The Nitty Gritty

But more than all of those I am an entertainer. I carry around a ukulele with me for the same reason a gangster carries a gun; better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Stage or sidewalk, Your Pal Pete shows are just where they happen.
Currently, I'm working on a musical, RagnaPOP(or she's got the bomb), set to premiere at this year's Capital Fringe Festival. I'm also working on music, comedy, and musical comedy; for kids and/or adults.
The fruit of these projects will be available on this site, so check back regularly!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What I've learned... about Pop Culture

I put in a post a little while ago saying that Pop Culture is a whore running at the speed of light, if you try to chase it you'll die of exhaustion; the best you can hope for is that it runs you over. This is far from the only lesson I've learned all this absorption of everything Pop.

The more non-creative people are involved in a creative process the more likely it will suckle on the hind teat of mediocrity. You realize that when you hear about a movie, TV show, whatever coming out and seems like a bad idea, it's a bad idea dozens of people had to agree on to put it in front of you.

That being said, some of the most horrendous things ever created in movie (Travolta's Battlefield Earth,Kevin Costner's The Postman, Marah Carey's Glitter), and music (Garth Brooks' Chris Gaines experiment, and does anyone think the new Guns 'n Roses will be any good?) happened when an artist's success creates more "yes" men than "No" men and they fall head-first into the THE REALM OF THE ILL-ADVISED!. Not even your credibility can escape!
But with out this, the world would be without the amazing "Trapped in the Closet" Video.

If you've never seen this, this is only part 1-5; it goes up to 12 parts!

When an musical artist says they're retiring or playing for the last time, we need that in writing. It would be reassuring to know if Celene Dion retires, we could sue her if she changes her mind.

If you're a band, be careful what you record. In a story that echoes through the stories of MANY one-hit wonders: In 1969 the band that was to be known as Steam was recording the b-side of their debut single. They chose an old throwaway song and purposefully recorded it specifically so to make unlistenable and not take away from the A side. The B-side? "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" as in, everybody now! "Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye" The A-side? Exactly.

More Later

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love the video! I laughed so hard the first time you played it for Shawn and me. How utterly ridiculous it is!