Finding things to do in New Orleans is a walk in the park- literally!
Starting off a long day of driving right 👌
Saoirse just taught me the difference between a shamrock and a clover #learnsomethingneweveryday
good, shop right??!
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with some cuddles
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She got a bid from Pi Beta Phi today! — Larkin E. Smith The University of Chicago 2019 BA Candidate Fundamentals: Issues and Texts firstname.lastname@example.org (970) 306-3607
learning how to body roll ?
Construction workers with a singing and drinking problem
Happy pre-O-week!!!! xo, ampoule the cuties
family brunch @ Valois
Cute as hell
Taking advantage of our leftover auditions propaganda
A true “big/little” reveal
A man of many talents reps his fam to first years
Ransom Notes’ midsummer reunion!!!!!!1!!!
Valois that is
That time we made back into the U.S. from Canada on our *international* spring tour
We had a great time on Wednesday night singing and hanging out with the Columbia University Clefhangers!
Lukas models the Kenyon-to-Chicago fayshion
‘Cause we’re coming home again.
“If anyone says fajita in a nontraditional way again….”
We made it to New Jersey. Shreya’s house is the most beautiful thing ever and I’m dead. I won’t make it to New York now because Shreya’s house was so pretty it killed me. Also her family is so nice it double killed me. The end. Here is a photo.
Hello friends!! We arrived in Toronto yesterday evening!!!!!! Other countries are a new thing. The walk signs are jaunty (and they always turned to the county-down hand before I could get a photo). The road signs are in French and English (expensive). None of our phones work (except Simona’s and maybe De’Andre’s). We sing a lot–oh wait, that’s not any different…
WHAT A VIEW, am I right?!?
The trip was an Internet-less adventure, so Imma just chronicle that now. The other unnamed car apparently didn’t take photos (+1 Car Corona)… so here we go.
You can’t read it, but this said “Tunnel To Canada” which was cool. Pardon the potato photo.
This also says “Tunnel To Canada”…
ALERT: WE ARE IN THE TUNNEL TO CANADA.
There is a maple leaf on the wall. This must mean we are in Canada. Ben thinks it’s a scam. Omar agrees.
First selfie in Canada!!!!!!1!!!!!!!
Canadian flag is flying high. Maybe this isn’t a scam…
Last night we did a roof sing with Tunes.Beats.Awesome., which was SO MUCH FUN! They also took us on a freezing cold walk to a delicious Asian fusion restaurant. No pics though because we are failures of our generation.
Today we explored Queen Street and sang in stores and on sidewalks and also ate really good burgers/poutine. Later we might go to Trivia Night at the hostel. Or a karaoke place. Or something else. And tomorrow we head to New Jersey! #cantwait
Love love love to all!
“I’m sold—mermaids are real. Look.”
Simona takes us to the promised land and Corson and Ben use their passports for the first time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bweet breams! Bon’t bet the bed bugs bite!
Ransom Notes are friends with each other.
We got it
Jaewon the choreo queen hibernates during break.
Chilling and working on choreo.
2 hour intense, hungry rehearsal at Logan.
Family dinner at Chitpole – da best
And the Ugliest Christmas Party at Caroline’s. ft. Beautiful Christmas Tree & Santa Stuck Upside Down on DeAndre’s Head
Late breakfast: fantstic eggs by Riley, Corson, and Shreya. Coffee brewed by Justin.
Ben’s dexterous dining table
Ransom Notes explores Pilsen. $1 Corn Ice Cream and Strawberry Ice Cream. + REAL Mexican Food (Not your usual Chipotle)
Had a late Asian style dinner cooked by Omar, Justin, Corson, Riley, and Jaewon. Digested with the help of a lot of singing, and exchanged gifts!
