Dec 10 2006, 11:18 AM
This year, the Hash Christmas Party is being held on a boat cruise along the Willamette River, Monday, December 18th. Besides wild fun and debauchery, we'll be premiering the musically soundtrack of "Tin Woodman of Oz" to those in attendance. Most of the songs are ready for some public scruntiny but we still have a couple that are wrapping up. I will be circulating in the audience for the rest of the evening, getting first impressions. Please wish those who brought this music to fruition: Niels deGooier, Robert Holmen, Nancy Gormezano, Steve Mullen, and Chris Caouette, to "break a leg."
Dec 10 2006, 12:18 PM
Break a leg guys. And Martin, let us know the people's reaction. maybe even conduct a quick survey of likes and dislikes.
Dec 10 2006, 12:26 PM
Break a leg, maestros!
Dec 10 2006, 01:27 PM
And you're going to be on a boat? My, my...You are quite the risk taker, aren't you?
People will be swimming to shore in droves, if my voice shows up in any recognizable form.
Get'em good & drunk. I found it kills the pain.
Luckily the other songs are sure to offset any damage "Mrs. Lonely Yoop" might do to your credibility.
Dec 10 2006, 01:30 PM
Wish I could be there. Good luck all and enjoy the party. Break a leg (so to speak)
Dec 19 2006, 06:38 AM
Did that. (Great party, BTW.) I haven't tabulated the secret ballots yet but I did peruse them, and things seem promising. I've done "audience evaluations" before, and I know 3 things:
1) If 4 people out of 10 say they like something, then 40 people out of 100 will say the same thing, (and the opposite is true too, unfortunately).
2) Most people cannot see past weaknesses of a WIP. You have to accept that and not get too depressed about poor ranking of a partially completed work.
3) No matter what, it's always good when someone rates a WIP as "excellent." If every song got at least one "excellent" rating (not all did), that means we have a chance for many more people to think it is "excellent" when it's in the context of the movie.
I saw a fair number of "excellents" just cursorily looking through the ballots. This is a very good sign. (I also saw many more "poors" but see above.)
Dec 19 2006, 12:28 PM
12 songs in one sitting may have been tempting audience fatigue.
I'm seeing a mad rush for the life boats after about the eighth song or so.
Dec 29 2006, 02:36 PM
Well, here's the average rankings. The most common complaint I heard was that they didn't know the context so they could only judge the song on whether it was a catchy tune or had a nice beat. For example, "What Do I Smell?" is purely a contextual song, same with "Lonely." Both of those can be bumped up at least one ranking when placed in the movie. 7 of the songs had at least one person rank them as "excellent."
My Heart Is Broken
Can It Be True?
Wop Them, Bop Them
We're Off, We're Gone
My Love, Your Love
What's Wrong With Me?
I Want To Be An Adventurer
Scarecrow's Song (hiphop version)
What Do I Smell?
Not So Good
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