“I think you’re awesome. Can I buy you a drink?”
These words were some of the first that came out of Jenn Fiduccia’s mouth when we met at VoCAL Nation last year. It may sound silly, but these words…this question…can go a long way, my friends. After a great conversation (and many drinks), Jenn and I are now pretty great friends, and, more importantly, a pretty great team. I could end the story there, but I hear Dio in my head saying, “GO ON…”
At that same after-party, I met Clare Wheeler. Yes, that Clare Wheeler, of The Swingle Singers. I was giddy with excitement to meet and schmooze with this FAMOUS PERSON. But schmoozing was not necessary. She hugged the breath out of me when we met. We laughed, we danced, we talked – like old friends! We now frequently talk over the internet. Not about a cappella, about silly girl stuff, the differences between the US and the UK, and how one day, she’ll teach me how to speak with a proper English accent.
At that same after-party, which was in a rooftop bar in New York City, these crazy guys decided to burst into song (yes, it was Cee Lo, and yes, it was Overboard – don’t act like you’re surprised). They were standing in a circle, dancing, and everyone was joining in, even the general public – people who didn’t know what we were there for. It wasn’t hokey. It was FUN.
That was all in ONE after-party. Here are some other things that could happen to YOU at an aca after-party:
*Hear an un-released single from Naturally 7.
*Rick Thomas or Dave Longo could buy you multiple Jaeger Bombs.
*Receive a serenade from Cadence while riding in a van to their hotel.
*Meet a CASA board member that changes your life as you know it (before you know it).
*Receive a nickname (or three) from Duwende.
*Record Christopher Diaz and Alli Brooks singing a Sonos song and post it to Facebook.
*Actually live one of the many memes we’ve been posting on Facebook over the past several days.
And the list goes on.
Are we having fun yet?