A quick second post today for the eternal search for cheaper ways to game. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is now $35 on Amazon. This is a great deal on a recent release and does not reflect on the quality of the game, which is excellent. Also, if you pre-order Gears of War on Amazon they will give you $20 in credit to be applied to future purchases. Conversely there is something to be said for waiting to buy some games until after the holiday season with those gift certificates for even better discounts since there are going to be so many first tier game releases this fall. So fire up the credit cards and game on.
For each of our daughter’s birthdays, my wife and I started the tradition a few years ago of allowing each of them to pick where they want to go out to eat for dinner. In the past, there choices have not been restaurants, but places like Monkey Joe’s where they can jump around on various blow up contraptions and slides while parents must sit on a bench waiting for them to tire out while other screaming kids whiz by, stopping by to check on their parents to refill on cheap pizza and sugar drinks. The kids absolutely love it, but it’s a less than ideal way to share the joy of your child’s birth.
It’s created and produced by many of the same people who created Bugs Bunny Does Broadway almost twenty years ago. You know you’re getting old when a retrospective concert on long cherished media is now also old in itself. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony is wonderfully created and conducted by George Daugherty who serves up a great commentary on each piece and the history behind the creation of all the music performed.
Of particular interest to St. Louis is the history of Carl W. Stalling, born and raised in Lexington, MO, who arranged and produced the music on nearly every Looney Tunes cartoon. Stalling started at his local theatre at 12, playing the pipe organ, and before too long was working at the Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis (called St. Louis Theatre back then). He was soon wooed away from St. Louis to play the organ for the Newman Theatre in Kansas City where he came to the attention of Walt Disney. Disney took him to Los Angeles where Stalling created the music for some early Disney cartoons. Stalling left Disney to join Warner Brothers where he showcased some of the days contemporary music in short cartoons people viewed before movies. Daugherty, the conductor, described it best as the “MTV of it’s day.” Through his work at Warner Brothers Stalling met the conductor/violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, the parents of Leonard Slatkin, famous conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
I go on about the history only because if you are a fan of Looney Tunes at all, you will absolutely love this show. Our kids were visibly nervous when they played the first song without any video playing but after that when the cartoons started rolling with the orchestra providing the full score they were totally enthralled. And since the original Bugs Bunny on Broadway, Warner Brothers has acquired Hanna Barbara, thus allowing Daugherty to showcase popular cartoons like Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, and Tom and Jerry. The last song before the encore is the best by far and one of my favorite Bugs cartoons of all time, ‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ (a close second is ‘The Rabbit of Seville’ which is done in the first act).
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony was a joy to attend, and, oh yeah, your kids will love it too.
It arrives September 20th from Road Runner Records. There’s a great review here and one of the new tracks below.
“To celebrate Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday, we are streaming a continuos version of Queen’s legendary 1986 concert at Wembley Stadium.”
1. One Vision
2. Tie Your Mother Down
3. In the Lap of the Gods
4. Seven Seas of Rhye
5. A Kind of Magic
6. Another One Bites the Dust
7. Who Wants To Live Forever
8. I Want to Break Free
10. Brighton Rock
11. Now I’m Here
12. Love of My Life
13. Is This the World We Created
14. Bohemian Rhapsody
15. Hammer To Fall
16. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
17. Radio Ga Ga
18. We Will Rock You
19. Friends Will Be Friends
20. We Are the Champions
21. God Save the Queen
The Sword will take you back to the late 70’s/early 80’s with their style of heavy metal. Their second album, Gods of the Earth, contains songs primarily based on the Game of Throne series: