To all of Jason Mabie's friends:
Also, Jason's memorial fund is only about half-funded, so if you would care to give, the link is below.
This is Jason Mabie's Dad, Ken Mabie.
Kasey, Melissa, Patti & I are extremely touched by your kind words and memories of our dear Jason. We are absolutely heartbroken and ask that you continue to keep Jason in your thoughts & prayers.
We will have a service for Jason on Sunday afternoon, August 18th at St. Francis de Sales church in Sherman Oaks. This is 1 day before his 32nd birthday. We do not have the exact time yet, but will make an announcement as soon as we know. We ask that you share this with your friends in case they would like to attend.
We love you all and thank you for being a part of Jason's life.
(More information will be shared as I learn it.)
Hi Octet Fans,
Tiffany here. I am asking any fans of Jason Mabie's music, the UC Men's Octet, collegiate a cappella or just goodness in general to help raise funds for the cost of his funeral. Click on the image and follow the link, or just click the url below.
You can also send a check to his surviving spouse. The information is in the link.
Thank you, in advance, for helping pay this cost.
Please, also, spread the message, and help pay down the cost of this funeral.
First, a few words from YouTubers.
First thing's first. I don't know Ben Sae-Tang from Adam, but if I were to pick an Octet song to represent him, it would be Blackbird. Ben seems sweet natured and quiet/peaceful (in contrast to the shouty Boot Camp Ben in the Spring 03 opening video.) But, again, I don't know him.
Whenever I watch this video I really appreciate how appropriately understated the backs are. No one is showboating, not even Ben, which makes them great fun to watch. It's great when the cameraman pans over the guys singing backup. Jason, if you're reading this: Thank your father again. :)
The Octet work together to make the song sound beautiful. And mad props to Rick for his whistling tour de force. I base much of my admiration of others on what they can and I cannot do. Whistling on demand without a major bout of the giggles is one of them. Singing is another. It's no wonder I am such an Octet fan.
As you can tell from the above YouTube post, I had something of an A Cappella epiphany with this song. Listening to it, I realized what a beautiful musical instrument the human voice is. So, if your keeping track, Not Pretty Enough introduced me to te Octet, Lets Stay Together made me fall in love, and Blackbird made me appreciate the concept of A Cappella.
Now, I have to say that I am a follower of A Cappellism. I am a devout A Cappellist and my devotion is first and foremost to the UC Men's Octet: who are giants in the collegiate a cappella community.
Nirvana Medley is one of the two videos I use to introduce people to the Octet. I think it showcases their talent and humor + the youngsters love their hippy music. (Just kidding.)
And, of course, Jason's comments make it even funnier.
Okay, confession time. I never called Jason Mabie "the guy who looks like Jack Black". I would never stoop that low...well, okay, around my house Jason has been called "Nirvana Guy" by the roomies. Guess who started that. And then, a couple of months ago he bacame "Jaaaayson." Buy you'll read more about that later. Is that better or worse than Jack Black?
So, a few of the Octet have passing resemblances to other well known (and not so well known) celebrities. We can discuss that at a later date, as well.
On to other business...I'm thinking of taking down or revamping the Forum. My thoughts are that either 1.) People don't want a forum 2.) People are shy or 3.) No Octet fans have seen the page, and looky-loos don't post. So, if you're an Octet fan: please post.
Another thought is that there are too many topics, or what I'm posting is too weird/boring/whatever. Hmmm...feedback is awesome. Tell me what you want and I'll do my best to oblige.
Till next time.