The Music Pod
Langley Park, Durham. DH7 9TT

A strange day in the studio...

So as many of you already know, we at The Music Pod are pretty successful with our courses, in which we teach people in various instruments and pieces of equipment at various skill levels. From the drums to working a recording studio, we provide the course you’re looking for.

Last week however, we had a pretty strange day. One of our students, Rebecca, was taking an intermediate lesson in Recording. She sat at that panel with her headphones on, prepping the gear to record an EP for a local acapela group from a nearby college. Little did she know what would happen next.

The group came in their finest gear, tuxedos and sequined gowns aplenty. Pitch Perfect is one of Rebecca’s favourite movies, and with the release of the sequel just out, she couldn’t wait to get her aca-socks blown off. The studio went silent, the pitch pipe came out, Rebecca hit record, and what happened was purely magic.

The group eased into the hit 90’s song “The Sign” by Ace of Base, which featured in the movie. Rebecca at this point couldn’t stop smiling, and even began to do a little jive herself. Next up in the medley came “Whatta Man” by Salt ‘N’ Peppa, a song that Rebecca used to nickname her boyfriend, and uses to tease him to this day. Somehow in the mix, the group began “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, which eased in amazingly, like I still don’t know how they managed it. At this point Rebecca was still clueless, but I knew something was up; there is no way that these songs would usually be put together, in any regular context at least. It seemed a little off...

Next thing you know, here comes Boyfriend Joe taking the lead vocals on “Marry You”. I knew it. Rebecca, she... still didn’t? She believed that Joe was crashing the recording and intentionally failing her class, as she signalled him towards the door trying desperately not to distract the acapela group. So he left the recording booth, but not alone, the group followed, as they remained singing. At this point Rebecca sat back down, and I was trying my best not to pee myself laughing.

So the group quieted down as Joe made a speech, grabbing Rebecca’s hand as she sat with her mouth wide open just staring at him gormlessly. He dropped to one knee, and pulled out an adorable little ring from Orla James. Rebecca pretty much screamed the house down which we can only assume meant “yes” and they all sang along together as they left the recording studio, it was very High School Musically/Flash dancey in the room, not my cuppa but regardless it was one of the best things I’ve ever witnessed.

Congrats to Rebecca on passing your Intermediate Recording Lesson, and to you and Joe for the many happy years to come. We look forward to seeing you come back for your Higher Level Recording Sessions, with a wedding ring to partner that fancy little number that Joe’s gotten you.

(Note to all future students, proposals are not included in the standard rate.)

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