So I definitely agree that comps are a great motivator for success. Here
are a few points I brought up today:
I think that point blank we don't have the time to put together a winning
Awaazein set. And I don't want to go to a competition if we don't have a
winning attitude towards it, it's a disservice to us, the comp, and our
competitors. We'll be under prepared and basically crippled - the other
teams there have had a full semester to perfect their set, while half our
set would be brand new.
Having a set up and running by 3 weeks into next semester means getting 2
fully new arrangements to comp level. All evidence points to that being
unfeasible, and it's unhealthy for us to set goals we can't even achieve in
the first place.
We could absolutely take our music to an amazingly high badass level, even
higher than what we felt at that last run through. If we know we can do
that and don't give ourselves the time and space to really climb to our max
potential, I think that's a mistake we're going to regret.
Fiscally, it's wasteful to go to Awaazein if we just consider it a "do the
best you can" kind of comp. Raas Rodeo is the same day, and we can use that
as a deadline to showcase /dry run our new music without paying $600.
I wish we could compete since we've had such a great time there in the
past, but I don't see a good enough argument for it :(
On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 1:03 AM Emran Shafaq <emran.shafaq@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
So I ended up voting against awaazein, but it was a super hard choice. It
seemed like the two ways we were looking at it was going there with the
mindset of getting first or going there just for practice. I honestly think
both are extreme. We should go there with the mindset that what we have can
win if we put our hearts into it, but also realize that it will be a
tremendous help regardless of the result. I'm personally very open to
reconsidering. The greatest concern for me is the cost. Anyways, it seems
like we're pretty set on not doing but just wanted to throw some last
minute thoughts out there.
On Nov 28, 2016 12:47 AM, "Pranav Bhamidipati" <psbhamidipati@xxxxxxxxx>
On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 12:39 AM Ruchir Elhence <ruchirelhence@xxxxxxxxxx>
Neha just sent over the notes from the meeting y'all had today (sorry I
couldn't be there). I noticed that we had decided against Awaazein (and all
other comps) and I wanted to voice my opinion on that. I think that we are
doing ourselves a disservice by not competing next semester. I understand
that we are worried about time and getting newbies, but these are all
things Hum has dealt with successfully in the past.
I really believe that we had a place worthy set at Anahat. During
rehearsals we performed well enough to move someone to tears; that
shouldn't be overlooked. I am also aware that our execution when it came to
the actual performance was poor. That was more of an issue with projecting
and having the team confidence to perform no matter the external response.
Hum has lost something recently, and it certainly isn't talent. I think it
is something more intangible: confidence. Performing at a competition is
something that has continually driven me to excel as a performer and I
think it something incredibly valuable for everyone on the team. We have
the talent, the arrangements, and the potential to win. All we have to do
is buckle down and execute consistently.
I know we have already made a decision, but I hope that some of you would
re-consider. If not, it's cool cz I'm cool.