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From an Alum: Michael McElhiney

These folks are great…you definitely want to be a part of what the 58 stands for. If you are hesitant…don’t be. If you come to auditions and don’t make it, then it wasn’t meant to be. Don’t let your pride let you miss out on an opportunity to sing with incredible people, and share your music with everyone. You have got to remember, that there are millions of people that love music, and can’t sing a note. They want to so badly, but some are tone-deaf, don’t have rhythm, or even mute for that matter. To be stingy with the gift that is a singing voice is to smack all of those people in the face. Music is an intangible, and profound expression that transcends your daily life, and daily strife. Pining for the profound and intangible is the difference between existing and living. Sharing the music that your soul can make is a privilege, and a beautiful obligation. That’s just my two cents…or three cents (it was long). Good luck Greenies/future Greenies. SING DAMNIT SING!


WINNING!

I’m stealing the title of this post from Patrick Fromuth, but this school year for Greenies could not have ended better in any other way. As we stood out in the middle of the Big House for Spring Commencement this morning (obviously in the late-April Michigan spring weather of 50 degrees), I couldn’t help but feel so incredibly proud of the seven graduating Greenie seniors, for all their hard work and love for the group!

Per tradition, we send off the semester with senior letters and Warm Fuzzies from every member of the group. This year, I would like to dedicate this post our seniors in the style of warm Fuzzies:

Aditi Hardikar: Having you as Director this year and knowing that you were always available and awesome made this year possible for me. You have been such a wonderful Director for this group this past year, and I will truly miss your hard work, dedication, and love you put into Greenies the past three years I’ve been with you in the group. Thank you so much again for taking this group to new heights and directions, and I hope that I will be able to carry on all the wonderful opportunities you have provided for us :).

Elliott Polakoff: EP – I actually wish that I could go on one last Glee Club tour with you, just because our bus rides and rooming together made up those trips in their entirety for me. You are sincerely a great person, with a great big heart and very funny stories, keeping my spirits and mood up no matter what. I am so excited for our last pow-wow in NYC together, and I hope that you have a blast in Cuba afterwards! Please make it back to the US…Without getting too  sentimental with this post, I wish you the best of luck with your post-graduation plans and am truly blessed to have spent the best times in college by your side. I don’t know how this will sound in text, but “We ride for Life”. 😛

Hester Lee: Noona, I am so proud of and happy for you and all you have done this year! Seeing you at commencement this morning in your kickass heels, which probably made you taller than me, I knew that you were graduating and leaving and never coming back again…Just kidding, I am super excited that you will be around again next year :). Anyway, thank you for being there for me in so many ways – cooking with me, going on foodventures, discovering the island of Mackinaw, making fun of people in Korean, and etc. I hope to create even more memories with you in the coming year, and remember to think of a recipe to christen our new house’s kitchen!

Julie Mhlaba: Hoolie Hlaba 🙂 It only feels like yesterday when Aditi made up that super-original-but-personally-my-favorite-nickname for you in the Arb. These past three years with Greenies and you have flown by in a blink, and I am slightly freaking out about the fact that your uncanny ability to make me laugh in so many ways won’t be available next year. I know you have an iPhone 4, so we’ll just have to FaceTime each other so I can laugh at your jokes :). I am so happy for you and am super proud of you and please remember to to break out the robot during our New York trip. I will do my best to keep up with your insane dancing, but please don’t laugh at me when I just break out into the Bernie dance in my ineptitude.

Melanie Wicander: Mel Bel. Swell Mel. Mel…Gel. I’m pretty sure that some of my Greenie highlights from this past year come from our dinners together and the simple talks about life and Greenies we shared :). Your ability to speak out and just provide so many different perspectives for me has been one of the greatest things for me this semester. Whether it was trying something new or understanding more about the group and its people, I believe that you have provided that insight for me like no other. Thank you for being such a great friend and mentor – here’s a great big hug face for your: <<(^_^)>>!

Patrick Fromuth: Patricia!!! As I look back on the three wonderful Greenie years I have spent with you, I actually cannot remember what I was upset about with you my Freshman year. I think I was a closet diva and was just intimidated by your awesome divaness…Moving on, :P, all I know is that this past year of getting closer with you and getting to spend more time with you has been such a blessing to me. You are seriously such a genuine person and have an amazing heart filled with love, and obviously, rainbow unicorns just for me. Thank you so much for being able to cheer me up in times of need and if you are back during the summer, lets rent African Cats and have the night of our lives!

Samoane Williams: First off, please please, lets go to The Fleetwood tonight – it is by far one of my favorite places to go to in Ann Arbor. I want to congratulate you on a successful year of wonderful party nights and seriously making some of my Greenie nights so enjoyable and memorable – or slightly memorable that is. I am so proud of you for getting into State’s Law School and I know you will kick serious ass as a lawyer! Please never stop singing and being awesome, and I hope that, if you are around in the summer, we will be able to hang out more and go on late night adventures together. That last part wasn’t necessarily supposed to have any other connotation…I just like late night adventures to random ass places or 24-hour food joints 🙂

To all the seniors, I will miss you, will sing my heart out for you, and will always love you ❤

GO BLUE and GO GREENIES!

Love,

Paul Jinwoo and The Lees


TUMORS SUCK!

Last Friday, April 1, 2011, our Seven Lovely Seniors finished their last 58 Greene concerts. It was a highly emotional and exciting time, and the number of fans, family, and alumni that showed up to the concert was unbelievably amazing. The concert itself was great and filled a lot of energy, and the excitement of the audience helped bring out some of our Greenies from their shells and well…we kicked ass on stage :).

