Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012 08:22 AM
Posted Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:46 PM
I have to agreee with HBM I'm a huge advocate of old rockers. They are what is left of Rock & Roll. The legends will live forever. Every rocker today that is worth 2 cents was heavily influenced by the old rockers. Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, stones, beatles influenced my playing style.The greats will never retire.
Now back to the olympics. Just not a fan. Not to say iit isn't worth watching, but some do enjoy it.
Posted Sun Aug 05, 2012 12:09 AM
Posted Mon Aug 06, 2012 06:46 AM
Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012 05:33 PM
Beijing was, indeed, a spectacle to behold. But it was SO over-the top—so obvious their intention was to "announce their arrival" more than anything. I found the London ceremonies rather "refreshing" and down-to-earth following those opening-ceremonies-on-steroids of Beijing. I enjoyed it very much... was not bored in the least.
As for the Rock and Roll heros in need of retiring? Hee-hee! I have been a Paul McCartney fan since I was like 8 years old. True, he is an "old man" now, and I can recognize and acknowledge that his voice just ain't what is was when I first became a fan. But the man is a legend! His energy shows no signs of flagging. He loves what he does, and as long as he can do it, I will not complain.
Side note: I had to laugh this morning.... a certain news page was commenting on the "obvious left-leanings" of Danny Boyle's production. Some just can't help politicizing even an Olympic Opening Ceremony! I guess they were implying that anything left-leaning is something.... in need of calling out? LOL! It's a compliment—whether intended or not.
Boyle took a big artistic risk and it paid off handsomely - although I'm not sure that his celebration of collective values and institutions, such as the National Health Service, will have been understood all over the world. Nonetheless, for me it was a stunning spectacle.
Re your side note: there was another bonus in the form of a Conservative Member of Parliament, whose one previous claim to fame was attending a Nazi-themed dinner party, denouncing the whole Opening shenanigans as 'leftie multicultural crap'. I'm not sure if the outburst itself or his adolescent political vocabulary caused the odium which descended on him from Conservative High Command but we'll be safe from his malevolent works for some time to come:)
Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012 06:30 PM
Posted Sat Aug 18, 2012 08:24 PM
I didn't grow up in an Anglo culture, so you're all going to excuse me, but I didn't really know most of the musicians who were staged in the show. I did recognize the historic figures though... I thought Kenneth Branagh was superb as usual as Brunel supervising the engineering works, but I wonder if for many on this side of the pond, he resembled a little too much like Abraham Lincoln. Now, please don't shoot me, I thought the Spice Girls conducted themselves with the highest professionalism... After all, stepping on the roof of a moving vehicle while wearing heels of 6 or more inches, is not a task for the faint hearts.
In case you're interested, this is the take of Canadian media on the ceremonies.