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Muses Fall Concert

An Evening of A Capella In Black Dresses

By Dan Robey

MIT Muses Concert with Cornell Cayuga’s Waiters and UNC Chef Hangers

Room 54-100

Friday, November 16, 2001

The soothing sounds of flowing a cappella drifted through the green building last Friday as the Muses, accompanied by the Cornell Cayuga’s Waiters and the UNC Clef Hangers, performed their unique blend of soothing pop and saucy rewrites of classics.

The Muses shined in their elegant black gowns, building energy throughout their segment of the concert. Starting with the Dido’s mellow “Thank You,” The Muses delivered beautiful melodies and stirring backgrounds. Spine tingling lows and crisp highs slipped easily into Donna Lewis’ energetic “I Love You, Always Forever” and “6 Underground” by Sneaker Pimps, which seemed almost too sentimental for the atmosphere.

The next song, “Walk of Shame” displayed the Muses’ talent for parody as they sang about the ordeal of a girl walking back to her dorm after a long night at a frat across the river. Lines like “Baker never seemed so far,” and “I wash the vomit from my hair” resonated with the grinning audience. After Pink’s “There You Go,” and Sublime’s “Santaria,” another Muses parody broke the sentimentality of the evening. Sung to Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” the Muses’ “Porn” told the story of a girl’s introduction to adult movies and magazines through her boyfriend. Laughter sang from the crowd as the elegantly clad women proudly displayed various magazines while singing “There’s nothing wrong with porn!” and “I’m hot and wondering when’s the next time that I’ll score.”

It might have been the excitement from “Porn,” but the Muses’ interpretation of Nina Gordon’s “Tonight and the Rest of My Life” had such a fast tempo that it disrupted the mood of the song. All was forgiven with “How High the Moon” and “Change in My Life.”

The three groups of the evening provided a good blend of classics and current pop. Songs flowed fairly well together and created the atmosphere of the evening. The Muses displayed their strong soloists and technical ability as well as their sense of fun throughout the evening. The Muses concert, while not exactly an a cappella orgy, was a good evening filled with intimate and sentimental songs, with the occasional hilarious crowd pleaser.