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12.05.2013

CULTURAL WORKS OF ART



Some things are best left alone.  They are best kept in their original packing, in their original form.  They are best kept pure and left unaltered.  Sometimes the abridged versions leave the partaker highly disappointed.


Take for instance NBC's live filmed for TV stage play of "The Sound of Music".  I'm not sure there would be more than a handful of people on the earth who want to color the magnificence of the 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews with a televised remake, movie or play.  That 1965 movie became a musical movie classic.  It though was a remake of the Broadway musical of the same name.  Taking it from the stage to the screen allowed a much broader audience to fall in love with the story, and ultimately the actors who starred in it.

To give this re-made television live play version the right backdrop, you have to remember it is a live performance - a filmed play in front of a live audience.  There is most definitely a different feel, look, and rhythm of a play over a movie.  It though is paramount to a contestant on "The Voice" redoing a Beatles song.  You can't undo the magnitude of the song's legacy and familiarity.  Trying to retain its recognizable-ness without being a copy cat and yet bringing something modern to it can be quite a tall order. I'm not sure NBC was able to find that balance.

This live televised play version of "The Sound of Music" is Carrie Underwood's first big acting role.  Whether you are a fan of country music or not, she does have a great voice.  She is also, as a male friend mine always says about her, "she's a long tall drink of water with legs that go on forever."  But once again there is that strange sort of association we place her in and it just isn't in the play version of the classic and well loved "Sound of Music".

No doubt re-makes of classics, sequels upon sequels to big block buster movies, and cover bands singing top 40 hits are driven by the cash wagon.  The hope that if the movie, show or song created a cash cow once there may be a good chance it could again. It's a gamble that playing on people's loves of familiarity will create a big audience and ultimate revenue. 


If I am really really really hungry for chocolate covered strawberries and I bite into one, the first bite on the very first one is always the best.  The third or fourth ones, though they are still delicious, don't have quite the exquisite taste as that first one.  The first bite stands alone - pure unadulterated without too much of a good thing clouding its original amazing taste.

Some things just don't need any updates.  Their goodness is frozen in time for us; the statue of David, the pyramids, Wrigley Field, Handel's Messiah, original coke in a glass bottle and "The Sound of Music".

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