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  1. runyancm

    Carolina Crown 2018

    This is interesting to me. Some folks clearly see them as rib cages, as in a boneyard, but many others don't see that, and are distracted by it. Something about the design does not work, if that many people don't see (assuming the rib cage interpretation is correct). But it's obviously a distraction to many, I just don't see it that way. And it's funny you bring up the trees. I did not get that until I read it on here. Probably would have gotten there eventually, but certainly did not right away. And I don't really care for how the design of the beach prop differs so much in style from tree props, but it does not keep me from enjoying the show.
  2. runyancm

    Carolina Crown 2018

    I agree with Cavies surging back, BAC on the move, and Bloo/BD/SCV maintaining excellence, the competition is toit!
  3. runyancm

    Carolina Crown 2018

    Could not agree more, and I have reached that point, too.
  4. runyancm

    Carolina Crown 2018

    I don't know. Last year was pretty heated, and 2014 was, too. Even 2016 got heated because of the change to the ending. But the tone here is not near as bad as the show threads. Brutal.
  5. runyancm

    Carolina Crown 2018

    This is what I always what I told myself that year. While I enjoyed OOTW very much, I recognized that it's design was not championship material, and if there was a time to have an off year design-wise, it was 2014 given what BD was bringing both in design and performance. Loved that show, too. Also, I don't recall what they watered down in the brass book. I'll have to see if I can find some old videos.
  6. runyancm

    Carolina Crown 2018

    Okay, back to the show. It's taken a little time, but it usually does for me. I am started to get more excited about this show as I develop an interpretation that works for me. It's not fully formed, but it's a start. I must admit, with the amount of snark and bad mojo in this thread, I am a bit reluctant, but what the hell. Opening statement: A beastly proclamation of dominance. Whatever, it's Crown playing Bruckner so I'm sold. Second movement: I view this as a hunt. I get the sense of lurking, prowling, looking for prey. Lots of fits and starts (pouncing), eventually with a successful kill/capture. Ballad: This took me a bit, but when I read the lyrics, it occurred to me that the song is about fear of trusting someone, similar to how an animal is fearful of trusting anyone, especially humans. They may feel a pull to connect, but their instincts are telling them they will be hurt, so they are resistant. I think the arrangement works well with this concept, and appears to suggest a connection made, but with a bit of foreshadowed doom at that end. Second half I am a little fuzzier on, I do think that there is some sort of competition, perhaps a challenge of the earlier stated dominance, and than a ritual of some kind. I am baffled by the closer right now, to be honest. Like I said, not a fully formed interpretation. Frankly, I doubt the closer if fully formed, either. As for the props, I simply see the bones as set pieces, and I am not bothered by that like many others are. Frankly, I find restaging of props distracting. For Nessie, I don't think there is any magic here. Seems to be part of the ritual aspect, I think it goes well with the Newman piece. It does not bother me too much if that is all there is to it, because it's an effective set piece when it is not being used (vs trampolines). Anyway, that is what I have so far. It's amazing how much more you can enjoy a show when you can find a context that works for you. I am buying much more of it now than I was two weeks ago. Looking forward to see how it develops.
  7. runyancm

    Flo still sucks!

    Glad it worked for you guys. I was at a hotel too, and even brought my Roku so I could watch the shows, but hotel wireless was awful and picture was terribly pixelated. Finally I tethered the Roku to my phone and had to use my mobile data plan. That worked out fine except for the 2GB of data it took up. But net is I think Flo was fine. Sound was iffy but not enough to get worked up. I still get to see drum corps throughout the season. Hope I have not jinxed myself for next week.
  8. runyancm

    Carolina Crown 2018

    So I never love a show in June, but I am pretty excited about the potential here. Hard not to be after the rockin' closer. A few quick observations That appears to be an exciting and hard working color guard. Very excited about that. I will be worried about the members on, and under, the rocking platform all season I anticipate Emperor Joseph II to make several appearances on this thread. They won't be wrong, I just don't care that much as long as it's played cleanly. I fully expect the ballad to grow on me over the season and with live viewing. If not, there are plenty of other cool things going on. Gonna be a fun year.
  9. runyancm

    Cadets 2018

    This is a great image. I imagine this is towards the end of the day, and you can see the resilience, commitment, and determination, perhaps through some exhaustion, in those faces. I would add grit, toughness, and pride. God, I love this activity. Great picture.
  10. runyancm

    Blue Devils 2018

    I see what you did there. Well done.
  11. runyancm

    2018 Uniforms!

    Difficult to say. Oddly enough, during this same 10 year period, the champ won the visual caption 60% of the time, but won the music caption 70% of the time. However, I did notice that there seems to be more of a correlation between visual caption dominance and GE Visual, then there is between Music caption dominance and Music GE. Over the last 10 years, the visual caption winner (BD every year, they are machines) also wins GE Vis 80% of the time, but the music caption winner only wins music GE 50% of the time. And the variability in placement between GE Vis and Vis Caption is much lower compared to the music side. For example, if a corps places 1st in GE Vis, they will place 1 or 2 in Visual Caption. But same cannot be said for Music (ie, CC won GE Vis twice but placed 3rd in Music. One year BD tied for 1st in Music, and placed 4th in Music GE). Could suggest that committing to a strong visual program is more likely to drag GE points. This supports your argument that uniform design matters. Either way, clearly, I am having trouble sleeping tonight.
  12. Just need one or two in 100 or 200 level.
  13. runyancm

    2018 Uniforms!

    I think that by the 22nd century, memes and gifs will replace the use of written words in general. It's starting to creep into my work email, too. Jeez, can you imagine show designs by then. Thank God I won't be here for that.
  14. runyancm

    Carolina Crown 2018

    "There is still good in you. I can feel it." Sorry, I watched the last 30 min of The Last Jedi last night. I actually wish I could join you. I still prefer the clean, sharp look of a more classic uniform, and that appears to be dying off. I actually thought Crown 2017 uniform was cool. I find the more costume driven designs distracting. I don't get too worked up about it, just my preference. Another thing I think of is that when I was younger, I always thought the members in the classic uniforms looked pretty cool, even when off the field. Like when an individual MM would come up in the stands to watch the rest of the show with their family, or MMs interacting with the public at parades. There was a certain pride in repping the corps by wearing the uniform. It's hard for me to believe that I would have the same reaction in these types of costumes. I would like to know what the current members think of this year's uniform. Does Gen Z dig the more elaborate designs?
  15. runyancm

    Live Stream Schedule

    Is this right? Or are the $90 and $60 inverted? I am showing $30/month for two months, so $60 if you cancel after championships, saving $90 against full year. I signed up now since I will be attending championships.