I just saw an in depth interview with VM on QTV on youtube. They talked about the ups and downs of their partnership even a time when they didn't speak to each other for 2 months. They even took couples counseling!
I'm a VM fan but DW uber. I am dying to see an in depth interview with D/W. I really want to know the dynamic of their partnership. Sure we catch glimpses in the kiss n cry and maybe the truth booth but I don't think it does them justice. Also they typically get asked the same questions so maybe I'm just dying to come up with super creative questions that no one has asked before. Like I'd have each describe the other in 5 words.
Nice interview...refreshing to hear some different questions.
I don't do links well, but icenetwork has an interesting article about the ice dance competition at Nationals. They interviewed a ballroom dancer to get their take on how the dance couples did. They have really nice things to say about Meryl and Charlie. So head on over and read it!
What a lovely article.
Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
The compliment to Z&S was particularly nice, and what I have always felt about them--that they try to bring out the unique style of each of their couples.
It does lead me to say that I think Maddy & Greg need to go for a character-driven piece again next year. This year's FD is so much better for them than last year's, and I do think the character part really fits them.
And I liked that Grinenko was able to see that all of Meryl & Charlie's FD was an Argentine tango, because that is how they have always described the whole piece, as being in a Buenos Aires club That is one of the things that I have always loved about D&W, their ability to catch the character of a dance and translate it to the ice, so that even without the music, you know what type of dance it is (mostly seen in their OD's, but I still love it).
Pani, Thank you very much!
Sorry I'm late to this discussion, but I wanted to chime in:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWOPz...eature=related. Although I guess the choir in the Eminem sounds more like gospel backing than operatic choral. Is the idea of a program with some gospel music too outrageous? I can imagine a beautifully uplifting program about freedom and hope and spirit, and D/W have already shown a superb cultural sensitivity with the Indian OD that I think they could handle any delicate themes they choose.
Also, I know lots of keyboards have a choral setting, and I don't think it would be too hard to lay down a choral track with that. I agree with the person who said it probably wouldn't be too hard (and pretty cheap) to get a University of Michigan music student to create music for them, if they wanted.
Anyway, I would love to see D/W try their hand at powerful music with a non-romantic, uplifting, goosebump-raising theme. A modern piece of music, where D/W could showcase power, but in a very clean and sleek way, could be something for the ages. Maybe better to test out any ideas through an exhibition first, though.
I agree that not all covers are bad. Some , in fact, are even better than the original. That goes for modern songs as well. For example, as much as I love the original Billie Jean, I adore the David Cook cover used by Meryl and Charlie in their exhibition.I hate it when any kind of skater uses any kind of lame cover. I don't mean to reject every recording of a song previously done by someone else (cuz that would rule out pretty much any modern recording of a classical symphony or opera)
I also like the Glee version of Soul Sister - even better than the original.
Oh, I agree that recording was good enough and different enough not to suffer by comparison. I also think pretty much any song that Linda Ronstadt covers is usually as good or better than the earlier recording. What I hate is that muzak effect of some recordings - sung by a weaker voice without the style and flavor of the original.For example, as much as I love the original Billie Jean, I adore the David Cook cover used by Meryl and Charlie in their exhibition.
I think my snarky comment was inspired by a song I'd heard earlier that day of someone covering Save the Last Dance for Me. It was so lame you would not have even recognized it as a Latin rhythm. (It's technically a cha-cha, usually danced as a rhumba, but not that version.) Can anyone recall skaters using that song for an exhibition?
For those who don't know it, here is the original recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-XQ26KePUQ
You're kidding, right ?