Saturday, December 12, 2009

Foam Fingers only get you to third base.

This Fall Richmond, VA announced a replacement for their Minor League Baseball team that pulled out in 2008, because they wanted a new stadium that the city wouldn't commit to. The replacements announced in late October are called “Flying Squirrels”. Not really the image of a dominate force to be messed with unless they happen to be rabid squirrels.

One of the alternative logos for the team is a giant acorn with a big “R” reminiscent of the letter used by Batman's sidekick. Recently I have enjoyed debating a possible battle cry with anyone who will listen, they mostly end with something about how big their nuts are. Also don't forget the trademarked concession item a cup filled with hot nuts.

I went looking at other Minor League Teams just to see what a Flying Squirrel might have the possibility to dominate. I however, stopped looking when I came across the Winston-Salem “Dash”. From the look of their logo it appears one has found the Alpha Male of all sports logo, and the only thing that beats that is themselves.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mortgage: The Musical

This was a comment my wife made about my Facebook status update. It really is exceptionally good so I thought I would preserve it for the ages.

I don't know why, but Rent seems to have polarizing opinions. Either you really like it or you really hate it. I however fall into the third category, I find the music a little bit catchy and don't mind it, it's no "Fiddler", but I can accept it for what it is. This might be because I am a sucker for the great story ballads of the 70s like Harry Chapin's "Taxi", Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", Don McLean's "American Pie", and a slightly earlier vintage "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" by Arlo Guthrie.

My thoughts today are what about making another musical based on the premise of Rent, where those 20-somethings with the world at their backs, get sucked up with the economic boom of the late 1990s and become the 30-somethings dealing with the setbacks of Bush's America on the cusp of economic collapse. I still have some of the musical lyrics to work out, but I am happy to have such a wonderful collaborator at my side.