I stumbled throughout some good, old school geek enjoyable right now on the Seattle Symphony’s Day of Music. They name themselves The Baudboys, they usually describe their model of music as “Geek A Cappella.”
I knew I used to be in for one thing enjoyable when the members pulled off their formal shirts to show black T-shirts with the phrase “geek” emblazoned on entrance.
However who’re these guys? Actually, they’re a gaggle of Microsoft workers and alumni who belt out tunes reminiscent of Aeroplane, Drift Away and, my private favourite, Gonna Make You Comfortable Tonight.
The Baudboys have received some notoriety and press attention prior to now, however this was my first encounter with them. On condition that I’d by no means seen “A Cappella 2.0,” I chatted with bass/baritone Dave McEwen after the present to discover out just a little bit extra.
Actually, they aren’t the one music group to emerge from the software program big. The Baudboys spun off from the Microtones in 1990, although they don’t carry out in public as commonly. (You already know you’re employed at a giant firm when it helps a number of music teams).
McEwen tells me that you’ve to be a Microsoft “blue badge” to achieve acceptance into The Baudboys, however some alumni (together with himself) can also stick round after they depart the corporate.
“Over time it has grown and shrunk and morphed and about six years in the past we determined to get critical and began competing, and now we’ve received our fair proportion of fame and fortune,” says McEwen, including that the group is trying ahead to internet hosting the Harmony Sweepstakes in Olympia in February as final 12 months’s champions.
I then requested McEwen what it’s like singing with a bunch of geeks, since he famous that he’s essentially the most “right-brained” member of the group.
“Everybody of those folks is world-class, finest on the earth at growing software program. Now we have some, excessive, excessive degree folks right here. Now we have the man right here who wrote Home windows Safety. Now we have a few the blokes who’re the GPMs of main merchandise, so these are perfectionists. So, once we get collectively and rehearse, now we have enjoyable. However it’s like, we’re going to laser-focus on this and we’re going to get that carried out.”
Among the lyrics play off geek tradition, together with one basic line a couple of man and his Xbox.
McEwen says they struggle to infuse geek tradition into the performances.
“We all know our fan base,” he says. “We will go on the market and take a look at to be The Nylons or Take 6 or Manhattan Switch, however come on. That’s not who we’re. We’re a bunch of geeks. There may be not a Star Trek joke that you can make that every one of those guys couldn’t come again with 5 extra.”
Right here’s a fast hear and look:
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