Simona ———-> Jaewon —————————–> Scott —————————–> Riley ———————-
——————-> Jack —————————–> De’Andre —————————–> Muriel ——————-
——————————————–> Melissa ———————————————-> Simona
Shreya ————————————————–> Ben ————————————————-> Justin —————–> Shreya
We visited highschool choirs!! Performed for them, held workshop on tags and beatboxing, and they performed for us too. Best part of tour <3
School 1: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory Highschool
School 2: UIC College Preparatory Highschool
Dinner at County BBQ follwing Caroline’s recommendation.
OMG SO GOOD! True Texas Soul Adrienne approves.
We love Jaewon
ft. Joplin the dog
Brewed by Justin
Ready for 2nd day of tour!!
What if “Aristotle” was read like “Chipotle”?
No Means No?
Dreamteam conjoined for the ICCAs (*???)b
From Lukas and his cup of free whipped cream
Line of notes enjoying gr9 a cappella. Thanks for inviting us to open for y’all!!
The paparazzi caught her debuting new dining hall equipment in Bartlett
Fresh Styles this Winter Season from L.L. Bean
Tinfoil a classy touch
Melissa is not a fan.
Werkin’ ‘n’ twerkin’ as per le uzh
— Shreya Luthra University of Chicago Class of 2016
She’s the coolest Sent from my iPhone
Which alto is Melissa dressed like today?
Sometimes Jaewon takes naps in between measures.
Scott at Disney 😀
Peter gets handsy at 4th meal with waffles and ice cream
So funny story: We thought a group from Oxford (yes, cialis the one in England) called the Gargoyles was coming to sing with us this evening. But when we met them for dinner we found out that Out of the Blue (the group Sam cheated on us with while studying abroad) had hatched an elaborate plot to surprise Sam with a visit (Sam may have cried a bit…)! We had an awesome time eating, try singing, and hanging with Out of the Blue and we hope we can do it again soon!
Guys. We just sang at Pappy’s. And signed/decorated a menu for their wall. We will forever be engrained in Pappy’s history in the form of a blue pig wearing a black bowtie. Yep. We’re awesome.
This is basically the reason we came to St. Louis. Pappy’s BBQ is the best. End of story.
Casually booty popping at the stypehaus. Ransom notes win.
Amirite guys? – Riley
Riley looks content after getting a 30-minute massage.
I suppose it was bound to happen, clinic with not being in the dirty Jerz, and all.
Waffle House joy!
…I have flaws!”
Shimm’ring, ripp’ling, glist’ning cerulean, serene and wrung with pine; Apollo’s Orlando smile cool again, damp towels hang on line; Lover-squirrels have a spat across treetops
(Featuring Justin Krivda as Ironman)
We’re kinda ba
Dis-topia Sent from my iPhone
“What are you doing?” “I am advertising these dresses FOR them”
Somehow Lib managed to swing us a reservation at Belle’s Castle for a late dinner. WE CANNOT CONTAIN OUR JOY. Sent from my iPhone
…by meowing. Sent from my iPhone
We burn things. Sent from my iPhone
Sent from my iPhone
We’ve lost Omar.
“The time has come, malady ” the Walrus said “To speak of other things, patient ” Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.”
Continues to be a baller. Burns tiny notes into the soon to be official ransom notes spoon. Unclear why we need a official spoon. Then again, who wouldn’t want an official spoon?
So let’s go on a water ride!!! Sent from my iPhone
Sorted! Sent from my iPhone
Justin is a master wood whittler. Sent from my iPhone
Whittling a spoon = typical skill of Eagle Scout renaissance man esquire Justin
He is not a boy, order but an eagle.
It’s big and pretty. Sent from my iPhone
Shrimp… Or bung?? Sent from my iPhone
Yep, we’re in Mississippi. Also, the car the girls are leaning on is a “bonafide jalopy”.
Jack demonstrates his utter lack of regard for the rules of the Catholic Church in front of the oldest church in America.
Forgot to upload this two nights ago during our exploration of the night.
Toodles, Nawlins. It’s been real.
Masters of the road, seek and we have spied the sea! We wish for much booty and plunder…but mostly the booty.
A gem we found (and almost bought) in a thrift shop. Sent from my iPhone
That shit cray! Ain’t it J?! What she order? Crawfish Filet?
