There goes my dream of being a rock star…


For anyone that was wondering about the fate of my audition, I got the following response today:



Hello and thank you so much for your interest in Going Beyond Spotlight 2005!!! The response to our contest was OVERWHELMING with dozens and dozens of talented Microsoft employees. It has been so difficult to choose just SIX finalists to perform at Company Meeting 2005.


Unfortunately, despite your EXCELLENT audition, we regret to inform you that you have not been chosen to perform at Company Meeting this year. We truly enjoyed your audition, and we hope that you will keep going beyond with your singing. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.


I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that everyone’s audition was “EXCELLENT.”  But somehow a form letter seems more personal when multiple exclamation points and ALL CAPS are used.  Anyway, I guess the world just isn’t ready for my unique “gift.” 🙂

Comments (4)

  1. Travis Owens says:

    I agree, sounds like EVERYBODY’S performance was EXCELLENT.

    You are probably right, WE probably aren’t ready for YOUR UNIQUE GIFT.

    Hmm, sometimes caps can create (vicious) sarcasm too 🙂

  2. Kevin Daly says:

    As a good Kiwi I have an innate aversion to anything remotely suggestive of overstatement (we prefer to express ourselves with things along the lines of "That shark just big my leg off. Bugger").

    Soooooooo…I’m always uneasy with exclamation marks, but the use of 3 or more in a single document definitely strikes me as evidence of a mental disturbance.

    So if I receive anything that is liberally laced with both capitals and exclamation marks, I know I’m dealing with one of the following:

    a) A spammer

    b) A lunatic

    c) A marketing person

    d) (most likely) all of the above.

  3. Beverly Nathan says:

    I’m sorry they didn’t appreciate your gift, but you’ll always be MY IDOL 🙂

    Love, Mom

    P.S. I hope this doesn’t embarrass you too much.

  4. spedicini says:

    I’m not sure that everyone’s audition was EXCELLENT, some auditions were GREAT, EXCEPTIONAL, or WONDERFUL, or perhaps just REALLY NICE. Either way, each and every audition was filled with capitalized goodness.

    At least it wasn’t in quotation marks, eg, your "excellent" audition. 🙂