Since there have been just 7 new posts total since about 12 hours ago - I guess Sunday's quieter here since the pros are out working gigs or recovering from Saturday night's gigs, and others do most of their posting while in their day jobs - I thought I'd mention the opening ceremonies at the Olympics in Vancouver Friday night.
The producers succeeded in not trying to top the China opening; they kept it intimate on a grand scale. Most of it was engaging. I didn't care for the Bryan Adams song - it was overly commercial and cheery. The effects, however, were fascinating. It was like someone had a giant iPhone or Tablet and controlled the stage. It was also very cool to hear Canadian Donald Sutherland narrate.
And how enthralling was the flying piece? The young boy performer was well cast and the new version of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" as accompaniment was absolutely beautiful.
Yes, we saw the cables - I know that was discussed regarding the Beijing ceremony - but it was stunning. And yes, there were echoes of David Copperfield's "Flying". (Even the boy's costume, with the white t-shirt covered by the unbuttoned shirt - was it blue? - was similar.)
Nevertheless, it was worth watching.