Posts Tagged ‘Rhapsodies’
Okay for the next piece in our ongoing Tuesday Rhapsodies segment, Brahms’ Rhapsodies, Op. 79. I really should get into Brahms more. I mean I know just how experimental he was, how much of a personality he was… he had a biography in a “Lives of the Composers” set of records I listened to growing up, so I know a lot of the juicy details, like the love triangle with him and the Schuman’s. Heck, I’ve heard some great family stories about my great-grandmother remembering seeing people walking out of a Brahms concert in disgust, which should be endorsement aplenty.
However in my Classical Music listening choices I’ve never really gotten much farther than listening to his lullaby.
With any luck this piece will be the first step in correcting that mistake.
Something new I’m trying. As you probably know, the title of the strip, Rhapsodies, is referring to Rhapsody: “a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character.” I like that definition. It was a definition I could turn into a metaphor, a metaphor that I could use as the entire concept behind the strip.
The word, Rhapsody has several other definitions, all useful but for the time being I’ll stick to the musical definition.
When I first envisioned the concept. I didn’t have the grand concept behind the title. I chose Rhapsodies for two reasons. Reason number one was that at the time Paul was the main character, Paul was a musician so I wanted a musical title. The other reason was before I started doing it as a comic strip, I was imagining Rhapsodies as my vision of what a sitcom should be. Because of the musical theme, I imagined the credits being done to Rhapsody in Blue with a montage of clips of the setting. (In hindsight I confess I was going through a Woody Allen phase and I’d seen Manhattan one too many times) Essentially Rhapsodies was a name of convenience to label your strip with. Like “Peanuts”or “Zits”, actual relivance didn’t matter.
But as time progressed, I liked the way you could turn the musical definition of Rhapsody into a metaphor that embraced the entire strip, even the parts that had nothing to do with the music.
Getting back to the music, though I thought I would start to share some other Rhapsodies. Everything from the classics to the cutting edge. Some obvious, others pieces that were never considered rhapsodies but fit the definition perfectly.
Since I mentioned it already I thought I’d start with one of the greatest works in American music, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
The clip I’m using is the one from Disney’s Fantasia 2000. Compared to the original, I didn’t care for the 2000 sequel. From a technical perspective the animation and graphics were cutting edge, but otherwise I found it lacking, a prime example of form over content.
The Gershwin segment was the exception. I’ve always been a fan of Al Hirschfeld and this was a loving tribute to him. But also I liked how the story, along with Hirschfeld’s characters created a portrait of New York as seen from magazines like the New Yorker at the time.
So without further Ado George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Well everybody, the week of the Emerald City Comicon has finally arrived! I’ll be at Cartoonists Northwest booth (#1005 see map plugging the strip and selling the new book. I look forward to see all of you and meet lots of new people!
Well everybody, the cast page is now up for everybody to see! Pretty much covers everybody with the exception of people who were merely unnamed cameos.
For the sake of clarity the definition of “main character” is anyone who has had more than fifty appearances in the strip.
Well everybody welcome to the new improved Rhapsodies page. For the longest time the strip had been on a Joomla format which was not designed for graphics and so was not good for linking individual strips and didn’t play very well with search engines. Now that Rhapsodies is on a Comicpress format it will be easier to find the strip, make comments as well as subscribe on RSS.
So come on in and hope you all enjoy the ride.
I can’t help noticing, in strips like these, Is how the limitations of strip time and strip continuity come back to bite you. Since a strip only allows you what is on average five minutes of time a day, time does weird things and there’s only so much you can do about it. As far as the strip is concerned the last time Paul and Nancy spoke was Halloween 2008, the last time they went out together was a year before that watching the final game of the World Series. Heck one year I was almost relieved that I wouldn’t be able to do a Valentine’s Day story line because as far as continuity was concerned it would mean that Valentine’s day had happened twice in one month. As time goes by you learn to imply that time is passing and that there are things going on off camera, but the problem still comes up as a stumbling block more times then I’d like.
Well here’s a bit of exciting news Lulu, the print on demand service I do my collections on, just worked out a deal with Amazon which means Rhapsodies is now on Amazon which means better visibility!
So what are you waiting for, come get your copies of Where Do You Want Your Drummer?, AKA: Havana Sunset, What Happens on the Road, and my one experiment with science fiction, Sasha: Slower Than Light, today!
And even if you can’t buy today reviews and ratings are very much appreciated!