Da Vinci's Notebook

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Da Vinci's Notebook
Also known as DVN
Origin USA
Genres A cappella, comedy
Years active 1993 (1993)-2013 (2013)
Labels Da Vinci's Notebook, Uncle Buford Records
Associated acts Paul and Storm
Members
  • Bernie Muller-Thym, bass (vocal), guitar
  • Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo, baritone
  • Paul Sabourin, tenor
  • Richard Hsu, tenor, keyboard
Past members
  • Jay Jones, bass (vocal) (1993-1994)

Da Vinci's Notebook (or simply DVN) was a comedic a cappella singing group. Former Artists-in-Residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, they performed specials on Comedy Central and PBS, and spent time as the "house band" on Washington radio's WBIG-FM. They were also regular guests on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show.

History[edit]

Formed in 1993, by Bernie Muller-Thym, Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo, Paul Sabourin and Richard Hsu. Bernie Muller-Thym, Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo, Paul Sabourin and Richard Hsu met via a classified ad. Richard Hsu, a friend of DiConstanza from University of Maryland, joined them in the summer of 1993. Bass singer Jay Jones sang with them from 1993-1994.

Da Vinci's Notebook made their debut at the 1994 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes, where they came in third place.[1] In 1996, they came back and won the 1996 Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes.[2]

They continued to tour, locally and nationally, for the next ten years.[3] Highlights included some of the most prestigious folk venues and festivals on the East Coast, such as Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

In addition to their albums, DVN also recorded a track called "The Ballad of The Sneak" for the Homestar Runner cartoon website.[4] This song was credited to the entire group, though it was only written and performed by Paul and Storm.

In 2004, the band stopped touring and regular performances.[5] Two of the members, Paul and Storm, then hit the road as a musical duo dubbed Paul and Storm. DVN will still perform together on occasion for corporate shows.

In 2007, interest in the band spiked as they began to get played on the syndicated "Bob and Tom" radio show. Their signature songs include "Ally McBeal," "Enormous Penis," "Internet Porn," and "Title of the Song."

In 2013, DVN's "Another Irish Drinking Song" was featured in the film Despicable Me 2, with new lyrics in the language of the Minions.

Members[edit]

  • Paul Sabourin, tenor
  • Richard Hsu, tenor, keyboard
  • Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo, baritone
  • Bernie Muller-Thym, bass (vocal), guitar

Music[edit]

  • Title of the Song
  • Enormous Penis
  • Kingdom in the Sky
  • Jump in the Line
  • Another Irish Drinking Song
  • Secret Asian Man
  • The Gates
  • I Wish I Were...
  • Internet Porn
  • The Big Chair
  • I Wrote This Song
  • Hot Soup
  • Magic Kingdom

Discography[edit]

  • Bendy's Law
  • The Life and Times of Mike Fanning
  • Brontosaurus

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1994 Da Vinci's Notebook Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes 3rd
1996 Da Vinci's Notebook Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes Won
  • Professional awards include two Wammies (Washington DC local music awards) for "Best A Cappella" group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994 mid-atlantic Regional Winners". Harmony Sweepstakes. 
  2. ^ "A Brief History". 
  3. ^ Rogovoy, Seth (2003-02-18). "Da Vinci's Notebook fills doctor's prescription". Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Ballad of The Sneak". Homestar Runner Wiki. 23 June 2003. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Looking for Da Vinci’s Notebook". 

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