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Well, I'm pretty new here. I was up all night reading Deke's blog posts and commenting on the ones I had something to say about.

He recommended to me that I watch "The Sing Off" after some remarks I made about reality television being the downfall of television in my eyes. So, being that I didn't have to work today (snow cancellation for a Driver's Education Instructor, ha!), I spent all day watching this show.

I am amazed.

I'm Samoan, growing up performing and singing in luaus. I love music. I've been a fan of A Cappella music since I was a child, & the first time I ever wanted to sing in a group was watching "Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego?" as a kid. I only discovered Contemporary A Cappella in 2001 when my friend James told me that his older brothers (Six aka The Knudsen Brothers) were this whole "musical band thingamajig" with only voices, & gave me cds by them, Rockapella, & the House Jacks to listen to. At the same time, my brothers' high school choir recorded 2 religious songs with a group called "InsideOut" which introduced me more, in person, to the idea of Contemporary A Cappella. After being introduced to their vocal drummer, I took up vocal percussion that same year, & have been spitting rhythm ever since.

But, Utah & Contemporary A Cappella being what it is, I don't have the same exposure to all the things that go on the way others do.

So when I say that this show just blew me away, I mean that it literally got me pumped to be a part of music again. I have ideas going through my head, I'm amazed that a big time channel/broadcasting corporation thought that the genre/style of music people like us do, was worthy of being put on the air. I saw my own local all girl group, BYU Noteworthy, perform, & I was just wowed by everything.

With the Ben Folds album recently, & with this show, & a few other whispers I've heard here and there, it really makes me smile to know that maybe somehow, the world of music I've grown to be so passionate about for the last 8 or 9 years, is getting a little more limelight.

It may not mean much or you may not see it the same way I do, as there are so many people here with way more exposure and much more knowledge on behind-the-scenes things, but to me, it's like I've been in a dark tunnel for a few years, & I suddenly not only see a light showing me the end, but there's music, refreshments, dancing, & a raffle that's coming up.

I'm glad to be a part of this.



Welcome to CASA and the a cappella community, Walter!  Isn't it so great?!

People here all have varied experience levels, but every one of us shares the same love for vocal music that you are just stumbling on.  It's so fun to re-live that first experience with you.  A cappella is the best.

As an aside, it sounds like you're near Provo?  I went to BYU myself, and I've been fortunate enough to interact a lot with a cappella there in Utah.  The reality is that Utah offers such a fertile soil for a cappella, given the local community's love for music and especially singing.  There are lots of groups around, and even more fans to share your newfound passion with.  Hit me up and I'd be happy to put you in touch with some local fans and friends there, including the Noteworthy ladies themselves.  I'm at davecharliebrown-at-gmail.com.  Hopefully I can share something that will be useful to you.

Meanwhile, welcome!

--Dave Brown

now: Mouth Off host | ICCA & CARA Judge

then: CASA president, CASAcademy director, CASA Bd of Directors | BYU Vocal Point | Noteworthy co-foun

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