SEMI-REGULAR MUSINGS FROM THE SEMI-REGULAR MIND OF WRITER J.M. DeMATTEIS
I Heard that the last surviving Beatle gets the powers of all of themJack
There's a story there somewhere, Jack! : )
Where do you think they got they idea for Highlander?Jack
Ringo will be performing an original song and voice acting in a new POWERPUFF GIRLS special this year.
I thought that was a joke, David...till I looked it up! Very strange.
Very strange...but also pretty cool. My six year old daughter recently discovered POWERPUFF GIRLS on Netflix and we've been watching. Great show. A lot of fun. I can see why he'd be drawn to the project. And my son discovered THE ANDY GRIFFITH show and loves it. What a weird and wonderful age we live in!
Yep. And how nice your kids are open to "old stuff." I raised my kids on classic movies and TV shows...from Frank Capra to the Marx Brothers to THE TWILIGHT ZONE...but some of their friends were very resistant. My daughter had one friend who refused to watch anything if it was black and white!The good news is she eventually grew out of it, but what pop cultural riches that girl missed.
It is nice. This very moment my son is watching ANDY GRIFFITH and my daughter is enjoying the old Fleischer Superman cartoons!I'll be honest, it caught ME by surprise how much I still like THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW. I watched it all the time during the summer when I was kid.
Some mornings I'll catch it while I'm on the treadmill. I love the rich black and white photography, the surprisingly dramatic music (60's TV had the BEST music), the moments of low-key seriousness interspersed with the goofiness. For all it's idyllic TV sheen, it had an honesty at its core that's still evident.
Honesty is the key, isn't it? And the show is bursting with 'it's funny because it's true' moments. The music is indeed great. Maybe it's because radio shows were still a big influence, so they had a deeper appreciation for the ways sound establishes mood. Perhaps the longer TV was the dominant medium, the more they emphasized visuals? Or maybe there was one guy who was mostly responsible for the quality, kind of like Danny Elfman popping up everywhere for a decade.
I think it was just the style of the day. 60's TV music was pretty epic. STAR TREK...TWILIGHT ZONE...even a Western like BONANZA. All of them went big and emotional and moody. They also knew how to do theme songs!
I have very vivid childhood memories of how enthralling those theme songs were!
This talk about old things is weird. When I was a kid I have a distinct memory of having a real interest in older things. Maybe it was because I had older parents or just an innate desire to know about all types of history that exists on a genetic level, but I always remember such things being of interest.Also, I finally got a chance to read Phantom StrangerJack
I was fascinated by the past, too, Jack. Of course, as a kid, things that happened twenty or so years before you were born seemed like dim and ancient history. When I discovered Golden Age comics, it was as if I'd unlocked an ancient Egyptian tomb.
That's no surprise, JMD, considering that 75% of all Golden Age Comics actually featured ancient Egyptian tombs! :)In all seriousness, I know exactly what you mean. In fact, I was always more reverent of the 60s stuff than my parents were. They could remember what did and didn't work for them with TREK, TZ, and Spider-Man. But I naturally assumed that if something had been around that long and was still in circulation, it's ALL good!--David
And, maybe, through a kid's eyes, it all was!