So this weekend marked the opening of (The Reduced) Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Two words… Fun… ny…! Go see it!
I had the honor of executing the duties of Sound Design for this production, and this was definitely a lot of fun. I went opening night and decided to take a blanket and a picnic basket so I could engage in the experience as a spectator. I had a very nice moment while waiting for the play to begin…
My recording of Pure Imagination was included in the pre-show music. I hadn’t really thought of including it when the discussion of what to choose first came up, since I didn’t think of it as matching the vibe or mood. It also felt a little cheesy in my mind to throw in something of mine. However the director (thanks, (other) Scott!) asked if I had something of mine to include and after talking about it he was very encouraging.
So I’m there on my blanket relaxing. Eventually my track came on, so I was hearing it in the context of everyone else in the audience. My blanket was next to another blanket with a group of four folks (two couples, it looked like). Since I was still by myself at that moment (my housemates arrived later), I couldn’t help but overhear some of their chat as they enjoyed their picnic and talked about the wine. There was a pause in their conversation, and then one of them said, “This is nice music.”
Although I am always trying to get better at shameless self-promotion, I only briefly toyed with the idea of saying, “You like this?!? This is me!!! I have a download card I can sell you for a dollar!!!!!” Instead I sat, smiled, sipped my beer, and was insufferably pleased with myself in silence.
One of the other things to come to light by attending as a spectator was that I felt like more opening music was needed. I didn’t like the idea that early picnic attendees might have to hear the same track 2 or even 3 times. This is the kind of thing that annoys me when I go to an event. So I compiled another 80 or so minutes of pre-pre show music.
I sneaked my other track in….. I feel so self-indulgently scandalous!
Shhhhhhhhhhhh…. don’t tell anyone!