Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Starting up again!

So, I read about NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) off Wei's blog, and I decided that I should probably give it a shot.  I did really well two summers ago, when I had nothing better to do, and I had intended on keeping up, but I never really got around to it.

Well, now I'm going to try again.  A post a day, at least for all of November.  I'm going to try.  If it doesn't happen, oh well, but if it does, then I've accomplished something.

Let's start up with a little update for Syncopasian stuff.  I'll only mention the off campus performances.

The most notable off campus performance was probably Quad A, where all of us went to Chicago, and performed in front of complete strangers.  That was fun.  And quite a while ago, so I don't really remember that much.  I do remember having to perform in the vicinity of Penn Yo, which, to be honest, intimidated me a little.  Penn Yo has a fantastic sound, although they didn't have that much choreo.  In my own biased opinion, of the three well established groups in that performance (odd, how I consider Syncopasian, out for only a few short semesters now, can be counted as well established), I think that Syncopasian is second in sound, beat by Penn Yo, and second in choreo, beat by Treblemakers.  When I say second in choreo, though, I was only comparing, really, to Penn Yo, who didn't actually have many motions planned.  If I compared to the not so well established groups (the ones only around for a semester or a year so far), I'm afraid that we fell short by far.  The smaller groups had fantastic choreography.

The Brandeis performance was quite interesting, although it didn't quite go as we planned.  Due to it being so close to the beginning of the semester, we didn't quite have the time to perfect many of our songs, and therefore got paid a lot less than we expected.  But that's ok.  It was the first time we really did anything of the like, so we expected some issues.  The bigger issue (IMO) is that the sound wasn't that great.  With about half of the size we had last year and a very odd sound system (crowding around mics and hoping we sounded ok), I'm not sure we put out the best performance we could have.  The oddest thing about the entire night, though, was that they paid us in cash.  Cash.  Really?  Did you want this performance to be untraceable or something?

The BU performance went a lot better, I feel.  First off, there was an actual stage.  And then we had good mics.  The soloists had mics.  We had mics.  True, we were around two microphones, and scrunched in close, but I feel the overall sound was better, and the overall performance was enjoyed a lot more, by both the audience and by us.  The best part was when the audience cheered... a little while after Jeanne started singing.  I guess there was a delayed reaction to the song?

Well, this post is long enough.  I'll start off on a new topic tomorrow.  ^_^

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