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Muses attempt coy sexual innuendo in performance

MIT Muses Concert

Performing with the Amherst College Zumbyes and the Rivier College Blues Express

Room 6-120.

Friday, March 10th, 8 p.m.

By Teresa Esser
Staff Reporter

The three-group concert put on by the MIT Muses last Friday proved the old adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Although none of the groups made musical history, they at least provided a pleasant weekend diversion, and the gracious, friendly attitude of the Muses' host lent a congenial and intimate feeling to the crowded and somewhat claustrophobic room 6-120.

"We have to admit to you that it's somewhat intimidating for us to be up here seeing all your faces. We're used to performing in front of a darkened audience," confessed the lead singer of the coed Rivier College Blues Express. "This next number will give you insight into why it has taken the Muses so long to make a CD," the lead singer stated by way of introducing a humorous skit made of actual studio foibles. "We make mistakes," the group seemed to say, "but we got an invitation to sing at Epcot [Center], so please support us by buying the food items that we'll be peddling in Lobby 10."

Although the Muses admitted that they needed direct support from the (largely male) MIT population, they chose to entertain their audience by compiling a list of the "Top Ten Differences between MIT Men and Real Men." The list contained such pearls of wisdom as the following: "Real men recite Tennyson, ask you out over the phone, have sex in bed and work out; MIT men recite pi to the 20th place, just finger you,' integrate over more interesting surfaces' and work problem sets." (Obviously the Muses have never visited the MIT weight room.) Exceptions to the MIT Male Geek Status were granted to those MIT males who were present at the Muses' concert.

Perhaps the Muses came up with the "real man" list in an attempt to convince the all-male Amherst Zumbyes to visit Boston more often. There seemed to be a lot of play-flirting going on between the two groups, from the Zumbyes wondering publicly whether they could get dates with the Muses later on at a post-concert private party to the Muses picking couples at random from the audience and imploring the males to "Kiss the Girl" (a song title). "I don't go here," stated one audience member, obviously trying to remove herself from the quagmire of MIT geekery. "I really don't," she repeated.

The titles of their songs illustrated an underlying sexual tension to the evening. "What's Your Name?" the Zumbuyes asked; "You Stepped Out of a Dream." "She's Fresh," they continued; "I Need You."

The Rivier College Blues Express exclaimed: (paraphrase) "Up in New Hampshire we know how to move things quickly. You know, our name is Express.' Things here move so slowly. The minute we got into Boston, everything jammed. Could you please move things along?"

"Desi-i-i-ire," they crooned; "Desire." And then, frustrated by the sluggish pace of the Boston scene, they mused aloud: "If his eyes are brown and his hair is black ... what would the color of his thing be?"

The Muses, not wanting to be outdone, implored their visiting "real men" to "Lay me down in the tall grass and let me do my stuff." "We dance, too," they promised.

All in all, the three groups provided a fine evening of free entertainment last Friday night. They all sang well, and some of the Zumbyes' astronomically-inspired choreography (moon, sun, and star bodily formations) were absolutely brilliant. Their humorous attempt to ask the Magic Eight-ball about getting dates provided a perfect metaphor for the rest of the concert.

In the end, who can decide whether the concert was good or bad? Proclaimed the Muses' last song: "Only You."