One Viz More: This dog staring miserably at a pie has nothing to do with Les Misérables whatsoever.

One Viz More: Les Miz Vibes @ TC-ish 2020

With many virtual events this year – some nice, some awful, and some never to be mentioned again – I will admit I was a bit apprehensive regarding #DATA20. A virtual TC seemed inconceivable to me.

But BOY, did Tableau excel! Tableau Conference-ish 2020 was a fantastic experience all around. Big, BIG Kudos to the community team at Tableau who gave their all to make this the highlight of our virtual year 2020, and to recreate as much of the #DataFam feeling as they could.

There are many things to gush about because TC-ish was pure brilliance – the braindates, the fireside chats, the keynotes, the sessions, the virtual photo booth, and not to forget the many Happy Hours, watch parties, and Emily Kund’s Data Night Out. But you know me: if I get excited, it’s about alpacas or music. And there were no alpacas. (Alright, alpacas are the one thing that could’ve made TC-ish even better.)

A Heart Full Of Love

I am a big fan of musical theater. In fact, when I was sixteen, that was my first real career goal: study to become a musical actress. (I guess there’s no need to tell you that didn’t work out for me.) Ever since I was introduced to the 25th anniversary concert of Les Misérables, I basically know the whole musical by heart. So my heart was absolutely full of love when those first few notes of the Act I Finale were played. Tableau proceeded to give us a marvelous rendition of “One Day More”, with fitting lyrics and fabulous performances by a number of highly talented and motivated Tableau people.

After seeing that, I knew that I was definitely going to respond. After tweeting my own rendition of “Do You Hear The People Sing”, Scott Briggs countered with an amazing version of “Stars”. I continued with “In My Life” and “Valjean’s Death” and finally, after prompting from Chris McClellan, uploaded Gavroche’s brief sung remarks to “Stars”.

Why am I telling you that? Well, I curated all the adapted lyrics below and included links to the videos, so that you may dive into them, in case you missed these before. Enjoy!

One Viz More

Formerly known as “One Day More”, finale of Act I.

There is no video publically available anymore unfortunately, so I won’t post the lyrics here either. You’ll have to believe me when I tell you that it was absolutely divine.

Do You Hear The People Sing?

Do you hear the people sing,
Singing to the #DataFam?
It is the music of community

When COVID keeps us apart,
We connect virtually from home.
Family feeling all around,
We love you Tableau.

We love Tableau!


Formerly known as “Stars”, sung by Javert. This brilliance comes from the mind and musical talent of Scott Briggs.

Charts in your multitudes
Scarce to be counted
Filling the darkness
With order and light!
You are the sentinels
Silent and sure
Showing truth in plain sight
Showing truth in plain sight

You know your place in the cloud
You hold your course and your aim
And each overnight you update and update
And are never the same
And if you fall as Lucifer fell
Who broke the chain?

And so it has been, and so it is written
In the fields that we calculate
And those who edit and those who break
Must pay the price

Instrumental shout-out to the #DataFam
Key change

Lord, let me find him
That I may see him
Fix his own bugs
I will never rest ’til then
This I swear
This I swear by the charts!

Heidi’s TC-ish

Formerly known as “Valjean’s Death”.

Alone I sit at my notebook
Been sixty hours since I last slept
Watched keynotes, braindates, happy hours –
Now one more talk on Tableau Prep

Alone in bizjamas and flip flops
Attending TC-ish from home
I overload my brain with content
So. Much. Content.

With Tableau I make the data dance
Showing insights at a glance
Bars and lines, Gantts and pies
Analyze with my eyes
In Tableau
In Tableau


Formerly known as “In My Life”.

So great that TC-ish is here at last
It’s late but I’m still gonna watch one more broadcast
Deep dive into all things Tableau
Connecting with the #DataFam
Going global right from home
Yes, data is my jam!

With your keynotes and braindates
And doctors and Vizzies and more
Meeting friends from Seattle to Auckland
Without stepping outside my door

And I viz
All the data I long to see
Run the biz
With the insights right there, waiting for me

Tableau this, Tableau that
Tableau all ’round the clock
Forget food, forget sleep
Remember to walk the dog

I’m no longer alone
‘Cause the Tableau #DataFam is here
Let’s do this again
Same time next year

Charts (Encore)

Formerly known as that last part in “Stars” after Javert’s big ballad, when Gavroche steps out of the shadows and sings his own verse. This comes as a special dedication to Chris McClellan who challenged me to wrap my “for the love of God, NEVER create a pie chart with 250 slices” quote from my session “Set It Up” in a LesMiz song.

For the love of God, please do not
Think there’s ever an excuse
To create pie charts with two hundred
Fifty slices – they’re no use!
Five’s the max
Best would be
To have only two or three

I hope you enjoyed reading and re-watching this as much as I (and I’m sure Scott and the Tableau cast, as well) enjoyed writing the new lyrics and recording everything. 🙂

And no, the dog staring miserably at a pie has nothing to do with Les Misérables whatsoever. It was simply one of the photos to turn up when you search for “miserable” on Unsplash, and I’ve been told that dog photos improve click rates, so here we are.