August 7th, 2002

ian

Artsplash 2002

A new day dawned, although before it did, I had to get up to let a cat out at half past three. they hide, you know. You would think they were out, but they hide.
Anyway, when we got to the real waking up time, I struggled but eventually got up. David was the first boy to get up, and he started watching LOTR before his brothers were up...
Anyway, the day progressed, with lots more Accord things happening at work, before lunch (a chicken sandwich) and after.
But the main thing to talk about it the Artsplash concert Christopher was singing in tonight. The others have taken part in it in previous years.
Chris was in the choir, which is 800 strong and draws from schools all over the region. Key events included the following, which show how much school concerts have changed since I took any part in them, as performer or peer.
A medley of film music - starting with the 20th Century Fox fanfare, then Mission Impossible, James Bond, Star Wars, Pink Panther and a couple of others
Then a Dave Brubeck medley, rather predictably including Take Five.
Then Cantina Band, the extremely fine piece of jazz from SW:ANH, which I had never heard performed live before.
The Skye Boat Song, with bagpipes. I don't like bagpipes. And Wellington's best pipers are in Edinburgh at the moment anyhow.
A rock band, playing Led Zeppelin's Good times, Bad Times. They didn't have rock bands in school concerts when I was at school, not even a little bit.
A rapper duet. They DEFINITELY didn't have rap bands in school concerts when I was at school, not even the tiniest little bit.
A rock band, playing Led Zeppelin's Good times, Bad Times. They didn't have rappers in school concerts when I was at school, not even the tiniest little bit. I was disappointed by this. The standard of the rest of the show was excellent. I don't like rap, but I will acknowledge quality even in those things I don't much like. Unfortunately, this wasn't so good.
The theme from "Fame". "Six Months In a Leaky Boat." That's about it.
On our way back to the car, I saw and talked briefly to Ron H, who I haven't seen to talk to since I was at Countrywide. Hopefully we'll catch up soon to talk longer.
And so we spent longer in the queue to leave the car park than the rest of the journey home. Tell me again why I usually catch the train?