You Expect Me to Do What…? Start an Accappella Group? Oh, is That All?

Let me just say this. Starting an accappella group is probably one of the most challenging, exciting, and baffling experiences you will have. Assuming you’re insane enough to try and start one.

I am not a music major.

I am not a teaching or conducting major.

I am a Landscape Architecture major.

Ask me about the Latin name of a White Birch tree. I would tell you the name, along with the genus, species, native country, growth cycle, germination period, and other things that to everyone else sounds like a language spoken in remote areas of Africa. But ask me how to construct a minor 7th chord? I don’t think so. I can’t even read piano music enough to play “Ode to Joy” without using “Great Big Dreams For America” and “All Cows Eat Grass”.
My skills consist of:
Sight-reading
Singing the music someone else has arranged for me
A stubborn nature that insists upon doing the opposite of what everyone says I should do

Not exactly top notch skill sets for someone who has to lead 16 or so girls for auditions, meetings, and musical know-how. And yet here I am. Four to six days away from auditioning twenty to twenty-five girls for a group that hasn’t even started yet.

How did this even start? you may ask. I don’t really know. I was messing around on photoshop one day and made a fake poster for a fake group that didn’t even exist yet. Ball State, at the time of last Spring, had only one accappella group. And they had just started that fall. It was a guys group called “Note to Self”. They performed at our Spring choir concert and I just remember thinking, “Wow, wouldn’t it be great for someone to start a girl’s accappella group too?” So I went home and stayed up till about three in the morning, making this stupid poster that no one would probably see, ever.

The next day, I get a Facebook message from my choir teacher here at school that says she wants me and two other girls to meet with the new choir teacher for next year, just so that we can hash out details and events for the next semester. So we meet up and have lunch, having a grand ole time, when my new choir teacher asks us about ideas for the new school year. Since I had just devoted half my night to the idea of an accappella group (well, a poster, actually) I brought up the idea that, “if someone started an accappella group here at Ball State for girls, I think it would be cool”. Famous last words, right?

They all think it’s a great idea, of course.

We talk a bit, and before I know it, us three girls have been put in charge of trying to start an accappella group for women on campus. Uhm, wait what? I don’t remember volunteering to LEAD, I just wanted to PARTICIPATE. Oh well, i think to myself, I still have the other two girls to help, right?

Wrong. I get an email halfway into the summer from one of the girls saying she can’t do it because of her schedule this year. I tell her that’s fine, and it is. I still have one other girl to help with this. However, I get an email from the OTHER girl saying she also cannot help out because of HER schedule in the fall. So that leaves, well…

Me.

The forecast is looking bleak on the accappella horizon at this point. I did not think I had enough experience and know-how to start a group by myself, and without the other two girls (who happened to be music majors), it just did not seem possible. I talked to my mom about it, and she agreed. Starting this group by myself would be too stressful for just one person and that I should just wait and see what happens.

Now, remember earlier what I said about my stubborn nature that always wants to do the OPPOSITE of what people tell me I should do? Yeah. It started kicking in around the end of July. That silly little poster kept popping up at the most inconvenient intervals. It was my fault for saving it in my photoshop folder anyways. One day I was looking at it and thought why not? Why not try and get some music and maybe sing with a couple friends next year? After all, a lot of people in my program were musically inclined and had told me that they had been in singing groups before. This could be fun.

So the next day I go to my high school choir teacher and tell him my idea. He thinks it’s great and gives me two pieces of music to get started. I contact all my friends at school and they enthuse about the idea. Everything is going smoothly, but there was one problem. I wanted a couple girls that I knew from choir to join, just so that the group could have a good mix of music and non-music majors.

So I start a group on Facebook and tell my friends to join. A couple tell me that it is too hard on their schedule next fall, so there is less than I suspected and there were definitely not enough to start even a small group. So I post the group link in my status as a call out to my friends, seeing if they would like to join this “little group” we were starting. The first day it started out as four.

Then it grew to eight.

By the end of the week, I had about twelve girls in this group, and I didn’t even know half of them. It looked like this accappella idea was more popular than I gave it credit for. Hmmmmm…..
The first week of school arrives and I’ve made a decision. So I pull up my pohotoshop one last time and make some final adjustments to the poster and badabing, badaboom, that poster is the product.

I tell my choir teacher about it and she gets really excited. So she has me stand up in front of the class and give a little speech about what the group was and what we hoped to accomplish. I can just tell you right now, I made everything about that “little speech” up, right on the spot, as I was talking. I hadn’t given any thought to things like “goals” and “accomplishments” yet, but here I was, sounding like I knew what the hell was going on.

The call-out meeting that I made the posters for turned out to be a huge success. About twelve girls came to the meeting, with six or eight more emailing me because they could not make the audition. This was three times the turnout I had expected! Pretty soon everyone was asking me about auditions and dates and, lo and behold, here we are today. I’ve uploaded the songs I picked for auditions (consequently, the songs I had been given over the summer) and have the dates nearly set. All that’s left to do is, sleep, eat, and pray until my pants get holes in them.

Until the next update, wish me luck!
PencilMeetBrain

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Three Weeks to Freedom

I can’t believe that my first year of college is almost over! And let me just say, I am SO ready for it to be done. All the constant work with my major and being away from home really wears on you after a while, especially now that I know what I want to do next year (Landscape Architecture). My Design Communications Class and Studio class are still fun, but we are doing busy work right now, and I loathe busy work, specifically when I already know how to ride unicycle circles around said busy work. We are working in Photoshop right now and learning things like the cloning tool and the select tool…..

