A New Kind of Patriot: Why I Loved the Politically-Charged Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Walking out of the theater after seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I considered that it was just my over-politicized imagination fueled by the last year of hot issues crowding my various newsfeeds and morning radio shows that saw my own world reflected in the Marvel universe. But it turns out even Marvel Studios presient Kevin Feige called Winter Soldier a “political thriller.” And it was – an intense, interesting and thought-provoking story of America’s favorite solider who faces difficult decisions about his life and encourages us to look at our own. Read More…

Nobody’s Nobody: The Rise of the Non-Super Heroes

Some thoughts on the pilot of Joss Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E..L.D., and what it might mean for the future of superhero television.

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Everything Ends: Starkid’s “A Very Potter Musical” and the Legacy of the Harry Potter Generation

Team Starkid released A Very Potter Senior Year (the third and final show in their Harry Potter musical series) several weeks ago. With it came yet another end to the journey the Harry Potter Generation embarked on when they were children. But the show is much more than just a parody of the famous series, bringing up tough questions about the future role of Harry Potter and what it all means now that the journey is over. Read More…

The Fat Lady Sings: Exception or New Rule?

With the continuous influx of singing stars having no real talent, uber-talented Adele’s arrival on the pop music scene bode well. In this post I discuss how one groundbreaking female singer has the potential to raise the bar for the entire industry… if she makes some small changes. Read More…

Goodbye to Park-and-Bark: Zoom In on New Opera

Today’s operas are looking more and more like the movies, so both performers and directors are learning that singing is good, but putting on a show is better. Although some traditionalists do not agree with this new direction, in this post I will explore the technology that has brought this change about and given new life to an old art form. Read More…

Musical Art (in a musical)

A short musical analysis¬†of Stephen Sondheim’s great musical Sunday in the Park with George. Read More…

Robots Pull the Strings: The Age of Virtual Orchestras

Music composition technology has become so advanced that there is possibly no longer any need for either live musicians or theoretical musical training for the modern composer. In this post I will discuss the way this technology has affected the current young film composer and the possible ramifications for traditional music education. Read More…