I’m going to share opinions on three things today.
1) The Peak Portable Music Stand
I’d been looking for a new music stand, and even posted a question on Ask MetaFilter looking for recommendations that combined strength and portability. Most of the recommendations were things I’d seen before, but while browsing around on my own I found the Peak stand. I’ve used it at two concerts now, one indoors and one outdoors (on a hill… in the wind), and it works great! It’s a little bulky, but easy to carry from parking to venue as it comes in its own shoulder bag. The metal legs are very sturdy, even on uneven ground, and the top is solid and strong enough to hold my heavy music folder. Coincidentally, another clarinet player in the band got the same stand and debuted it on the same night I did!
2) The Singing Office
I’d been seeing the commercials for this show, I definitely didn’t want to watch it, and yet I somehow found myself watching the premiere last night. It wasn’t even as good as I’d expected it to be. Former N’Sync-er Joey Fatone and former Spice Girl Mel B each pick five members of a workplace (Joey had a hotel and Mel B had a school). The team spends a few days rehearsing a song and some dance moves, they get costumes that are nothing like the clothes Joey and Mel B picked out on their vintage store visits, and then they perform on stage (with a live band!) to a big audience. There was really no contest – even though Mel B’s team included a music teacher, Joey’s team had better costumes and a gymnast who did a backflip.
3) Rock the Reception
I also didn’t need to see this show, but there was a sneak peek after The Singing Office, so what the heck. The premise is that professional choreographers work with a bride and groom (and their bridal party) for a couple weeks before their wedding to create a crazy routine for their first dance. The premiere episode featured an African American couple who did a great dance with their six bridesmaids to “Let it Whip” by the Dazz Band, and a mismatched white couple (she was in theater, he was embarrassed to do anything in public) who ended up doing a pretty good routine to Jet’s “Are You Gonna be My Girl.” Both of the routines turned out pretty well, I guess. I’d like to go to a wedding where they break into something like this. I love the Thriller wedding dance video.