TA Mixtape / Road Trippin: Criss-Crossing The USA

by Mitch Campbell

Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, TX

Most of us can still remember those days when we were young tots (tadpoles!) buckling up for the seven-hour nightmare of a drive with our family and any mysterious body odors they chose to bring along with them.  Sure, road trips can be miserable…  if you want them to.  But that was not the case in my recent criss-crossing of this country from LA to NYC.  I strapped on an optimistic, eager attitude towards some good-ol’-Lewis-and-Clark-style exploration and packed up my VW Jetta (she’s my lil’ Sacagawea) with one personal challenge in mind:  to conquer the southern United States by simply driving through it.  Ambitious, I know, but that’s how old-school explorers operate.  So without further ado, I hereby claim this Tadpole Audio guest mixtape mine in the name of music-loving travelers everywhere!

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Guest Mixtape / Children’s Books: TSURURADIO Presents… Come On In, Sit A Spell, Let Me Tell You A Tale Mixtape!!!

For help finishing off the week of children’s books I reached out to one of my favorite bloggers (or should I say, blogging communities) TSURURADIO, and to my delight the mixtape master said yes!  Check out his unique and extremely interesting take on the theme.  If this blog is about different ways to use music in storytelling (hint: it is) then Tsuru nails it:

What is a children’s tale? During my time shooting my Born In A Bottle Rocket series I’ve learned that the sugar & glossed coated world of cute bugs and kids and monkeys having short silly adventures is just some silly modern construct. There was a time when stories were odd, weird, scary, creepy, full of death, evil, serial killers, happy & unhappy endings, many of which were non-sensical & rather pointless. So what does that mean for this mixtape? When you challenged me, I started digging, and the more songs I found, in my own collection and that of others, the mixtape begin telling it’s own tales. Tales of hobos & hobbits, of murder & robots, mountaintops, mountain towns, & transvestites, stories of science fiction & hippie adventures, you know, the stories of our lives.

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Film + Theatre / Elf The Musical, What’s Your Favorite Color?

The New York Times announced today that a musical adaptation of the film Elf will be heading to the Great White Way for a limited run this Christmas.  Done right, I’m pretty confident this has the potential to be brilliant in the same way the film was.  But there is also good chance the musical might try just a little too hard.  I mean, did the filmmakers know that their movie was going to spawn catchphrases beloved year round?

I like smiling, smiling's my favorite!!!

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