You sure can’t get this in Chicago!
I am scared of crawfish #shreyshreyfunfact
Is a nice cake! Sent from my iPhone
“This is about the futility of the ceremonial death” – Brianna
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The remains: Sent from my iPhone
Chow time at Cafe Du Monde.
Brianna and I happened upon a lovely New Orleans jazz trio called Steamboat Willie. They were so good! Also, click do notice the dog in a stroller.
White Chocolate learns how to dance. Sent from my iPhone
We randomly ran into a group from union college and had an impromptu aca-off!! Sent from my iPhone
Our first day in New Orleans! We’re on our way to eat ourselves to death!
Crawfish cakes. Need we say more? Sent from my iPhone
Selfie tiiiiiime en route to Mississippi yesterday. Sent from my iPhone
Justin and I delve into the darkest corners of St. Vincents, clinic and discover its secrets…and terrors.
Guys! A ghost just farted. Or maybe that was Sam. #dutchoven Sent from my iPhone
Guys a ghost just flipped me off.
At Felicity and Magazine
Turns out this building is a renovated orphanage and infant asylum. And by renovated, I mean not at all. The outside doors are conveniently swollen with damp so they can’t close and slam in the wind. Also, the elevator has twin mirrors reflecting into infinity with the words “Good Night” keyed into one of them. The lighting is conveniently spotty, the floors are stained with some things that resemble something that could be blood, the halls echo with disembodied voices, and the residents aren’t completely…there. So yeah, we’re settling in just fine.
This couldn’t possibly have been the setting of the 1992 horror film Candyman, could it? Oh wait, yes it could.
But Mardi Gras was not yesterday…
The ghost bus is gaining on us. We’re worn down, and it’s only a matter of time. I hope someone is reading this…
Awwww isn’t that cute. The Ransom Notes are having a picnic by an adorable lake in Mississippi. THINK AGAIN! It was COLD! So we left after 10 minutes. I thought it was supposed to be warmer here…
Kim finds magic in a sparkly horse… in a park… in Mississippi. Stranger things have happened.
…and Brianna is totally MOISSSTIFIED by Missy Elliot!
Two figures: yellow-green flashes
Five bucks=a pack of Deuce-Sevens;
Visible from the highway in Alabama: one burned to the ground by fire, healing one crushed by a big fallen oak tree, and one small old house that fell over, leaning against a telephone pole.
Ranch dressing is like clothing. Normal, stuff but not necessary.
Welcome to Alabama folks!
Sent from my iPhone
Chowing down at Monell’s. And we ain’t even started for real yet. -Scott
Yep. Sent from my iPhone
All but 2 touring notes are sleeping, but this Tennessee morning is really lovely 🙂 when they wake up, they’ll have a Lib! And a sleepy Fish. Sent from my iPhone
We spent the night at the home of Brianna’s roommate, Emma. Her father is Country singer-songwriter, Bill LaBounty! Last night, he performed for us and showed us his studio. It was amazing to be in touch with the musical culture of the region. Thank you LaBountys for being so hospitable!
A vast plane of well-tilled land Now wakes from its frozen slumber With amber rippling through the sand. Wreathed with black and barren lumber, The grain sea-carpet but expands Til horizon of eyes’ wonder Meets the Mother sphere’s outstretched hand, Blessed by the Celest’ial Plumber. J.T. Krivda
We ate Riley. Sent from my iPhone
Food is running low. All we have left is beef jerky and carrots. People are getting shifty. There is a cold rising. Sent from my iPhone
De’Andre’s lunch, y’all. He made all-gone. Sent from my iPhone
We in the American Velociraptor car receive free pie with our dinner because we’re just so darn cute. Sent from my iPhone
The first-place car has thus far marathoned through 2 states and has arrived in Louisville! We checked the Man vs Food website for dinner ideas. And we came upon… Mark’s Feed Store. More updates to come as we prepare to chow down. Spoiler alert: DeAndre ordered the world’s biggest pulled pork sandwich.
