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!)

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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


Backing Away From the Dead End, or Just Taking One Last Loop Around the Cul de Sac

August 21, 2012

Well, it’s official folks — the 2012 Vocal Point line-up performed their final concert last week.  We sent them out in style, throwing a blog party dedicated to one of the departing members (Ross, Hunsaker, McCrockett, and Tanner) each night of the concerts.

Now it’s time for the McReign to begin in earnest, as the 2012-2013 line-up gets ready for a great year of concerts and events. But before he can go all McDrillSergeant on them, let’s allow one last moment to say goodbye to the departing four (and James, who leaves behind a great legacy after so many years as director).

Here’s the full 2012 group, with James and his son Christian:

Okay, we know that this post is supposed to be about the guys who finished up their time with VP, but can we just say that Ben-Jon wins this photo (and at life) for three reasons: (1) the new and kickin’ hairstyle, (2) the belt rebellion, and (3) the commitment to hydration.

And now — and with special thanks our back-alley source (you know… street) — here is one final photo of the four who are no more.

Well, except for McKay, who is sticking around.  And who knows, maybe some of the other guys will pull a Kevin and decide to come back for another go-around in grad school.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  But for now we say, thanks for all the laughs (intentional and un-) and thanks for all the music.  Now get off our blog!  Just kidding.  Please stay.  The New and New New Guys are still kind of scared of us.  Which is just silly.  We haven’t made an oops like Creepy Jake in, like, so many blog birthdays.

-Troi and Crusher


The End of the Road — Rossface Edition

August 14, 2012

You GUYS… It’s Education Week at BYU. Do y’all know what that means? Yes. Four nights of Vocal Point Concerts. And guess who’s going to be there?

Not us. 😦 😦

But we’re hoping that some of you awesome readers will hook us up with video or photos or even just a general report of what goes down.

Now, as you’re probably aware, the concerts this week will be the VP swan song for a couple of True Group mainstays.  OF Jake, Rossface, the Honey Badger, and McButters will be celebrating their last Vocal Point hurrah.  So of course, we have to send them off in TMtP style.  We mean…

It’s unnatural.

You belong to [us].

[We] belong to you.

Although we’ve come–

To the end — of — the road.

Still [we] can’t let go.

…But we’re gonna try.

After we enjoy a bit more Boyz II Men.  Feel free to join us, if you’d like.

What up, pre-Sing-off Shawn?

Man, the early ’90s were great, weren’t they?  And just look at those outfits!  Hilarious.  Although…

…that may actually be an improvement over the Standard Look.

Anyway, we thought we’d take this week to give each of the departing VP members a going away blog party.  We’re going to share some of our favorite performances, a goofy pic or two, and we’d love for all of you to chime in with your favorite memories from each guy’s VP tenure.

First, up: Rossface.

Oh Rossface, dear Rossface. We’ll miss you so. Not only did you bring a rock edge to VP, you’ve also given us so many moments of entertainment and laughter. It was hard to chose, but we’re gonna have to say that our favorite Ross performance is this one right here:

We certainly hope you were able to get some help for your back.

And of course, we’ll miss all the great face.

Or this one:

Or maybe these:

We can keep going:

So. Much. FACE:

(thanks, Google Images!)

Oh, Rossface, we could always count on you to deliver.  Every.  Time.  Thank you for that.  Enjoy your last VP concerts to the fullest, and we look forward to hearing about whatever comes next for you.

Okay, Readers, now it’s your turn: any favorite Rossface moments?  Epic performances?  Impressive displays of eating tons of food?

Check back later this week as we take time to celebrate each departing member.  And if you get too sad, take solace in this: all of the True Group is still on the official website.  So at least that’s still unchanged. 😉 😉

-Troi and Crusher