Archive for December, 2009

How I Knew Nota Would Win The Sing Off

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Did anybody watch NBC's The Sing Off? I surely did. I was in a co-ed a capella group in college… the Tufts University Amalgamates. Tufts… ring a bell?

Yes, the Beelzebubs are from Tufts. When I was in school, they were great and talented guys. For the laugh, I auditioned for them. According to their historian at the time, I am the first woman to ever audition for the Bubs. They were sweet. The audition was great. I sang "I L O V E U" by Take 6, they had me sight read and blend with them, and they gave me a Bubs shirt. It was lovely!

So I watched The Sing Off with an excited but critical ear since I've done that stuff. I did a lot of a capella arrangements, and still do. When I play around in my home studio, I sing all the tracks. So this is my world.

I knew Nota would win. First of all, they're amazing. They're 6 guys who sound like 10. They blend amazingly, they keep pitch and time well, and they do interesting arrangements that give them a really full sound.

The Bubs showed up with 12 people, and did what I'm used to seeing them do… amazing singing, tremendous entertainment. You'd think they might win, but I knew they wouldn't.

The prize was a big stack of money and a record deal. The Bubs put out their own albums every year or every other year, and have done that for decades. They're undergrads, and what a lot of people don't realise is that many kids in college a capella aren't music majors or serious musicians. They are not people looking for music careers. They might be engineers, pre-med, pre-law, looking to go into politics or diplomacy, etc… When I sang in the Mates, I was the only music major.

Also, as undergrads, the group tends to change every semester. Someone takes a semester off, you have auditions and bring in new people, people graduate. The group is sort of constantly changing. So you have a changing group of what might be kids who are not thinking about music as a career, and who are already putting out their own albums.

Nota deserves it. They were beyond great. Multi-talented, multi-dimensional, and really solid. But the prize will be better used by them than the Bubs. 

I've seen a capella live, and it's always blown me away. In college, I saw Take 6 live. I also saw Todd Rundgren's "Second Wind" tour, where for a few songs, he had his 10-piece band be an a capella group. I think that if people can stay away from autotuners and engineering tricks, a capella will definitely be on the rise now that it has had some national attention. I hope Nota will tour since I would definitely go if they came through my town.

Thanks to NBC for doing that show, bringing attention to a capella, and especially bringing attention to my alma mater, Tufts University… home of THE best college a capella groups in the country!


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Now Hiring for an Account Manager

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

We are now hiring for our Account Manager job. Click the link to read the whole job description. Here are the highlights.

The As Was Account Manager takes the approved designs that we do, and works directly with our clients to install them. So you'd get policies and links into templates, and get them into the client's listing software. We can teach you the various listing software systems if you don't know all of them (and who does!). You'd create and install our "simple" eBay Store designs based on the approved template design. You'd create and install About Me pages and custom eBay Store pages.

Clients often ask for things that are bad ideas based on what we know about how eBay shoppers behave. You need to be able to comfortably tell someone that you suggest they NOT do that, and why. We're not grunt workers. We're consultants, and part of why people want to work with us is our great and logical advice. :)

This job requires expert-level Photoshop, HTML, and CSS skills. If you have taken a course on HTML, that may not be enough. We do very complicated coding, and we always do it by hand. You cannot get away with having Dreamweaver or Word code this for you.

And we'd like you to know eBay well! Our Account Managers sometimes get questions about a client's eBay selling, and we'd prefer if you had some answers. Sure, we can give you some training on how we like the questions answered, but we do not expect to have to teach you eBay!

So if you have great website skills, great client communication skills, and know eBay, we need you right now! You can work from home as long as you have a good, quiet place, and nobody else will answer the phone line we'd set up for you. Pay is hourly, and you'll be 1099'ed.

Please get in touch ASAP. The job is open right now, and we need to hire right now, even with this being the holiday season. I'm not going on vacation. I'll be right here working on hiring!

Thanks, and please pass this on so we can reach people with this skill set who may be looking for full-time or nearly full-time work-from-home work.


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