While driving through a wind farm in Indiana, we realized that windmills are actually absolutely terrifying. Those mothafuckas are straight out of a horror movie and like, poised to attack. Also, they get even scarier when there’s a line of them and you can only see all the spindly arms creepily waving around. Nightmares, y’all. Nightmares for days. Sent from my Galaxy S®III
Just passed through Indy!!!!!! Nashville here we come! Sent from my iPhone
Subway! The Pokemon car is in the lead. Don’t hold the wall! -Scott
Keeping it classy, ed as always.
Why the hell have I never had this food before?! Why is this not in the south?! I’ve been missing out.. Sent from my Galaxy S®III
Today’s task: to quote Justin Timberlake lyrics to every toll booth attendant.
The Fish is on the road! …or in the sea? Either way, we’re on our way! Kim just delivered some lemon poppyseed bread and we’re mouthgasming at its sheer deliciousness. Fish’s janky iPod (it only shuffles, essentially) is being put to good use by De’Andre’s aux cable (#bestdrivingbuddy). Bread + music + excitement = good to go. We are ready to take the South by storm!
Our biennial tour is happening in 5 days!! And where are we going, buy ailment you ask? The South! We are starting in Chicago and then traveling to Nashville, thumb New Orleans, medicine Orlando, Atlanta, and St. Louis! All over the course of 7 days! If you want to keep up with our travels (and see all of the ridiculous photos we take) you can keep tabs on us right here at this blog and on our Facebook page.
On the day after final exams, 16 of your most beloved Ransom Notes are going to cram into their cars and make the exciting trek to the South. Throughout the week we are going to make our way through Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and Missouri! We can’t wait to sing in all these amazing new places! This epic journey will begin on March 23 and you can follow us along the way right here on this blog! So bookmark it now! And look out USA here we come!
Sam Scarrow is a fourth-year and our current music director. He just got back from a year abroad in Oxford, where he sang with the internationally acclaimed a cappella group “Out of the Blue.” They were on the British talent show “X-Factor”. In other words, he cheated on us with a hotter, younger European woman. But we’re sort of okay with it.
Today we turned 15 and we had so many alumni come back to visit we couldn’t contain our excitement! So what did we do? We fed them!! Burger upon burgers upon burgers at the point. It was the perfect sunny day and it was a blast to hang (and sing) with all our friends by Lake Michigan! We love you alumni!
Holly, Master of Watermelon
Garrett, Master of Grills
Beware Agent Scott.
He will hunt you down in the dark of night and soak you to the bone before you have a chance to scream for help. Stay inside. Draw your blinds. Do not answer the door for anyone.
Awwwww. We love you too!
Ok well not actually. But we did get to ride in a limo!
We were asked to sing at a birthday party in the suburbs and they sent a limo to pick us up. How classy are we? Sooooooo classy!
and now for the limo:
Despite Samir's curse, recipe the Intelligence Van courageously beat the Integrity Van to Hyde Park!
Amanda realized that she has a cake brain. What that means, viagra you'll have to ask her.
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No one laugh at Caroline's face.
Well, mind maybe a little.
Singing in Washington Sq park after a yummy day in Chinatown!
Posted from beneath the Hudson River!
The Scarrows certainly treated us well! We thoroughy enjoyed staying in their house (and eating all their delicious food :P)! Unfortunately we've had to say goodbye to our dear friend Lauren, now boarding a flight to Israel, and now we're heading to New Jersey to sing at a school where Amanda's aunt works before heading out to sing with the NYU Cleftomaniacs. More to come!
In Philadelphia, apparently, people park in the middle of the street!! Wtf?!
CAROLINE, STOP THE CAR!!!!!!!!!
There's video evidence.
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(Marvel at our photography skills. Notice the ghostly image of the Ransom Notes CD case in the window.)
