June 18, 2015 § 1 Comment
How great would it be if the street musicians you see performing in the subway or in busy public areas let you sing with them live-karaoke-style?! (Answer: pretty great!)
Hear me out.
- It wouldn’t work for every musician. It has to be someone who does covers. And they’d have to be fine just playing and singing on their own; it couldn’t hinge on the event of karaoke.
- Live Karaoke is already a thing – a popular and very cool thing. I’ve done it. It was fun.
- The transit system (and the street) are venues where, for performers, engagement is already really low; people aren’t there to hear this band or musician. Defying expectations by engaging a member of the public – both for the person brought temporarily into the band and for casual observers – grabs attention and turns the energy way up by introducing an element of risk. The performance becomes a special event, not just background noise.
That’s all. I think it would be a MAGICAL development in street performing if, occasionally, a performance was built to accommodate (but not dependent upon) the participation of passersby. At the very least, I think some marketing campaign could co-opt this idea to good effect.
What’s your latest good idea? Leave a comment! The world need to know!!!
June 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
That’s my rap name.
Okay. Not really. BUT my rap video did just come out.
You’re saying “WHAT?!”
I know. It’s a little “off brand,” as they say.
Here’s the story: I wrote this rap to be performed live as one of thirty short plays in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind which is an “ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes.” That was back in 2007. This particular plastic monkey had become a motif/recurring character in a number of Neo plays and this was my contribution to the clapping-monkey-play genre. The play was pretty popular amongst the Neos, we did it at Best of, brought it to gigs from time to time, etc. In 2011 we shot the footage for the video and our awesome director, Chris Stocksmith, who was filming it gratis for us, promptly got very busy with work and the video never got made. About two years ago the footage was recovered and only just recently was it finally edited together by the delightful and talented (fellow retired-Neo) Connor Kalista.
June 4, 2015 § Leave a comment
The other day, I found myself googling one of the people in my community. I’d visited the website of a local business to get the phone number and, while I was waiting for the call to go through, saw the full name of one of the delightful employees. So I started Googling.
I’ve done this before. Kind of a lot.
I get fascinated with someone – for any number of reasons – and it just isn’t socially acceptable to start interviewing people with whom you have only a passing acquaintance, you know? So . . . Google.
Two things about this:
- I’ve been surprised by who is easy to google and, conversely, how many folks are really hard to find on the internet. Sometimes it’s just a common name, but more often it seems like a lot of people just don’t show up on the web and that kind of fascinates me.
- It occurred to me to wonder, in my most recent bout of “research,” how normal this is. Do YOU do this kind of Googling?
Then I thought, I can ask people! You! I can ask YOU! But asking for your response in the comments – especially about something like this that might feel embarrassing to have on the record – seemed like not a great way to find out. So . . . (drum roll) . . . I made a SURVEY!! It’s short – only six multiple choice questions – and in a few weeks, I’ll share the results. HERE IS THE LINK!
FUN, right? Or is this just another way that I’m weird . . . ? You can leave your answer to that question in the comments, no survey required. ;)
June 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
The weekend before last, my husband and I found ourselves in the rare position of having an evening to ourselves (the kiddo was asleep early) and enough time to watch an entire movie in one sitting. Hot Damn!
Some quick googling of “best date movies” led us to The One I Love staring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass plus Ted Danson in a small supporting role. It’s currently streaming on Netflix which describes the movie this way:
Confronted with the potential end of their marriage, Ethan and Sophie take off for a weekend together, hoping to negotiate their future. When they reach their idyllic destination, however, the couple strolls into a bizarre new brand of trouble.
We really enjoyed it. I wrote before about another Mark Duplass movie, Safety Not Guaranteed, and what both of these movies have is a kind of eerie magical realism that works really beautifully.
Also, as a recent producer of video content (aka Gemma & The Bear) it was hard not to be impressed with how the movie really only has two actors in it – such a smart way to have room to focus on excellent acting (which The One I Love has in abundance) and great production values.
If you watch it – or if you’ve seen it – leave a comment and let me know what you thought!