I want to bang my head against a wall.

Studio is more fun than DCM, like it always has been, but I’m in that weird state where I don’t really know what I’m supposed to be doing and yet I know there’s a monster of a project hiding just out of sight under the bed. We have two weeks until our studio classes are done, so that means I only have about five more days of actual studio class, one of them being the presentation day. I think my model is due next Monday, which is stressful, seeing as I don’t even have my idea set in stone yet. Plus the fact that this is a cohesive group project, and group projects just freak me out; if I do someone does something wrong, then the whole group goes down in flames.

I also have two other papers, one due Friday and one due next Tuesday, that are adding some more stress on top of that. Plus a PFW grade that is probably not getting any higher than a C- right now and an LA 100 grade that’s also at the C- range. I’ve missed my Honors 202 class about five times now, so there goes my attendance score, and I even forgot that I had a choir concert yesterday. I never forget when I have a concert. Never…

But!

All these things can be taken care of with (by?) a simple cup of tea, just like the one I’m enjoying right now. It’s like liquid elixir, I swear. Sick? Have a cup of tea. Tired? Have a cup of tea. Heartbroken? Have a cup of tea. Fish dies? Have a cup of tea.

However, I think it might also be possible that my parents have brainwashed me into thinking tea cures all ailments, like Windex in the movie “My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding”.

I’m rambling, I know. So, as far as new blog/vlog posts this week, Meekakitty and Verbal Vomit have both uploaded new content, so you should go check that out. Hannah Hilman, author of Verbal Vomit, posted a story that was not quite as long as I was expecting. Her Facebook says she is currently working on a monster of a project, though, so I am excited to see when she finally finishes that. Meekakitty’s new video is actually just her singing a duet with another guy who wrote a song, who happens to be quite attractive as well. Always a plus to have attractive men…

Another new update! I found another blog the other day in class when we had time to work on this project. I searched Google Blogs for “Sims 3” and found a really interesting blog that basically follows the life story of a homeless Sim, named Kev, and his daughter. I am a huge fan of this game, so watching the story progress in an almost natural fashion was fascinating!

Alright, I’m going to complain a little more before I end this.

So I finished reading this awesome story about two homeless Sims and I wanna try the same thing, right? So I go to my computer, get it all booted up (with the power cord attached, of course, because it’s a dumb piece of s*** that won’t take a charge anymore, even though it’s only one year old) and load my game. WELL. Not even halfway into my game, my lovely computer just caputs.

WITH THE POWER CORD STILL PLUGGED IN.

No emoticon can correctly convey my….annoyance. So I just let it sit for a bit, then I try the game again.

The same thing happens again.

And again.

AND. AGAIN.

By this point I’m in full on rage mode and nothing can stop me. Being the genius that I am, I try and find a screwdriver to open the back of my computer to find out what little gremlin is hiding in there trolling me. I finally get all the screws out and I go to lift the back off.

Nothing happens. Literally nothing. I have removed ALL of the screws possible on this computer and it refuses to reveal it’s secrets to me.

That’s just plain rude.

So here I am, stuck with a new computer that acts like an old person with Alzheimer’s, powerless and Sim-less.

Needless to say, this week has not had the best of starts.

I’m going to make myself another cup of tea.

~PencilMeetBrain

The Quantum Physic Scheduling Formula

I think I’ve found my new favorite artist. Ever heard of The Civil Wars? Fantastic. Pure amazingness. I will post a link to them in my sidebar under “Videos” when I get the chance. My favorite song from them actually comes from The Hunger Games, with a duet with Taylor Swift. They sound so great together.

I am currently listening to Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know”. I will also post a link to Walk Off the Earth’s cover of this song under “Videos”. Coolest song ever to be played by five people on one guitar. Seriously. Check it out.

As far as vlogs and blogs and other assorted cookies found on the interwebs, JennaMarbles just posted a new video. She posts regularly (every Wednesday), unlike Meekakitty, who posts often, but irregularly. I will put a link to her newest video under “Vlogs”.

In other news, I have to register for classes today. Our university has set up a new system that allows us to schedule in real time, so what we see is what we get. Great news, right? HA. More like yea right. Since this is the first semester they are implementing this technology, our servers aren’t quite up to speed yet and, surprise surprise, have crashed. At least, the one responsible for my scheduling has. I have literally been trying for the past HOUR to register for classes and I still can’t get on.

It’s wonderful.

It’s not like I have class from 11-6 or anything that would prevent me from registering until tonight.

Oh wait.

Yes I do.

Guh. I just really hope the system get’s it act together and starts working before I have to leave her in 45 minutes.

I think I’m done raging now.

Make sure to check out the new videos!

~PencilMeetBrain

P.S. I also have a new link for stories on Fictionpress.com that I really love. This is a site where people post their stories and chapters for other people to read and critique. Sometimes you can find some really great stuff!

End of the beginning

I really love blogging. I just finished a report about it and It. Is. So. Cool.

SO, I’ve decided that I will start my own blog! *cue the cheesy music*

Hopefully I can update this once a week and share with you guys all of my favorite websites, blogs, and vlogs. To start off, I’ll post a link to my favorite blog, “Verbal Vomit”, and hopefully I can just snowball from there.

And I promise that my posts from now on will not be this boring. Scouts honor.

http://www.verbal-vomit.com/

~PencilMeetBrain

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