Friday, February 10, 2006

Five Ring Circus

Ladies and gentlemen I am here today to warn you about a new menace to relationships everywhere. For the next 16 days a threat so huge is looming that people will be left reeling. Spouses will seemingly vanish for hours if not days at a time. The war over television viewing will escalate as never before as people try to watch their favourite network shows only to find the television has been commandeered for a darker purpose. Fights will break out as conflicting schedules will create conflict as never before.

That's right, it's the Olympics!! An orgasm of patriotism and television viewing on a scale that makes the superbowl organizers absolutely green with envy. It all begins today with a marathon 3 hour broadcast of the opening ceremonies. While I don't usually partake of the sluggish spectacle that is the Olympics, I will likely try to give it a go for one special reason (well, 2 if you really want to be picky). Dave and Wendy Young have struck again!! You may or may not recall my past post about these musical dynamos, but they have done it again.

Dave was invited to compose a piece for the Olympics by Grammy-nominated composer Christopher Hedge. He's collecting performance clips from around the world to be played in a musical collage at Turin's Piazza Solferino before medal ceremonies. I'm hoping that some of it will air on TV but we will have to tune in and see. Four of the Youngs' students are playing french horn as well as Wendy playing soprano sax for a composition of David's for Hedge's The One Project. David and Christopher vacation in the same place in BC and follow each other's work so Hedge was glad to offer David an opportunity. Hopefully they make it as this would be very cool indeed. At the very least the final product will be webcast and the artist names and links will be in the forums as well so more exposure will likely result.

Good luck to the Youngs and the four students chosen to perform for the recording and filming as they take place this weekend and I look forward to seeing the work. Maybe something entertaining will come from the Olympics after all!!


Blogger dan said...

i think i'm going to try and compose a theme for the olympics for when they come to england.

it'll mostly consist of a triangle being struck rapidly.

7:58:00 AM  
Blogger sands of time said...

Why do tv stations all presume that we wamt to watch the olymics over our usual programes.Can't they just show it on one channel.

10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Denny Shane said...

These are the times when I am glad I live alone again!

11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Carol (Smiles and Laughter) said...

I usually get irritated that the olympics are on, then by the end I am enjoying it.

Thanks for reminding me that they're on tonight...maybe I'll make plans to go to the movies...

1:24:00 PM  
Blogger PBS said...

I like watching certain parts of the olympics but hate that some of my favorite TV shows are preempted.

12:20:00 AM  
Blogger mrhaney said...

i watched some of it tonight and i know i will be watching more. i have basic cable and there is so little on t.v. that i really care to watch. i rather be on the computer or listening to talk radio.

1:42:00 AM  
Blogger Le laquet said...

I loved the opening ceremony, but I'm having trouble finding it on the BBC this morning

4:40:00 AM  
Blogger ms. creek said...

the olympics is one of the few times i miss having a tv. i love watching the figure skating, nordic ski jumping, downhill alpine skiing etc. i love the individualized sports that shows true personal athleticism.

12:37:00 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

And here I thought the Super Bowl created Sunday widows. Now we've got the Olympics to contend with, too?

9:20:00 AM  

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