How nice! I missed the West Virginia sign a few minutes ago because my phone apparently takes 5 whole seconds to tak a picture. I have a nice picture of the scenery behind the sign, cialis though it has no symbolic significance. Anyway, we're in PA!!
Last night was somewhat of an interesting first for the Notes. Visiting Fish's hometown of Springfield, view we had the pleasure of singing with Wittenberg University's Just Eve–for a full house of frat brothers and partygoers. Now, I don't know what's in the Wittenberg water, but these folks were a good deal more receptive to an a cappella concert interrupting their Bacchanalian revelry than I expected.
The Notes' real glory, though, came at the pong table. There, a few UChicago a cappella nerds bested two waves of frat brothers (most of whom stood over 6 feet and had necks as thick as tree trunks) and went into triple overtime (that's right, triple) with another. We left with the taste of both glorious victory and certain libations fresh in our mouths–but, surely, that of victory was the sweeter.
“And then I came home to him playing with his–“
We have Sam's jacket. Are holding it for Ransom……
…this is a Ransom Note's ransom note.
Aya and i (Saoirse) have found out that are the same person! We both live on 92nd street and other stuff too. Also ekrem is thrilled at being “so much more comfortable this time! I have a chair!!”
The Ransom Notes have embarked!! East coast, look watch out!
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE TOUR AND ALL THROUGH HYDE PARK…
ALL THE RANSOM NOTES WERE WIDE AWAKE IN THE DARK.
SAM SCARROW WAS “SO.PUMPED.” THAT’S WHAT HE WAS.
(JUST LIKE WE IMAGINE HE ONCE FELT, ANTICIPATING SANTA CLAUS).
LAUREN WAS PACKING HER BAGS AND SUITCASES,
AND PROBABLY PLACING THEM NEXT TO HER BASS’S.
TOMORROW WE’LL PACK OUR TWO VANS TO THE BRINK
THEN SQUISH OURSELVES INSIDE, AND WISH WE COULD SHRINK.
IT’S FIRST TO THE LAND OF SPRINGFIELD WHEN CHICAGO WE LEAVE
WE WILL STAY WITH THE FISH(ES) AND SING WITH JUST EVE,
DAY 2 BRINGS US TO PITTSBURGH TO RAISE FUNDS
AND SING WITH THE PITT PENDULUMS FOR LOTS, LOTS MORE FUN!
IT’S A LONG WAY, THE NEXT DAY, TO DELAWARE
(HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET THERE WITHOUT USING OUR SPARE)!
WITH THE BUCKWORTHS WE’LL STAY, BEFORE WE DEPART
IT’S ONLY AN HOUR TO PHILLLY– WE WON’T NEED A HEAD START.
THEN IT WILL BE MONDAY AND WE’LL SING WITH GRACENOTES
I HOPE IT WON’T BE SO COLD THAT WE’LL NEED COATS.
TUESDAY WHEN WE SAY GOODBYE TO THE SCARROWS,
WE WILL HAVE TO BE UP WITH THE BLUE JAYS AND SPARROWS
CAUSE OUR FIRST GIG’S AT 10, IN A HIGH SCHOOL IN JERSEY,
AND HALF-DONE WILL BE OUR ODYSSEY.
THAT TUESDAY NIGHT WE’LL STAY IN NEW YORK
AFTER SINGING FLAWLESSLY, LIKE A ….TUNING …FORK…?
WEDNESDAY WE’LL BE PERFORMING AT SAINT VINCENT FERRER
BRINGING BACK SOME OF ONE NOTE’S MEMORIES OF TERROR
BEFORE WE STAY IN BROOKLYN WITH OUR DEAR, DEAR OLD FRIENDS,
A GIANT RANSOM NOTE FAMILY THAT NEVER WILL END…?
THURSDAY WE WILL SING FOR SAOIRSE’S GRANNY
AND SIGHTSEE THE CITY (SANS PACKS OF FANNIE).
FRIDAY WE HEAD WEST, AS THE PIONEERS
CONCLUDING OUR TOUR FOR TWO MORE YEARS.
We’re already excited.