Thursday, August 05, 2004


If you get a chance, watch PBS' Soundstage with Cyndi Lauper. Her voice is as good as ever, if not better. Of course, I'm sort of a pop-whore, so I don't know what I'm talking about.

Criticism: Soundstage kinda sucks. FRENETIC video editing. Every. Three. Seconds. For an hour. And a bad sense of pacing overall. The 'shoot' might take 4-6 hours, but the show is an hour. I can't have the artist humping the piano 5 minutes into the show! Soundstage used to be this hippie, unplugged thing. Very intimate, and I think almost unedited (as in, the artist puts on a 1 hour show and it's broadcast like that). Like (dare I betray my age) MTV Unplugged sort of lost the unplugged part, now it's a giant production. On the plus side, it's done in HDTV and WTTW has fantastic facilities and it shows.


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