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This here? It’s a lullaby.

Posted by Mick on February 6, 2010 – 10:47 pm

Here comes the sandman
With a pocket fulla sleep dirt
He’s not a bad man not as bad as he seems
and he’ll get you dreaming your baby dreams
He’ll get you dreamin’ your dreams.

Saturday night, and what am I doing?  Scheming and planning.  Oh yes, scheming and planning.

In between the scheming and the planning I’m reveling.  Reveling in my day.

It’s cyclical.  First, I scheme.  Then I revel.  Then I plan.  A bit more reveling, and then the scheming begins anew.  That cycle continues a few times.  At a certain point, the words begin to flow.  It’s a wonderful system.

It’s been a damn fine day.  Spent a few hours with a friend watching a video nasty (I don’t even remember the name, because we were talking through most of it) and getting caught up.  He’s one of my best friends in the world, and life being what it is, we don’t see each other nearly enough anymore.

After that, I spent a wonderful afternoon with my wife.  We went for a walk around the neighborhood, checking out the menu on a strange new restaurant that I’m not sure I want to try.  Looking at the menu I think they’re trying to do too much, too gimmicky, and not going to be really good at any of it.  They say first impressions are everything, and my first impression didn’t make me seek out a second.  Prediction: 6 months, a year tops, and the place is for lease again.

After that, we wandered around looking at all of the office buildings hidden behind the strip mall.  They’re tucked in the back, almost hidden by the strip mall in the front and a large restaurant/yuppie singles bar on the side.  Since I’ve never had a reason to go back there, I really don’t know what’s back there.  Today, I decided I couldn’t wait any longer.  They’re kinda awesome, I wouldn’t mind having an office there – some of them have awesome covered balconies.  We did see one office that appears to do lap band surgery.  Which I would have expected to see in more of a medical office environment instead of hidden behind a strip mall.  Don’t you have to go to a hospital to have that surgery?  I think something shady might be going on here.  I wonder if there’s been a rash of disappearances lately among the morbidly obese?  Are we dealing with a serial killer?  Or is it a mad scientist?

Or maybe I just have an overactive imagination.  I maintain that my way is more fun, and isn’t that what it’s all about?

The rest of the afternoon was devoted to snuggle time.

It was a perfect day, following a week of sickness and dissatisfaction with how long it’s going to take me to effect a change in my career.  Today, I was reminded that none of that matters.  Work is work, and it’s a means to an end.  It’s not the goal.  I’ve reached the goal.  I’m the luckiest man in the world because I’m married to a woman I love madly, who loves me madly, and who shares my geekitude.  Plus she’s snugly.  I’ve got some really amazing friends.  Less complaining, more enjoying.  This path leads to happiness.  Happiness is the goal.

And now I’m listening to the Stingray Sam soundtrack.  If you haven’t seen Stingray Sam, you have to.  I can’t stress this enough.  I rarely push you this hard.  Think about it… how often to I get this insistent?

Stingray Sam is the the work of Cory McAbee, a man who is an amazingly creative writer, an excellent performer, and a bit of a maverick when it comes to distribution.  It’s a sci-movie.  It’s a musical.  It’s a western.  And it’s a serial.  Instead of presenting it as a feature length film, he presents it as 6 short films.  The opening song (and yes, it plays before each episode) explains Sam quite well.  Stingray Sam is not a hero, but he does do the things that folks don’t do that need to be done.  It’s beautifully shot in black and white, with animated sections that are in color.  And narrated by David Hyde Pierce.  Each episode features a musical number.  And they’re all different in style.  It’s a tour de force, seriously.  It’s not quite Hedwig, but it’s damn close.

And instead of getting all tied up with some distribution deal that sucks all of the money away from the creative talent and into the pockets of our corporate overlords, Cory decided to self distribute.  You can’t see it in theaters. Well, I did, sure.  And you might, it does tour occasionally.  Instead, he sells it himself on his own website.  You have several choices.  If you want the DVD, and you might, it’s nicely packaged, he’ll ship that to you, but he’ll also let you download a digital copy immediately.  When I downloaded it (yes, I saw it in a theater and I bought it anyway because it’s awesome and I believe in supporting the artist don’t you) I realized he had included a high res version to play on your television and a low res version for your hand held media device.  The joy and security of a physical copy, plus instant gratification, plus multiple formats, $18, how can you go wrong?  You can’t.  You’ve got my personal guarantee.  And if you don’t want the DVD, you can save a few bucks and get just the download.  For $8, get the iPod version by itself.

This is the musical number from the 5th episode.  Stingray Sam and his partner have rescued a little girl from her kidnappers, and are taking her back to her father.  She’s a little freaked out by the whole thing, so they’re playing her a lullaby.  Listen to the harmonies.  Listen to the melody.  Listen to the lyrics.  Listen to it 4 or 5 or 11 times.  Seriously, because I’m doing that and if you do it too it makes it just a little less weird.

If you’re still interested, this is an authorized release of the first episode.  It’s 11 minutes long, so it’s cool if you want to bookmark it and look at it later.

So that’s it.  Since I didn’t have a sponsor today, I decided to donate a sponsorship to Stingray Sam.  I think the film is brilliant, and I love the idea of an artist keeping this much control of their art by rewriting the game as he goes along.  How’s this for a tag line – I believe in the art, and I believe in the artist.

On second thought, forget that.  It’s cheesy.  If only I had some way to take it back.  But you can’t re-write the past.  All we can do now is move on.

Buy the movie today.  Whatever today may be.  You’ll be glad you did.

In other news, I saw a photograph today that I just had to share with you.  This was taken by Jesse Drohen, who is actually one of my former students.  In addition to being a routing god and a beer enthusiast, Jesse is also an amateur photographer.  I don’t know photography, but I think the boy has an excellent eye.  Check out this pic of the giant star in front of the Bob Bullock museum.

And with that, I’m going to close this for tonight.  I hope to spend tomorrow writing, both some script work and a review of The Holy Deuce.  For now, it’s back to scheming.  I am very close to making a decision on the future of CyberMonkeyDeathSquad.  I’ll let you know in a day or two.  I am open to suggestions, by the way.

Be good to each other.

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