Monday, January 31, 2011

Batman & Rockin': Ghost in the Machine





BATMAN AND ROCKIN': A series of album cover recreations with the Caped Crusader, the Boy Wonder, and their friends replacing the original album art.
#13: THE POLICE - GHOST IN THE MACHINE
Artist: The Police
Album: "Ghost in the Machine"
Label: Interscope
Year: 1981
Original album designer: Mick Hegarty
Band members: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland
Batman says: "I resolve to collar hoods a thousand times a day
Ask them if they just give up
in a very peaceful way
But the fear of me has gripped them
Before I reach the bat phone
Before my batrope has tripped them
For their crimes they must atone."

Friday, January 28, 2011

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

I've been very busy lately, rehearsing for my role in the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's production of the obscure musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut. Book and lyrics are by the late, great Howard Ashman and music is by Alan Menken.

This was the first collaboration between the two, before Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast made them big stars. Since their names didn't sell tickets at the time and the economy of the late 70s wasn't kind to new shows, the show didn't last long and a cast recording has never been made. Hence the obscurity.


Anyway, I landed the leading role. I usually go after the broader, more fun supporting parts, so this has been a lot of hard work for me. I've grown to love the show and the music, but I also remember what I love about smaller parts.

A few weeks ago, we got this letter of encouragement from Alan Menken himself. WOW. Then, when we posted this promotional video on YouTube, we got an encouraging comment from Howard Ashman's sister. Again: WOW.

Last night was opening night, and here's the review from the local news outlet. Three more performances to go, and then resting.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Batman & Rockin': It's Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold us Back






BATMAN AND ROCKIN': A series of album cover recreations with the Caped Crusader, the Boy Wonder, and their friends replacing the original album art.
#12: PUBLIC ENEMY - IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK
Artist: Public Enemy
Album: "It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back"
Label: Def Jam
Year: 1988
Original album photographer: Glen E. Friedman
Band members: Chuck D, Flavor Flav
Batman says: "Bats! How much do you know?
Death row. Where the villains go.
Once again, back is the memory
the first enemy
the ineffable C, Public Enemy Number One
Joe Chill said, "Freeze!" and I got numb
Can I tell you this is why I never carry a gun?
It's the trigger left me a motherless son."
Robin says: "Yeah Boy.... Wonder!"

Monday, January 17, 2011

Batman & Rockin': Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots








BATMAN AND ROCKIN': A series of album cover recreations with the Caped Crusader, the Boy Wonder, and their friends replacing the original album art.
#11: THE FLAMING LIPS - YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS
Artist: The Flaming Lips
Album: "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"
Label: Warner Records
Year: 2002
Original album art: Wayne Coyne
Band members: Michael Ivins, Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd,

Batman says: "His code name is Robin,
He is the Boy Wonder.
Working for the Batman,
When he fights he brings the thunder."

Monday, January 10, 2011

Batman & Rockin': Parallel Lines








BATMAN AND ROCKIN': A series of album cover recreations with the Caped Crusader, the Boy Wonder, and their friends replacing the original album art.
#10: BLONDIE - PARALLEL LINES
Artist: Blondie
Album: "Parallel Lines"
Label: Chrysalis Records
Year: 1978
Original album design: Ramey Communications
Band members: Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, James Destri, Franke Infante, Nigel Harrison
Batman says: "I'm on the red phone, it's the one in the bat cave
I always answer when there's someone I must save.
You know I'm here, and you just have to call
Won't leave you hanging on the telephone."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Disney Revue

I have started another blog where I'm going to write about exclusively Disney-related topics. Reviews, reactions to news, general opinions. A little later, I'll be reviewing every Disney animated feature in chronological order there.

So, if you care to check it out, it's The Disney Revue.

Other topics, drawings and such will still be posted here.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Batman & Rockin': Nevermind

This week's Batman and Rockin' is dedicated to my friends Ryan and Katie Wilcox and their own new sidekick, baby Grayson Robin Wilcox.






BATMAN AND ROCKIN': A series of album cover recreations with the Caped Crusader, the Boy Wonder, and their friends replacing the original album art.
#9:NIRVANA - NEVERMIND
Artist: Nirvana
Album: "Nirvana"
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Year: 1991
Original album design: Robert Fisher
Original cover photographer: Kirk Weddle
Band members: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic
Commissioner Gordon says: "With the Knight out it's less dangerous,
Evil threatens, Batman saves us"