Posts Tagged ‘Muppets’

Inside, Outside

May 20, 2009

This blog is occasionally a peak into my private life. It’s part of my commitment to be broad and enlightening.  I think I’ve mentioned my passion for puppets, muppets, and other fictional stuffed characters before.  At one time I considered entering the field of puppetry, but never really considered it a realistic goal.  Perhaps it would’ve been an ideal outlet for my creative energies.  The influence of Jim Henson on my life, (and those of countless others) can’t be underestimated.  I mention this so I can draw your attention to a group of handmade plush creature makers.  Their site links you to all the plush creations you could ever want.  I highly recommend checking them out.

I also enjoy this topic because it provides an opportunity to discuss imagination.  In particular, I am interested in the concept of the inner creative life.  Growing up as an only child I spent many hours on my own, and managed to create vast worlds with my toys.  There was always a backstory, and ongoing dialogue for each adventure.  To this day I breath life into my video games, board games, and solo sports, by inventing a narrative background.  This may be indicative of an underlying mental issue, but I think it is a reflection of my overactive imagination.  To some degree most people create fictional elements to their own life. This can manifest in the way they interpret others’ actions, or how they understand their own role in society.  For example, most people tend to view their own activity as more important and positive than it might be.  We are the heroes in our own lives.  The invention of an alternative creative life is probably a byproduct of the monotony of ordinary life.    It is also related to our ancestor’s creation of rich mythology.  Their motivation was to find an explanation for the world around them.  Some people still seek supernatural explanations for the elements of their life, but the creative inner life is more interested in spicing up and enriching ordinary life.

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Mah-na Mah-na

March 16, 2009

Ever since I was a young boy…

The Who

Pinball Wizard

I’m in the process of cleaning up my room, and have decided to sort through the few drawers of cassettes in my closet.  As I started to sort them I thought, “hey, this would make a funny blog post.”  This is a list of some of the more interesting items among my tape collection.  A few caveats/rules:

1) I don’t plan to mention many mixtapes, this will mainly be commercially produced tapes.

2) Many of these tapes were purchased by my parents and then passed on to me.

3) The contents of this list cannot be used against me in any way!

Now the list:

Modern English: After the Snow – About a year ago I purchased this album on CD because I read somewhere that it was great.  LIttle did I know that someone in my family had previously loved it enough to buy it on tape.  I will have to do more research to find out where it came from.

Phil Collins: Face Value – You will remember my previous take on this album on a podcast.  This was one of my parent’s before it was mine, and my love for Mr. Collins clearly came from them.

Original Cast Recording: The Who’s Tommy – My love for musical theatre is unknown on this blog, but as a child/teen I participated in many a musical.  Oh the memories.

Field of Dreams Soundtrack – I love this movie. It’s got baseball, magic, and the source material was written by W.P. Kinsella whose work has been discussed on the blog.  The instrumental music on this tape was a favourite of mine in years past.  I remember pulling out my old yellow walkman ripoff and spending hours listening.

Third Eye Blind: Third Eye Blind – This was the first tape I ever purchased with my own money. I picked it up in Cleveland Ohio during a trip with my family.  I listened to it the whole way home and could still sing along with every single song.

Stone Temple Pilots: Core – I’m not sure I’ve ever listened to this tape. I can’t remember.  I think I may have purchased it at the Garage Sale Store on Concession St. here in Hamilton.

Robert Munsch: Love You Forever – Hnds down my favourite Munsch story of all time. I heard recently that he has been sick and unable to write new stories. That makes me sad.  It’s interesting to note that he is credited as “Bob” Munsch on the cover of the tape.

Personalized Name Tunes: Peter – I remember listening to the various songs with my name in them as a kid. Hello Song, Good Morning, Rubba Dubba, The Mirror, and Goodbye are all musical classics. I can only imagine the pain of the engineer who had to record the many, many versions of each song for this series.

The Best of the Muppets – This tape includes two songs about Muppets visiting a disco. Wow.

The Untold Legend of Batman – This tape accompanied a comic book, and as I recall essentially read it out. If anyone knows more about this please let me know.

I have many more tapes to go through. I think I will do this again.

Life In Technicolor and Puppets, Also Jim Henson

February 6, 2009

Just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost.

Coldplay

Lost!

I’m certain that there have been thousands of internet posts about Coldplay, including some on this very blog. I just wanted to say that their video for Life In Technicolor is pure genius.  I have some puppet related plans for the future, but nothing that will rival that. Although such a big band hardly needs any publicity from me, I am still going to embed the video here.  I love anything to do with puppets.

Puppetry has long been a part of human entertainment, and perhaps no one has ever been more famous for using puppets than Jim Henson and his muppet creations.  From Sesame Street to Fraggle Rock his imaginative creatures expanded the way we say our world. For a young boy with a big imagination he was a hero.  Short post today because all this talk of Jim Henson has made me sad. Enjoy the video!