August 15th, 2007

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Basil Poledouris: In His Own Words Part Six

Basil Poledouris may have been who inspired the use of Adagio for Strings in Platoon. That tidbit and more in Basil Poledouris: In His Own Words Part Six, also covering his music for the 1996 Olympics, the movie The War At Home, and the life and death of his father which influenced both works. He also has interesting things to say about The Jungle Book (1994) and that damn creepy Breakdown (1997).

Next week: the musical insanity of Starship Troopers. I'm really looking forward to that segment.
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"It took a day to build this city..."

A little more brainpower's kicked in, so...another post!

A few minutes ago the radio played Sting's "Fortress Around Your Heart." I've always liked that song: for me, it has a kind of epic dreaminess. It came out when I was living in Vienna, VA, where we'd moved early in fifth grade; that town (heck, the whole Northern Virginia/D.C. region) turned out to be a good place for me to figure out "my front end from my ass-end," as I've put it; I had some good growing-up time there, Cold War threat and nuclear-war nightmares notwithstanding. (Which reminds me of Sting's lyric "Mr. Krushchev said we will bury you/ I don't subscribe to this point of view/ Believe me when I say to you/ I hope the Russians love their children too...")

I didn't really realize it at the time, but in the '80s Sting was probably as close to batting .1000, songwriting-wise, as anyone in pop. You agree, crystalsage?

Yay! I'm looking reasonably healthy!

A little time and a little money well spent: I went to a clinic this afternoon to (finally) establish a primary care provider, and to check on the aftermath of my rash that bloomed the day after the wedding. By all signs, the rash was a one-time event, perhaps due to something at the winery (so it's likely not a heat rash), and all that's left of it is some dry skin that I've started lotioning. And it looks like I'm reasonably healthy. I know I need to be in better shape, and "being healthier" is always a good goal, but I'm working from a decent foundation. All 5 foot 7 1/4 inches and 154.6 pounds of me. (I wanted to note that. I haven't had exact height and weight figures for a while...)
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He's Joss Whedon and he approves this shindig (Firefly at the Mission, Week 6)

Joss knows.

Feel good about Firefly at the Mission, folks: Joss Whedon knows about it, and he’s glad to know it’s happening.

That was a tidbit I learned last night while the lot of us (Mike Russell guessed 225 to 250) gathered once again for two more episodes, the life-death-and-marriage drama of “War Stories” and the more comic, robbery-makes-strange-bedfellows story of “Trash.”

Once again the Dark Horse Comics reps (at least one of whom works with Joss directly) were among us, experiencing our energy and helping to feed it. They showed some of the event organizers inked pages from Serenity: Better Days, the upcoming Firefly miniseries that Whedon and Brett Matthews are writing. I just barely glimpsed the pages; The One True b!x completely missed seeing them. (Russell told me to mention that. He used the phrase “kicking himself afterward.” Mr. b!x, you have a chance to respond… (Edit: And Mr. b!x does rebut…So, Mr. Russell, there was a leetle more to this story, hmm?)) The Dark Horse people (Dark Horsers? Certainly not the Dark Horsies…OK, I’ll stop) also provided further prizes for the trivia contest. I’d like to say that I had NOTHING to do with choosing the trivia questions this time, though in my last Firefly entry I inadvertently provided an answer to one…

Cort and Fatboy provided both of the intros (Rick Emerson was unavailable to pimp himself, but we still love him), being themselves in the first and sort-of-kind-of imitating Emerson in the second. (“Coffee…coffee…movie reference…Viso…Scotty J. sucks…”)

Maybe it was a combo of my missing last week plus my being especially tired, but our responses seemed more explosive last night. The laugh lines got (I thought) louder laughs; the moments where Serenity’s crew rub each other the wrong way got (I thought) especially loud “Oooooo”s. Whatever happened, the energy was there and the energy was good. Keep it up.

Other quick tidbits:

* Music! A stereo played songs, both fan-penned filks and official soundtrack stuff (the “Fruity Oaty Bar” jingle!), and some stuff somewhere in between, like Adam “Jayne” Baldwin singing “The Hero of Canton.” (Russell posted a page of links to those songs here.) I won’t yet analyze it, but I like that much of fandom expresses its fan-love through music, and I like that Firefly has had lots of worthwhile music (I keep going back to how terrific I find David Newman’s score for the film).

* Dancing! Mike Russell finally dance the promised dance from last week, and the dance was something very Oktoberfest-ery. He has made it abundantly clear he won’t do that again, which means if there is to be dancing again, we must do it. (Ahem: WE MUST DO IT!) (Yes, I’m suggestin’…We could even do a conga line entering the theatre one of these nights…)

* Newbies! We’ve had Firefly semi-virgins among us, people making their first pass through this story. I hope they’re liking it. And I hope we’re not scaring them. We have a welcoming fandom here, people; keep it open and welcome and good stuff like that!

* Arriving early! It works. I bought a ticket to Live Free or Die Hard – yep, I’m fond of the Die Hard flicks, I make no apologies, not even for the more cartoonish Die Harder – and I wasn’t the only one. More time to relax, more time to eat, more support to the Mission…but it still felt a little like cheating, to get in early like that.

Next week we get a flashback to the war (“The Message”) and the crew of Serenity defending the embattled brothel (“Heart of Gold”) – an episode that brought Melinda Clarke into the Firefly ’verse, which probably delighted several friends of mine…