I had two multimedia â€œfirstsâ€? this week.
First #1: I bought a complete album online, the Dave Matthews Band new CD, Stand Up off of the iTunes store. By the way, donâ€™t give me any shit for liking the Dave Matthews Band. Iâ€™m too old to really care what is (or isnâ€™t) hip, and I was listening to them before they caught on with the frat boy crowd. I like â€˜em, so sue me.
Iâ€™ve downloaded some music from â€œless than legalâ€? sources before, but, besides not being quite legal or ethical, I find that it takes way too long and I as often as not end up with a file that isnâ€™t worth listening to. I have bought music with iTunes before, but just a song at a time. This was my first full album, and Iâ€™m not sure I will buy a CD from a store again. Itâ€™s cheaper by a couple of bucks than buying the actual CD, and all I had to do was download it from the iTunes site to my computer and then to my iPod. Easier than going to a store by far.
Okay, not that big of a deal. But still.
First #2: We all saw the 1924 silent film version of Peter Pan Thursday night at the Michigan Theater. A couple of things made this a pretty cool night. For one thing, the Michigan Theater was pretty much sold out for the show. As Russ Collins (the guy who runs the Michigan Theater) said in his introduction to the show, it was probably the biggest crowd to watch a silent film in… well, in a long time, weeks at least. For another, it featured musical accompaniment by the Ann Arbor Symphony, conducted by Gillian â€œnot the one from X-Filesâ€? Anderson. Cool music, too.
On the down-side, the show started late and we didnâ€™t have Will home until about 10 on a school night. Not good parenting. On the up-side, it was pretty cool to see a silent film the way that it would have been shown way back in the day. After all, the Michigan Theater opened in the late 1920â€™s as a silent film theater, and back then, they really would have an orchestra for most of the shows (that and/or the extremely elaborate organ theyâ€™ve got there). Anyway, good music, good show, good experience.
Incidentally, this version of Peter Pan is quite a bit different from the Disney version, which isnâ€™t surprising. I donâ€™t have the time to rehash it all right now, but most of the intertitles (you know, the words that pop up during a silent film) come from J.M. Barrieâ€™s original story, and itâ€™s pretty clear to me where the whole idea of the â€œPeter Pan Syndromeâ€? comes from. Weird stuff.