The Kids Are Alright!

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2006-08-26 01:21

This Saturday morning, swathed in the imperial purple & gold brocade of my silk robe, I reclined upon Prudence, my velvety chaise lounge-cum-trusty confessor, and while popping delicious morsels of chorizo breakfast sausage onto my quivering tongue, I idly poked the lower, lonely yet loquaciously lamenting numbers of my wireless TV channel selector—a device known as a "remote control"—in my neverending search for some aimless thrills.

To my delight, up popped a recap of the Subway Restaurants 2006 Stage Challenge.

From the SC website:

The Stage Challenge® is a unique and exciting opportunity for schools to take part in a dance, drama and design spectacular where the students are the STARS. The result is professional events, staged in some of New Zealand’s top venues. The Stage Challenge® is about having fun while enjoying a 100% drug free experience.

Performances were eight minutes long and the theme, design & all aspects of production were left entirely up to the students.

The performance by St Andrew's College, Christchurch really caught my eye. It was an expose of the pretentiousness & groupthink that pervades modern art entitled Da Vinci's Revolving Coffin. In a series of wonderfully satirical vignettes, the St Andrew's students put modern art firmly in its place. It really was brilliant.

This from the school's newsletter:

Congratulations to all who were involved in the superb St Andrew’s
entry into this year’s Stage Challenge, held at the James Hay Theatre
over the past few days.

The StAC entry was a witty, quirky look at modern art, and a peek at
what can often be a pretentious world. StAC carried off TEN Excellence
awards – for Concept, Drama, Choreography, Visual Entertainment,
Stagecraft, Performance Skills, Soundtrack, Costumes, Set Design and
Function, and the Student Achievement award.

Huge congratulations to all the students involved, both onstage and
backstage. Stage Challenge is student devised and student driven, and
the fact that you managed to pull off such a massive undertaking in such a
professional way is a tribute to each and every one of you, and of course
to Julie Drummond for driving, motivating and inspiring you to produce
such a wonderful piece. ‘Da Vinci’s Revolving Coffin’ was innovative,
humorous, thought-provoking and visually spectacular.

My final tribute must go to Matty Orchard, the creative genius who
devised the initial concept. Matty, you did an absolutely brilliant job!

Just goes to show that many young people are switched on to the vacuity of modern art, and are not afraid to shout it out loud. Well done St Andrew's College!

Matty Orchard

St Andrew's students during their performance of Da Vinci's Revolving Coffin

images copyright St Andrew's College or Subway

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This is *not* a Who thread!

Ross Elliot's picture

I wrote my original post to congratulate and exemplify the students of St Andrew's College. They have swum against the silly, suffocating current of flotsam & jetsam that so often characterises contemporary art. Kudos to them!

Silly, silly girl.

Ross Elliot's picture

Silly, silly girl.

The Who rock hard but more often than not, the songs do need some degree of mental alacrity for a full appreciation Smiling

For all Who fans, it was Keith Moon's birthday three days ago. A supremely ebullient drummer and personality. And a wasted end. He would have been 59. RIP.


Craig Ceely's picture

Of course I can't argue with any of the above.

Especially, since I spent my teen years a scant three miles from Clearwater Beach, Florida, I can provide no argument against "tumescent sentiment."

(Ahem) None. But for me, The Who at first meant Tommy and Quadrophenia. And, more than anything, "Baba O'Riley," which, a gorgeous twentysomething opined to me, was "annoying."

We no longer speak.

Well, The Who, and tunes

Ross Elliot's picture

Well, The Who, and tunes like "The Kids Are Alright" started my love of power pop. Lovely riffing, harmonies and tumescent sentiment Smiling

Hat trick

Craig Ceely's picture

All three.

From that period, not as great a tune as "I Can See For Miles." But then, what is? What other song features a lead drummer?

Correct. Exactly. And, you

Ross Elliot's picture

Correct. Exactly. And, you bet your ass!

Final Judgment

Craig Ceely's picture

"Alright" is not a word and is in fact a barbarism, and never acceptable. Found in manuscripts, true, but then, F. Scott Fitzgerald couldn't spell worth a fuck -- he couldn't handle "Hemingway," another writer who a) shared a publisher with him, and b) whom he had met. (Do not use this as an excuse to steer clear of The Great Gatsby or "Babylon Revisited." You'll be the loser thereby.)

And in this case, Ross is right: he is quoting the title of, and referring back to, a classic Who song, and he has every right to do so. It's a matter of usage, and he's referring back to something in which "alright" did appear, and in that form.

Not to mention that it's a great song...

Thomas, baby, it's the title

Ross Elliot's picture

Thomas, baby, it's the title of one of The Who's most famous songs. The song has a breezy 1960s pop exuberance about it, and that's why I used it. It's also the title of a movie and a stage play. I can assure you it's exactly as it should be. Eye

An analysis of the song from AMG.

And Merriam-Webster may provide some illumination:

The one-word spelling alright appeared some 75 years after all right itself had reappeared from a 400-year-long absence. Since the early 20th century some critics have insisted alright is wrong, but it has its defenders and its users. It is less frequent than all right but remains in common use especially in journalistic and business publications. It is quite common in fictional dialogue, and is used occasionally in other writing .

"Alright" is not all right.

Thomas Lee's picture

"Alright" is not all right.

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