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September 6th, 2004

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09:41 pm - So I'm in an a cappella group...
You kids can't possibly understand how much this amazes me. As you won't likely recall, I said awhile ago that I'd be auditioning for a group called offBeat Acappella. The audition happened tonight, and I didn't think I'd get in.

You must understand, my voice is not in particularly primo condition today. I took my father to the Rock River Thresheree in Edgerton. For those unfamiliar, the Thresheree is a community festival which showcases old coal, diesel and steam-driven equipment. It's not the kind of thing I would have taken any of my ex-girlfriends to (and Ellen would probably have gotten bored as well), but it's exactly the sort of place you'd go if you were designing sets for a production of Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

I'm not, but it is. Anyway, we ran (briefly) into evil_jim, his father, and matt_william. It was a short conversation, and I will probably be described in their journals as "terse," "standoffish" and "Dennis."

A good time was had at the Thresheree, but you can actually see the air there, and by the time I got home my voice was worrying me. I loaded my MP3 player with Quazarin and Da Vinci's Notebook songs, and warmed up on the way to my audition. Once I got there, I found myself fairly nervous despite knowing more than half of the people in the room. I'd been told to work up an audition piece -- "nothing fancy, Happy Birthday will do." After making a list, revising it, revising it further, having it signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public enquiry, lost again and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as fire lighters, I settled on Happy Birthday.

Then we sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and I tried to pick up on the bass part being sung by The Guy I Didn't Know (his actual name is Eric, incidentally). After the song was over, he went up to whatever part he usually sings, and I tried to keep up as we sang it again. They thanked me and kicked me out, promising that I'd get a call back tomorrow. I must've done okay (or okayer than I'd expected) because the call came as I was pulling into our driveway. We get together to practice next Monday. I'm excited.
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
Current Music: The Persuasions -- Harder Than Your Husband

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Date:September 7th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
Dude, HHTTG... You rock.
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Date:September 7th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)
Dude, I didn't think people would get that. I'm so glad the joke wasn't wasted!
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Date:September 7th, 2004 05:19 pm (UTC)
it was the first thing I thaught when I read that too.... of cource a bid DA nerd is not going to miss something like that
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Date:September 7th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
Congrats! You'll have to sing something obscure yet cool for me sometime.
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Date:September 7th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)
See the song I listed as my current music? That's one I'd like to do (and that arrangement is a cappella), but I don't think the entire group would go for it. I'll have to find something else obscure.
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Date:September 8th, 2004 07:18 am (UTC)
Congratulation on getting into Offbeat, tho' I'm not surprised. You have more voice talent than you give yourself credit for. I spent an hour or so the other night trying to record Fly me to the Moon but couldn't get my recorded voice to sound as good as the one I hear in my head while singing. Ah don'ts know how yer does it, but yer sure does it.
Garmonbozia for the soul.

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