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Thursday, April 29, 2004

Went to Emeryville last night to see my friend Sean Gugler perform with The Special Guests in a joint concert with Redshift. Both are eight-person, co-ed a cappella groups. This was The Special Guests' first gig ever, and they did really well. A little tentative (and therefore quiet), but very solid musically, and a well-paced set. They opened with the Bobs' "Spontaneous Human Combustion," Sean soloing; he also soloed on Human League's "Don't You Want Me," with perfect facial expressions and hand gestures.

Their set included "Chili con carne" by The Real Group, a vocal jazz ensemble from Sweden. This was one of my favorite songs from the show, since it was interesting musically (rhythms, harmony, yada yada yada) and lyrically ("choose the finest meat you can / from cow or pig it doesn't matter / beans and jalapeƱo peppers / necessary is to this"). Apparently, this is a well-known and possibly "classic" piece, which just goes to show how little I actually "know" about the a cappella music "scene."

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

If anyone's looking for some god music this week, I'm singing the Bach B Minor Mass with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus this Thursday through Saturday. I sorta meant to type "good", but "god" is pretty accurate as well. Anyway, it's a very small chorus. We actually get to stand on the stage with our own music stands and everything. Fancy. (And that's why I'm not going to be at this week's rehearsal.)

Monday, April 26, 2004

As promised, here is this week's rehearsal status update. All comments and reaction must be posted to the blog. It looks like Nils is quite an active blogger, so I look forward to his insightful comments this week.

Rehearsal is on for thursday at Tickle. This week we have 11 yes's and 4 no's. Remember, James won't be here this week, but he has graciously agreed to let us use the conference room at his office. Once again, if you have comments on my posts please feel free to drop me a short note at

Saturday, April 24, 2004

wow...look at me....i'm blogging...and nude. blogging and the same time. I'm nils, and I like blogging and being nude.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Why didn't anyone ever tell me that my head was so big? It's so big. Wooo-wooo.
I just saw the most beautiful butterfly today. It was fluttering by my window at work. I was so moved I just started singing.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

And now, courtesy of The On-Line, Pre-Date Confidence Builder! (Macromedia Flash Player required.)

My favorite is "How's my body in this outfit?"

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Would you like to know more about music theory? Me too. The thing is, I know a lot of theory, but precious little about its application. I think this is a common problem with folks who studied music academically in school. Too much breadth of knowledge without the depth of really understanding the sounds that result. Here are a couple of fairly good web sites that discuss theory in the context of popular music. Really pragmatic stuff.

(MoneyChords:Great exploration of standard chord changes)
(IBreatheMusic:A bit guitar-centric, but useful)
(DrumGrooves:Develop an understanding of basic drum grooves)

Friday, April 09, 2004

My name is Nils.
I'm a big poopy head.
Kick me.

Monday, April 05, 2004

DeeAnn and I went to Spring Sing at Stanford tonight, which was great fun. The best group was unquestionably Oxford's Out of the Blue, who killed with Da Vinci's Notebook's "Title of the Song" (compare: OOTB vs. DVN) and closed strong with "Sweet Home Alabama" (which is strangely soothing when sung by a bunch of Brits in jackets and ties). But I still think we do a better version of "Kiss Him Goodbye."