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


If you ever wanted to learn how to sing September…

February 25, 2013

…it certainly helps to be a middle school student in Wyoming. Check out this little gem of the boys leading a workshop last Friday!

(posted by YoungMusiciansInc)

There are so many delightful little moments to snack on here… we’re loving Choir Director Kevin, putting those long arms to good use for the sake of clear conducting, Trevor working the crowd, the high-low height pairing of Scoot and Mega-G sharing a mic (Robert and Bryce sharing a mic is pretty good, too), and Hype Man Beaker… beaking, or whatever that hopping-lasso thing is.

This is all that we’ve found so far from the Wyoming trip, but we’re still holding out hope that more video might surface.  Plus, we’re getting a little excited to see just what stops the boys will pull out (better be all of them! Warp speed ahead!) for the Covey shows coming up in March. You can get your tickets at here and the dates are March 8th at 7:30 and March 9th at 2 and 7:30.

-Troi and Crusher


Poll Results and the End of an Era

February 20, 2013

Okay, so remember how a while back we did a poll on who should be in the center of the human pinwheel?  Well, we’re finally back with the results and also some heartbreaking news.

First up, the overwhelming winner of the poll was…

::vocal percussion drumroll::

McButters!

That’s right, he downright ran away with it, tallying an impressive 80% of the vote!  A good number of you also wanted to help save Mega-G’s knees by putting him in the center.  There were a sizable amount of write-ins, including an impressive campaign for Ben-Jon, some Mikey fans (or Mikey himself) advocating for the creator the pinwheel, and a few of you sassypants who wanted us, as in Troi and Crusher, in the center.

So now, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

We’ll start with the bad.

It looks like we have seen the last of the wonder that is the human pinwheel.  With Cowboy Conlon departing and due to the addition of new songs, “Higher and Higher” is being retired from the VP rotation for the time being.  Yes, let’s all take a moment to have a good cry, and then let’s compose ourselves.

Sadly, our attempts to get a Zombie Pinwheel added to “Thriller” also seem to have failed.  But, we told you there was good news, and it’s true.

Before disappearing forever, there was at least one last human pinwheel.  It took place at Bobert and Mrs. Bobert’s wedding reception, and it was magical.  You guys… look who was in the center.

That’s right.  The human pinwheel went out just the way it should.  With McCrockett in the middle.

-Troi and Crusher


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!)


September from the Covey, or the one written by a guest blogger!

November 28, 2012

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.

-Geordi