Tony L.

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  1. I feel like I am over Indy. Nice enough venue, but there, but I have run out of things to do. I can't be the only person who feels that way. That might keep that Finals attendance number static as long as it remains in Indy.
  2. 2017 Favorite "Moments"

    For me it is various portions of Cadets (that was something regaedless of how you feel, it was SOMETHING) and that amazing Mandarins performance. Both groups were my favovites and will be the two most watched moving forward. At least from my side.
  3. Cadets 2018

    I am all for the On the Waterfront show. And, interestingly enough, if they were to want to use props, I would recommend they steal the Mandarins short platforms that they used when they did On the Waterfront back in the '90s. Some cool moments with guard running across them. And they were mobile, so not something that would block off a whole part of the field.
  4. Death to the Seat Poachers

    Wow. We were constantly harassed.
  5. Death to the Seat Poachers

    In the Friends section, they were borderline obnoxious asking to see the ticket. It's like I have already shown you the ticket 5 times! Is it too much to remember me in one small section? During finals I avoided the issue by tagging myself with the ticket to avoid interrogation!
  6. Cadets 2017

    Well I appreciate this forum more now: I feel like a youngster! My first live show was 1988 (and it was an amazing lineup that included Madison, SCV, Phantom, Cavaliers and Spirit). But, I know the importance of history, so I bought and watched/listened to the entire Legacy Collection DVD and CD collection. You have to know where you've been to know where you are going. And some things like the great hornlines at Argonne Rebels, or the Tiger of San Pedro year or the Colts old riverboat gambler uniforms are just gems that must be witnessed and remembered! And to tie it back to this thread, by watching the stuff that came before the Cadets took over in the '80s helps explain why they were as unique and different as they were.
  7. Cadets 2017

    So, as this thread comes to a close I will just say that after finally seeing the show live in Indy, I appreciate it so much more. It truly was like (as someone earlier in this thread had said) an epic movie. Like a big Cecil B. DeMille spectacle. You may not have liked it, but it was definitely a unique experience. One that will be remembered for years to come. At the end of the day all I care about is how a show connects with me. And this connected with me and many others. The Cadets will be fine. Next year should be a great full presentation of music from On the Waterfront and then they can close out the trilogy with something like Kadish, Age of Anxiety or Jeremiah. That is when they will be back in the discussion for medals. Time will tell. But for now just enjoy the positive ending to this season and keep it going.
  8. Cadets 2017

    Hooray. 1000 pages. Amazing year of kvetching!
  9. Cadets 2017

    Oh, one final comment about the show. I feel they would pick up about .5 by simply cutting that insipid "Can I get an Amen!" line. At that point the sinning has insued, so a token throw away line that is somehow supposed to invoke a Southern African American church element really just does not work on soooooo many levels. Worst element of the show in my opinion.
  10. Cadets 2017

    I have to agree with the comments about these performers really selling a VERY different show. And that should be lauded. And in my opinion, that commitment to this type of program by the performers will yield results. I really do liken this show to 1991. A bit of an odd ball show, but one that showed a spark of something new and different. I think it will grow next year when they do something like On the Waterfront and will ultimately pay dived ends with The Age of Anxiety and Jeremiah Symphony. They will be fine. But the creators need to be able to create. We shall see!
  11. Santa Clara Alumni Corps

    Completely agree. My friend got tired of waiting through everything and wanted to leave. I said, great, you remember the way back to the hotel! No way I was going to miss them. And they really delivered! Especially nice touch with the young girls joining the guard during the Fiddler portion. Helps us connect the dots from the older generations to the next. Also really cool response to Appalachian Spring by all of the age outs on the end zone. Much respect shown!
  12. Mandarins! Wow. Favorite show this year!
  13. Great run by Pacific Crest! And I finally understand the show: it is about California seceding from the USA. Brilliant!
  14. Cadets 2017

    So at long last I am FINALLY going to see this show live tomorrow. Don't you hate it when your work interferes with the DCI schedule! But, since this has been the one show that I have been clamoring for the Cadets to do for soooooo long (just check my prior Mass posts over the years), I am really looking forward to it. Is it perfect? No. Of course it isn't because they did not bring me on as a consultant! But, is it something that has some great moments that are unlike anything else out there? Yes. And that needs to be celebrated regardless of what number is assigned. After enough years following the activity, I have learned the lesson that the final results matter very little. What matters is what a show makes one feel as the viewer. One can appreciate a great performance, but what one remembers most is how a show connects and makes one feel. That is all that matters. So I willl fly to Indy tomorrow and prepare for my favorite corps to perform excerpts from one of my favorite works and I will just let it be. I hope everyone else will just wait until the season is actually over to perform the post mortem. Until then, ENJOY!
  15. Cadets 2017

    One of my biggest misses from the show is the use of "God Said" at the point they do. Starting a show that is about to beat you over the head with crosses (without any other moments of criticism/humor) should not begin with the key line "Godd @&# good!" I had hoped they would have played with speakers and use of the field a la Bluecoats to capture the actual beginning of the original work. Something thwy could have used throughout as well. Oh, there is more. But those are the ones that occur to me based on the discussion earlier in the thread.