Thursday, March 6, 2008

Blood On The Tundra and Lou Mongello

During Mousefest this past December I picked up a copy of Lou Mongello's Audio Guide To Mainstreet U.S.A. About a week after arriving home I began to listen to the cd in my car. About 5 minutes into it I realised that I was doing a great injustice to the hard work Lou put into this project. It needed to be listened to when I could give it my full attention. So I did what any responsible Disney fan would do. I shelved it.

I told myself at the time that I would get back to it when I had time to just relax and enjoy it fully. Well today was finally the day. Today was blood donor day for me and I remembered our friend Lou up there on the shelf and brought him along. (Understand I listen to WDW Radio everyweek so Lou is always on my Ipod.)

This was my third time donating blood. I give what is called double reds. What happens is they take 2 pints of your red blood cells, seperate your plasma out and give that back to you. It's kind of a funny feeling when you plasma comes back. It gives me a slight chill and causes my lips to tingle.
Today time just breezed by while listening to Lou explain all the many details and stories behind Mainstreet U.S.A. I only knew a small portion of what he shared. As I listened I couldn't help but think that what Lou had done here (in the true Disney spirit) was "plus" an earlier abum concept that Walt did many years ago. Walt's album was mostly musical in nature with brief decriptions of each land located in Disneyland.

Be sure to stop by and order a copy of Lou's CD today.

Lou I tip my ears to you and say job well done. I look forward to your next production.

On the training front. Nothing yesterday. Tonight was a very casual walk as the blood center told me not to be over exertive today. I still wanted miles so I ventured outside and took it easy.


Craig - said...

I intend to pick up this CD but haven't yet. Given the quality of everything else Lou does, this has to be great.

As for Wicked...
The musical has much less focus on adultery. The first several chapters in the book are summed up in one song at the start. The adultery is there as it is key to why Elphaba is the way she is, but it is just a few seconds in the song showing that her mother had an affair.

Also, the religious overtones are not really present at all in the musical. If I remember the book correctly, the more religious commentary was toward the beginning, and it progressed into commentary on government.

The show really deals with more general moral ambiguities, rather than focus on religion or adultery. Although there is a decent dose of the commentary on government.

Matt said...

I've been wanting to get the CD's as well. But I just haven't gotten around to doing so. Are the CD's similar to Lou and Jeff's DSI's? If so I think that I'll be able to follow them easily.

Congrats on giving blood. I'm glad that there are people out there that give. I just can't get myself to do it. I'm scared to death of needles!

MikeF. said...

Mongello! I do not really have a comment.

And Newell to you