I just got back from 24 hours in a van and 15 hours in California (does anyone else see a problem with this??? When are we going to invent teleporters, already?!?!?) with the Divas and Mamas of 2002-2008 (that's current ladies and alumna, in case you were wondering). We laughed, we cried, we sang, and we swore like sailors. Well, I did, anyway. And of course, we talked about THE BOOK. The Mamas were able to clarify a lot of the incorrect "facts" listed for the Divas, especially as it related to how much DIVISI LOVES NOTEWORTHY. And how much the feeling is mutual. Or at least, how it used to be mutual, and how badly we want for it to ALWAYS be mutual. We also talked about how much we love Fermata Nowhere, The Octet, Vocal Point, the Golden Overtones, SoCal Vocals and MORE!!!
If anything in particular can be responsible for group rivalries and fights, I'm going to put my bets on 24 hour car rides, bellies full of junk food, and not having spoken to anyone of another gender for at least a day and a half.
If the groups profiled in THE BOOK had written their chapters, they would be true. And probably boring. As frustrated and even, at times, angry as I am about LOTS of things in the book, I try to counter my emotion with one of extreme gratitude: towards the people who helped Divisi get to the ICCA Finals in 2005, towards the people who helped Divisi get to where they are today, and towards the people who have discovered Divisi as a direct result of this book.