Day: November 8, 2011

Sing Off: Vocal Point

As I mentioned in my fall TV review I have gotten totally hooked on this season of The Sing Off.  It is an acapella singing competition where the singers have to be everything- the band, accompaniment, leads, everything with their voices.  This is the third season of the show but I had never watched it before but this season they got a new judge- my favorite Sara Barielles.

They also got my old favorite Vocal Point- a BYU institution for 20 years.  I used to love going to Acapellafest on campus each year and hearing Vocal Point among other talented local acapella groups.  Now they have made it on to the show, the Sing Off on NBC.  Each one of their performances (with possibly the exception of hip-hop week) has been great! They are fun, energetic and can’t help but make you smile.

In my opinion I think they are much better than any of the other groups.  Certainly more entertaining!  Petnatonix is looking strong but I prefer Vocal Point.  The truth is I am completely partial to anything BYU.  Just like with the American Olympic team, I want us to win everything!  The thing I wish I could tell people is there are tons of groups like Vocal Point in Utah (they had an entire Acapellafest every year if that tells you something!).

There is so much musical talent at BYU.  All the choirs, musical theater, acapella, battle of the bands are great!  I feel privileged to be an alumni of such an awesome school with so many honorable, wonderful people.  I am sure every school has their bad apples but so many of the BYU graduates I have interacted with over the years have been awesome, outstanding individuals.  (we also have created a few good football and basketball players over the years!)

Plus, how terrific is it that they have group prayer and express their faith on national TV?  So great!

This was from the most recent episode:

Singing Elvis! (I swear they get the best song choices each week).

My favorite of all their performances.  I was swooning along with Sara!

Footloose! Kick off your Sunday shoes (ironic for a BYU group!)

I never thought I would like a Justin Bieber song but I just love this!

If you haven’t gotten into it watch the Sing Off on Monday evenings.  (It broke into my Monday slot. That took some work!).  My only criticism is all the judges are so nice.  It can be a bit startling when they vote someone off because they have just said all these nice things about them.

Still, I love it!

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Venting

I was going to entitle this post “Things I Hate” but then backed down from it.  Let’s just say I want to share some things that irritate me.  Please don’t be offended or take it too seriously.  It’s all just little irritants.

So here goes.  Things that drive me crazy:

1. People that assume obese people just need to ‘get up off their buts’ and all their problems would magically melt away.

2. People that assume skinny people are healthy

I hate dieting

3. Anyone who makes exercise seem easy.  If I lost a pound everytime someone said ‘lose 10 lbs in 10 days’ I’d be half my weight.

4. Anyone who makes dieting sound easy.

5. People who feel sorry for me because I am single and oh wouldn’t I be happier with a man.

6. People that assume I will meet someone just because I lost weight.  Tell that to all my married plus size girlfriends and my single skinny friends.

7. People that assume I have tons of free time because I am single.

I hate dieting

8. People who think I don’t work as hard because I telecommute (try having your job staring you in the face 24/7)

9. People who think a single woman over 30 must be a lesbian if she doesn’t date.

10. The stereotype of the bitter, lonely, cold, icy, working woman. (Seriously, how many movies do we have to see that in?)

11. That an overweight person is somehow less intelligent, caring, diligent or thoughtful because of their weight.

I hate dieting

12.  That diabetes is the fault of the individual not genetics.  Really isn’t stigma just another word for stereotype? How about instead of treating someone as less because of their disease we support them.

13. People who lump the tea party in with terrorists, extremists, fascists. Disagree with their ideas fine but let’s only call actual terrorists, terrorists.

14. People who cant rationally discuss a topic without getting defensive or resorting to name calling.  (I hate it when the only thing people will talk about is movies or gossip. I like talking about movies but have something to say about them and be prepared to discuss your opinion.)

I hate dieting

15. People who flake out on group projects, callings, assignments. I hate it when I have to babysit or micromanage others.

16.  People that are compliment ruiners (“Its no big deal”).

17.  Also, one-uper’s.  Meaning someone I tell I swam 1.2 miles and they say “I backpacked 20 miles for 10 days in the desert sun…”)

18.  People who spend more time reading about Kim Kardashian then actual important issues such as the problems in Europe or Libya.

I hate dieting

19. People who talk during movies or criticize what I’m watching on television while I’m watching it.  I don’t need the audio commentary!

20. People who tell me I’m throwing my money away on rent.  Tell that to all the people in Vegas who have seen home devaluation by 66% since 2007!

Anyway, that’s off my chest.  What things drive you up the wall?  Most of these items are culturally based stereotypes or assumptions.  This makes them especially difficult to counteract.

Did I mention I hate dieting?