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So I went and opened my mouth a few months back.  In retrospect, I probably did it unconsciously.  A subconscious, "kick-in-the-pants".

I'm the kind of person that tries to Mean-What-I-Say-And-Say-What-I-Mean.  An "integrity thing", if you will.  So, after I found myself telling a number of people that I wanted to be back in a CAP group in 2009 even if I had to start one myself, I knew I was going to actually have to follow through at some point.  Sure, there were other Can't Turn Back moments later--writing the email to Deke about joining the CASA League was a doozy--but it was the opening of my big fat mouth that started me down this path.

I have since amassed 10 names of people who are looking to do something and intrigued enough by my Craigslist/CASA ads to give me a look.  So, as previously posted tonight, my Merry Band of Hopefuls and I had our first Get To Know Ya meeting. 

It went VERY well.

I am a believer in a "Creative Energy".  Call it "God", call it "Universal Consciousness", call it a "Borg Hive Mind"...whatever.  I have written songs/stories that seemed to "come from somewhere else".  I have let go, wandered, and been led to exactly what I needed/wanted without knowing how.  I trust this process and have seen it work in my life many times.  So, from the beginning, I tried to let go of fear and doubt, trust my instincts and let the process happen through me.

It happened tonight.  The baby was born.  In that room there was at least one other member of the group I'm calling "Sono" for now.  Probably more.  I could feel it.  I could see it in their eyes.  I could feel it in the energy in the room.  It was thrilling really, to stand outside myself and see what was happening in front of me.  From that out-of-body perspective, I knew I wanted to be part of it.  And the drive home...ahhh, Creative High.

I made new friends tonight, and a group was born.  Wish me continued luck raising it!


Since You Insist

I hereby give you the digital "raise the roof" motion, which is waaaay less geeky than the actual "raise the roof" motion... no really, trust me.
Congrats Tom!!! Keep that momentum going, buddy. I look forward to heading to the OC for some SONO gigs in the near future. :)
PS, I fall on the Borg Hive Mind side. Assimilation is just so fun and unexpected!

J. Paisley
Slapdash Graduate '05-'07
Nantucket Cobbletones '04-'05
Ithacappella '98-'03

Great news!

Keep on keepin on!

And for the general public: no one should be surprised when you announce a new group and people come out of the woodwork to join. We're a nation full of former singers, wishing we had an outlet, sublimating through shows like American Idol and occasional trips to the Karaoke bar. If you're reading this and think you'd like to join a group or start a group, let us know, and we'll help. This can be you!

- Deke Sharon • 800.579.9305 • http://www.dekesharon.com

Since you bring it up...

You mention how CASA might help a new group.  Tell me more, please.  I've started an SSATB group singing stuff along the lines of Real Group, King Singers, and Swingle Singers (we're working on some of your thngs, too).  We're a bit unusual with ages ranging 25-55, but we're having fun and are developing our own sound.  We're not trying to do much more than getting out a couple/few times a month, but we want to do the best that we can.  I've absoutely gotten a lot from the various parts of the CASA website, but it would be really cool if there was like a place specifically for people like me just starting something in a cappella.  Just a thought!


You can

join the league, if that looks good to you: www.casa.org/league

or, just as a member, there are a number of benefits that will likely appeal, including free arrangements, educational essays and videos in the CASAcademy, coaching online (coming soon!), and most of all... come to SoJam! It's going to be an amazing weekend of classes, workshops, concerts, networking and fun! November 7-8 in NC.

- Deke Sharon • 800.579.9305 • http://www.dekesharon.com

Please share

Congratulations and all the best!  Please share about your progress.  I recently started a group, too.  I've done lots of singing and playing through the years (even for pay sometimes), but none of us have ever been in an a cappella group, so I'm anxious to learn from others.  Good luck!


That's why I'm here

I know I'm not the only one going through this.  The truth is there's probably going to be a lot of good/bad/ugly going on with creating a group and I'm going to attempt to be as upfront as I can about what I'm experiencing so that other's can learn (or just laugh at my antics/foolishness).

Good luck with your effort.  If it's any instruction, the ages of the people who showed up last night ranged from 19 to 62, and the last group I was in ranged from 20 to 40.  That sort of dynamic is probably not reflected in most of the pro groups that have alot of exposure, but it is out there. (exceptions for Deke who must be older than Music since he invented it)

That's awesome!

Hey man. I totally get your enthusiasm and that feeling on the way home. I am personally excited to hear about this and wish you the best with your group. I have learned that starting and maintaining (read: keeping alive for any length of time) an a cappella group has got to be one of the hardest things to do. So many personalities, skillsets, learning styles, schedules to deal with and etc...it's a lot. But, it's also one of the most rewarding things you can do if you can make it work. It truly is a sort of spiritual or cosmic thing going on when everything is clicking just right.

So...expect it to be hard hard work and stick with it. But also allow yourself to be present in the moment when it IS going just right because there's nothing like that feeling.

Thanks for the encouraging news! It's just what I needed to hear. Maybe now I'll get motivated and get MY OWN group going and take my own advice. LOL

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