As we sang out alumni song, “Book of Days” by Enya, I noticed the 10 or so alumni that were able to walk onto stage with us, whether they just graduated or had to leave the group last year, or over a decade ago. However, one of our alumnus, Eric Galvez, was unable to walk on stage with us, even though he was watching the concert from the seats of Rackham. Eric Galvez was a former Greenie back in 1995 – 1997, and he is a brain tumor survivor. I had the fortunate opportunity to meet with Eric after the concert and due to his post-operational condition, he was in a wheel chair and was unable to walk on stage to sing with us. Thus, our group got together to sing with Eric and to honor him and his work in creating a non-profit organization that helps young adults battle cancer and tumors and deal with their diagnoses and therapies.

The current members of 58 Greene were able to sing “Book of Days” with one of their oldest alumnus at his book signing in the Michigan Union today. For me, it was touching and humbling experience, and I hope for all the Greenie family, friends, groupies, members, alumni, and more, that Eric’s attitude and story of fighting back in times of trouble is only possible with the help of close friends and family and the overall support they provide for those in need. Please take a few minutes to check out Eric’s foundation on Facebook and his website:

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not GLEE!

Hey Lovelies,

So I know that a lot of people out there in the A Cappella and singing community overall have seen or heard of the hit TV show series, “Glee”. If you haven’t, it is a show about a high school “Glee Club” that sings at regional and national competitions while managing the usual, as well as the overly dramatic, challenges of high school students.

In the show, the cast has their song learned and ready to run in a matter of minutes and the production and rehearsal that goes into their numbers are highly overlooked. I know this is an obvious statement, but it has brought unrealistic expectations and images of what a “Glee Club” versus “Show Choir” versus “A Cappella” groups are.

In the show, the so-called “Glee Club” is more like a show choir in the sense that they have a band accompaniment, along with a lot of production of lights, choreography, and props that go along with their performances and rehearsals. A traditional “Glee Club” is more along the lines of formal choral ensembles and choirs. As a member of the University of Michigan’s Men’s Glee Club and its own legacy of 151 years today, I can vouch on behalf of all my fellow clubbers that Glee Club is nothing like the show, “Glee”. Traditional Glee Clubs sing traditional choral music rather than heavily accompanied pop tunes and top-40 hits. Although what our Glee Club sings may not be as popular in a mainstream sense, our repetoire of Biebel, Sibelius, Thompson, and other great choral composers makes our Glee Club of 100 dudes sound like something you’ve never heard before.

And now, about 58 Greene and the type of music we do: we have a song selection process each semester to pick out which songs we can do by using only our voices. Whether it is transforming the instruments in a song to our voices and imitating the sounds they make, or adapting a completely new and creative way of performing/singing a piece, A Cappella music is quite challenging but exciting. We take all different genres of songs, new and old, and try to add our Greenie kick to whatever we can. Whether that includes our soloists, dynamics, a little bit of choreography here and there, or just a simple snap, Greenies work hard to change a song from pianos and guitars to male and female voices and percussion.

So the next time you’re invited to a “Glee Club” concert, don’t expect your performance to include hairography, shiny dresses, and belting soloists 😛


Decisions Decisions…

So we finally have our concert title and theme: “Teach Me How to Greenie”.

We’re basing it off the hit song, “Teach Me How to Dougie”, and we’re hoping that we can share some laughs and jokes with the audience by dancing and telling them about the little things that go on within the group. Although it seems like it may be dance or hip-hop themed, we are actually going for a more “origin of Greenies” aspect to it and applying the history and stories we have to share with our audience. The intimate and personal relationship we can create with the audience in that way will hopefully allow us to have a more close-knit fan base and I know that our friends and families will love to hear how Greenies has become what it is today.

So, keep an eye out for flyers on the diag and everywhere you pass by in the next few weeks, because our concert will be coming up on April 1st, 2011! And no – it is not an April Fool’s Day joke :P. I hope to see you all there and I hope you enjoy this beautiful weather as much as I do.

P.S. – This semester’s Dance Mix has some pretty awesome selections, so get pumped for it :)!


“I’ve Never Won Anything Before!”

In light of 58 Greene news, we recently won a Talent Show competition hosted by the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi, for a Black History Awareness Month celebration and benefit concert. We won $1000 for singing our arrangement and traditional medley of “Dance Mix”. Our Dance Mixes usually include the semester’s popular songs, according to the radio and Billboard charts, as well as some popular throwback/old songs as well. This particular talent show Dance Mix was composed of T-Pain’s “Buy U a Drank”, followed by Trey Songz ft. Nicki Minaj’s “Bottoms Up”, Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T. Pretty Young Thing”, and Rihanna’s “Only Girl”.

I was ridiculously ecstatic as the suspense built up around the placement announcements. As the host of the show, Coco, was naming off the third place and second place runner-ups, our anticipation and excitement built up as we hoped to be the one’s to come out on top. After a lot of laughing and talking and more stalling than I could endure, Coco finally announced “58 GREENE!” as the first place winners. We literally all exploded in screams and shouts of joy, and embraced each other as we slowly made our ways up to the stage. It was by far one of the most memorably moments of my college experience and time with Greenies 🙂

Here are some pictures and a video of our performance!


Patrick Fromuth Productions presents “Stripped”

This is a follow up to the previous post about putting up videos. Although this is only partially Greenies, this show had many Greenie members performing and our very own Patrick Fromuth producing it…it was probably one of the best live concerts I have attended:

I get goosebumps every single time I watch the videos 🙂