh…I came in on the middle of a list when I hit record. He listed Robert twice -once for Elmo, the second for singing really low. And the violins comment refers to the beginning part of the I’m getting Nothing for Christmas bit before Elmo starts talking.

This seems like an appropriate spot to mention this:

Lynette: [Mega-G] by the way, instead of having a water bottle by his mic stand, had a water jug, like an old juice container it was massive.  Moosen got a picture of it, I’ll try to get it to you.

Michelle: Adam proved to be Mega-gigantor, tonight he drank from a one GALLON gatorade bottle of water where as everyone else had a normal water bottle.

For that, Mega-G, we would totally give you a solitary cheer.

September

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Johnson family: Unfortunately, my camera was VERY low on battery for the final number where Keith broke out in some absolutely awesome worm-like side ways jump thing.  You two would’ve had a ball with it…oh well…there’s still a reason to see it live, I guess.

YES!  We love that move!  We’ve totally dubbed it Fish-out-of-water Keith!

Lynette: I legitimately have no idea who sang this, though I know they did this in Brigham Square and you have a video of that so you probably know who the lead is already (T and C note: Yup, it’s Scoot!). But I was dancing too hard to care. They brought the lights up, my friends and I stood up and boogied like the disco maniac that I am. Oh and I probably sang along which would explain why I don’t know who sang this.

Sarnic: The finale song was “September” And I didn’t record it because the group had the audience get up and dance and it was hard enought to keep the camera steady in my seat not to mention trying to keep it steady while dancing.

Encore: Don’t Stop Falling Without You

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Lynette: Quite a medley of Don’t Stop Believing (Keith), something else… (Jon) and Without You (Con…lon?) Obviously my memory isn’t what it used to be. Graduating from college does that to you. Come to think of it, my memory was actually never that great, so I guess I’m just normal. 🙂

Sarnic: On to the encore song! Another Medley! I hit record belatedly because I was like “Hey they’re singing a new favorite song of mine!” and then I thought “I should record this!” Sooo I did.

HopeWM: Oh and the super-awesome Don’t Stop Fallin’ Without You mash [was the] encore.

We totally like the direction they’re heading with the bit of staging at 2:50 where the guys are in three groups and they bust out different little bits of choreo from throughout the mash-up. 

Neat stuff!

And now it’s time for some other tidbits from our All-Star Blog Helpers.  First up, some:

General thoughts

Johnson family: My daughter and I went to the concert last night….awesome….as always!  This group has definitely found its groove this year, and brought back a bit of the past as well.

Lynette: The concert itself was fantastic!

Michelle: The concert was spectacular they sang tons of new material and lots of fun numbers. McDictator was present and we saw someone with a “Being Human is Hard” shirt. (T and C note: Yay! for blog shirts!)

Arrangements

Johnson family: The arrangements by McDictator and Keith were amazing….literally.  VP has a bright future of song arranging with McDictator at the McWheel.

Choreography

Johnson family: The songs with choreography by Conlon, Robert (who knew?) and Keith were so fun, like an ice cream sundae treat for your eyes.

HopeWM: And just a general note: Recycle and Reuse dance moves. I think every single move from Beat it showed up at some point in the choreography. (T and C note: that’s part of the magic!  Seeing how things evolve and change over time.  It’s also why we think some of those “classic VP” moves end up looking so cool – there’s enough shared history and practice with them that the guys know just where to place them so they are most effective.)

And finally, what you’ve probably been waiting for… Jake’s thoughts.  You see, we reached out to Jake to see if he could do us a favor and identify who was most likely to take over as the new King of the Talkies and / or Jokemaster.  We couldn’t think of anyone more qualified than Jake himself to determine such an important thing.  He attended the Saturday concert, and this is what he told us:

Jake Hunsaker:  Funniest person probably goes to JAKE Tengelson..  Although he already has a persona assigned to him: Beaker… Close runners up are Trevor and Landon I think..  I don’t know.  It was pretty close for everyone.  Basically, I’m irreplaceable. 🙂

Oh Jake, we couldn’t agree more.  The King of the Talkies title shall remain vacant for now, although we’ll be on constant look-out to see who will next reign on that throne.

Alright, well this post turned out to be quite the beast.  We hope everyone enjoys having things organized this way, and reading all of the thoughts from our All-Star Blog Helpers.  We’re looking forward to doing more in-depth analyses of some of these numbers in the near future.  And be on the look-out for a couple of surprises headed your way soon!

-Troi and Crusher


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


We aren’t the only ones obsessively refreshing the official VP website, are we?

September 25, 2012

Oh… we are?

Awkward.

We just can’t help it.  We’re blue in the faces from how long our breath has been bated, awaiting the much-anticipated updates to byuvocalpoint.com.

You see, for as strongly pro-True Group we felt in the beginning, here at TMtP we did eventually get around to embracing the 2012 VP line-up and now the 2012-2013 line-up (McReign foreva!).  But the official website is still living in the Sing-off glory days.  One day soon, though, that’s going to change.  We can just feel it in our bones.  (And, you know, we’ve seen the sneak peeks of the new photo shoot someone posted on facebook.)

So, it’s become a little bit o’ blogger habit to check the site and see if the magical switch has taken place.  And then to sigh.  Heavily.  But the other day we noticed something that suddenly halted our sighing.  Which led to a bit of a coughing fit, as you can imagine.  But we recovered.  And now we want to share our discovery with you.  After confirming that the home page still looked like this:

We clicked on over to the “About” page just to make sure they weren’t being sneaky and getting the new bios up before anything else.  No dice.  What we did find, however, was this:

Um… what the what?!?

So. Many. Questions.

First, where did Bobert go?

We know he used to have a photograph there just like everyone else.  Where do you think Jakebert’s hair came from?

Why did it disappear?  And if anyone’s pic was going to disappear, why did it have to be the one guy who has been a Vocal Point member from True Group on through to present day?

But more importantly… why is there a “member_placeholder_thumb” that is WEARING A TIE?

Oh dear Webmaster, how did you have time to create that gem and yet still haven’t gotten around to updating the website?

Of course, most people would probably see that and think, “Ha, that’s kind of funny.”  But y’all know us.  Our brains don’t work like that.

So the first thing we thought was, “Well, if Robert’s photo is gone, they should ALL be gone!”  So we did this:

And we were rather pleased with ourselves.

But something wasn’t quite right.

We kept looking at that little be-tied placeholder, and while he totally worked for eight of the boys, we got a nagging feeling that something was missing for one of them.  That little circle of a head kept gnawing at us.  And then it hit us in a flash and we knew what needed to be done.  May we present:

…Fixed it for you.

😉 😉

-Troi and Crusher