Posts Tagged ‘Edith Orenstein’

Miscellany — interesting items that caught my eye during the week.

Francine McKenna is the dean of the accounting bloggers with her re: The Auditors blog.  She never disappoints.  Her comments in “More Sarbanes-Oxley Anniversary Thoughts, ” should be read.

Mark Holtzman, Accounting Department chair at Seton Hall, is an exceptional example of today’s social media enabled professor.  He has three blogs, a twitter feed and a YouTube channel.  Wow.  You don’t want to miss the essay I asked him to write, “Rise and Fall of the Gatekeepers -or- Why I Blog.”  I write more on this later.

Edith Orenstein, FEI Financial Reporting Blog, has published her thoughts following a blogging panel at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting earlier this week.  Please read, “What Catanach, Albrecht, Holtzman and I Had to Say at AAA.”

Rick Broida at PCWorld writes, “Save a Web Page as a PDF with Just One Click.” He recommends Web2PDF. It’s handy.

Bob Jensen (retired professor from Trinity U) writes, “As the textbook purchasing season begins, I noticed that Amazon.com has free two-day shipping for college students.  I did not investigate the terms and limitations of this offer or whether it applies to used books and food items as well as new books.”  I’ll be sure to e-mail my students about this.  Why don’t you?

Some of you might like, “Top 100 Motivational Quotes of All Time!”  Any more, I need motivation to get out of bed in the morning.

Debit and credit – – David Albrecht

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Edith Orenstein, who authors the FEI Blog, has collaborated with singer Steven Zelin (Singing CPA) in a slick production of “Hey There Bob Pozen.”  It is their second collaborative project.

“Hey There Bob Pozen” is timed to coincide with the third anniversary of the release of the Pozen Committee report (August 1, 2008), formally called Final Report of the SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting (CIFiR).

“Hey There Bob Pozen” was written by Edith Orenstein.  It is sung by Steven Zelin, with background vocal by Orenstein.  The song was recorded in the studio studio of Rob Taube, and the video was shot and edited by Glenora (Glennie) Blackshire.

“Hey There Bob Posen” is a well done music video.  It’s refreshing to see a professional production of an accounting song.  Edith, I can’t wait for your next song, and Steven, I can’t wait to hear more of your singing.

Edith Orenstein has this to say about her song:


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Steve Zelin, “The Singing CPA“, and Edith Orenstein, FEI Blog editor, combined to sing, “If I Were An Auditor.”  It looked like they had a lot of fun, more fun that accountants ordinarily have.  So, I sent each a few questions to find out more about their experience.  In this blog post I first interview Steve, then I interview Edith.

Interview with Steven Zelin

Steven Zelin - The Singing CPA

Steven, can you share a little about how you learned to sing, etc.

I sang in the chorus in 6th grade while growing up in brooklyn, new york. I also did a lot of singing at summer camp. I taught myself guitar in high school and in college I took a lot of music courses and started writing my own songs. When I began my career at pricewaterhousecoopers, my work life started to creep into my songwriting.


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Debuting on Feb. 10, 2010 (in time for Valentine’s Day), “If I Were an Auditor” tells the story the story of two auditors who view their relationship through the lens of certain accounting and auditing-related concepts.

The idea for the video and song parody lyrics was developed by Edith Orenstein, author of the FEI Financial Reporting Blog.  The video was produced by the Maryland Association of CPAs.

The song is a parody of “If I were a carpenter”, a hit folk song of many decades ago.  This duet is sung by Steven Zelin, the singing CPA, and Edith Orenstein.  It is available for I-tunes download.

Several financial and accounting bloggers appeared in the video, including me.  It was a great time.  Mostly I was just there to look good, which is all I wanted.  Don’t you know any good wedding needs rice throwers?  Although I don’t get over to Second Life enough, it really is cool.

Coming later this week to The Summa will be interviews with the video’s singers:  Steven Zelin and Edith Orenstein.

Other interesting stories on the video are, “A-list of accounting bloggers visit CPA Island to film music video” and “Accounting music video launches in time for holiday” and CFO’s “Would you marry and auditor” and “A Little Valentine’s Day Accounting Humor & Playing on Second Life” and “Auditors in Love“.

Professor David Albrecht appearing in "If I Were An Auditor"

Avatars for Edith Orenstein and Steven Zelin singing "If I Were An Auditor"

Singing at the altar in "If I Were An Auditor"

Debit and credit – – David Albrecht

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(Feb. 10, 2010) “If I Were an Auditor” – a song parody of “If I Were a Carpenter” – is the first ‘music video’ about accounting performed in the virtual world of Second Life.

Making its worldwide debut in the FEI Financial Reporting Blog on Feb. 10, 2010 (in time for Valentine’s Day), “If I Were an Auditor” tells the story the story of two auditors (would-be auditors) who view their relationship through the lens of certain accounting and auditing-related concepts. The idea for the video and song parody lyrics were developed by Edith Orenstein, author of the FEI Financial Reporting Blog.

The Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA), creator of CPA Island in Second Life, served as Producer of “If I Were an Auditor.” MACPA is a leading force in using new technologies for delivering continuing education programs and networking opportunities to CPAs. MACPA’s innovative CEO, Tom Hood was named to Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for 2009, and is a former chair of the CPA State Executives Association.

The MACPA Production team, including staff and interns, provided the cast members of “If I Were an Auditor” with ‘basic training’ in use of Second Life (e.g., creating an avatar, outfitting the avatar, walking, sitting, standing). Filming of the Second Life production took place at MACPA’s headquarters in Towson, MD, with an ensemble cast of bloggers participating online in Second Life from various locations in the U.S. and Canada.

With MACPA lined up as Producer of “If I Were an Auditor,” Orenstein signed on Steven Zelin, “The Singing CPA,” as Musical Co-Director. Zelin, a CPA and professional singer-songwriter, was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in April, 2008 (“Why Tax Day Makes Mr. Zelin Want to Sing”).  As musical co-director, Zelin performs on “If I Were an Auditor,” advised on improvements to the song, and arranged the audio recording session at Rob Taube Words and Music in Brooklyn, NY.

An eclectic ensemble cast, “The MACPA Players & Blogger Friends,” was then formed, featuring A-list bloggers and MACPA staff. (Additional bloggers had scheduling conflicts precluding them from participating in the production, but provided moral support to their colleagues in their ‘acting’ debut.)

Here is the list of cast and crew:


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