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Everything posted by MikeRapp

  1. The newer school stuff is far more story centered. If you don’t know or get the story concept, then the stuff we think is cool will go unnoticed. E=mc2 is a good example of this. The story Crown tells, and how they tell it, makes the ending really pay off. She didn’t seem to have a clue what the story was, so the ending was just what it was.
  2. Tell them good luck with getting their health insurance to pay their medical bills if they get sick. The world ain’t gonna stop because some people can’t come to grips with reality.
  3. I just can’t help myself. Every time I watch this show I have to wipe tears from my face. I think it’s the reality of drum corps, that these kids and the staffs care so much about their shows, and the performances they give. It takes real courage to do a show on this topic, and the arrangements are truly epic. One of the best shows, and performances, ever.
  4. Same. Still think this may be the best “old school” show of all time. In retrospect it symbolized both the best of Cadets, and the turning point of DCI to its modern day iteration.
  5. I would put this in my top 10 of all time. One of the most original scores in DCI history, and fortunately played by one of the best brass lines in Knights history. I was so hoping she would review this show, because really this is the best of what DCI is all about. One of the remarkable things about this show is how big this arrangement is for the horns, it is so demanding, and they just blast the entire thing from beginning to end. That ballad...oof. The arrangement is so beautiful, so unique. I don’t care how many times I watch this show, it always gets me. Always.
  6. When I watch E=mc2 it is striking how big of an impact Carolina Crown has had on DCI in a pretty short period of time. Their shows (with the exception of the past few) are specifically designed to showcase the music arrangements and the story. They set their own bar.
  7. It’s really striking how much show design changed really not that long ago. It’s almost an entirely different activity.
  8. That score lent itself to that sort of performance. Definitely one of the cleanest horn lines ever. I always watch these videos and wish she could hear these performances live, because you honestly just cannot fathom the precision and power of the music unless you are there.
  9. How much would you pay for that jacket.
  10. The Mission is without question one of the seminal movie scores of this or any generation. A true giant of music production.
  11. I think they are expecting to hold onto your cash as long as they can.
  12. Ticketmaster is refusing to refund cancelled concert tickets, claiming these concerts aren’t cancelled but rather to be rescheduled. By the time a class action lawsuit makes it to court, the crisis will be over and they will have kept all that cash for a year.
  13. Seems that we will have several approved vaccines by early 2021.
  14. Seems like this is the only topic folks want and need to discuss right now. Some of us have seriously informative insights and knowledge of the science around this topic.
  15. The top level corps will still have top level talent and experience. It’s the mid level corps that will suffer with fewer kids auditioning.
  16. Same. We have had surprisingly new, high participation in the Thrive cancer study we launched last fall. My wife said they are seeing people come in with serious health conditions and situations due to the fact that no one could see them for three months. One lady had a knee replacement just before the pandemic hit and now it is infected, and must be re-done or she will lose her leg. We will learn from this. But these are hard lessons to learn at this scale.
  17. Kind of interesting, but not surprising, to hear Wayne Downey say he liked the trend away from marching and playing all the time. The new style of DCI is truly a different genre, one that values a lot of things that—ironically—are the opposite of the old Cadets style that they all say inspired them to do what they do. While I am always I awe of a player’s ability to march and play at full power and accuracy, I’d rather hear awesome music than something less, whether it’s while marching or not. Also thought it was interesting that Wayne said its important to understand your talent and (spe