Monthly Archives: February 2014

Five ways to survive an unplanned trip to the hotel gym

The crime of the half-century

An ICCA salute to the F-S Band of Brothers

It seemed particularly fitting to those of us who had hosted Fundamentally Sound, an acappella group from the University of Wisconsin, that the all-male performers chose “brotherhood” as the theme of their competitive set for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Midwest Tournament.

The young men recently completed a low-budget tour that included home stays, car trips, packed lunches and couch naps. The group’s tight bond, laser focus, and transcendent kindness became increasingly clear to lucky providers of the homes, lunches and couches, like us. They have each other backs as they take aim at the front of the ICCA field.

We joined a big group of F-S supporters Saturday night at the University of Chicago for the ICCA Midwest Regional. Our son Vinnie enjoyed the devoted support of no less than four aunts, three cousins, an uncle, father, mother and three siblings.

We planted ourselves front row and thoroughly enjoyed the show. All eight groups that performed before Fundamentally Sound impressed us with their unique styles and enviable passion and several of the soloists really blew us away.

F-S took the stage last and put together a polished set that included difficult tempo and key changes and traced the arc of fraternal bonds. If you can trust the potentially biased view of a camera toting mom, they put together the best and most challenging set of the night.

Eventually, following a nerve-wracking award ceremony, we learned that the judges agreed. Fundamentally Sound won the competition and will travel to the ICCA Midwest Semi-Final on Saturday, April 5 at Illinois State University.

Congratulations to all of the great acappella teams that competed Saturday night, especially Fundamentally Sound, some of the nicest men we know.

An enthusiastic contingent of loyal Fundamentally Sound fans.

An enthusiastic contingent of loyal Fundamentally Sound fans.

FS group fan shot

And some of our little contingent. Vinnie’s Aunt Robin graciously celebrated her birthday at the event. In a bit of good karma trivia, the next round of competition will take place on Vinnie’s Aunt Elaine’s birthday.

FS confrontation 2

This cool confrontation scene took place midway through the set. I’m just going to let the rest of the performance pictures speak for themselves..

FS abandoned brother

FS first song FS passion FS resolution FS trio

FS winner announcement before

This is the before shot of the announcement of the winning team…

...and this is the after.

…and this is the after.

FS winners

Congratulations and we’ll see you at the next round!

Here’s a clip Molly shot of the winning set, enhanced by a total eclipse of my sister Jenny’s head. Also, for your added entertainment value, you can enjoy the stern look I received from her, Katherine and my niece Olivia for the clicking sound my camera was making. All in the name of Aca-archiving, man!

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