I’ve just returned from a few weeks in England–it was my first trip across the Pond in two years–and I’m still buzzing with Olympic fever. True, this is largely because the BBC coverage allowed viewers to watch any event at any time, all with expert commentary by former Olympians in that discipline. It was, quite simply, the most amazing coverage of any event (sporting or otherwise) that I’ve ever seen. But then I came home to the States and . . . well . . . NBC sucks. Tape delays in 2012? Seriously? Limited coverage? Edited highlights of the closing ceremony? “Live internet streaming” through a server that can’t handle the flow and blocks the best events? Unless something changes between now and 2016, I’ll be spending that summer in England too, just so I can watch the Olympics properly.
Talking of which, I must admit to being pleased by the opening ceremony, and I think Piper (from Five Flavors of Dumb) would be too. Not only was the national anthem performed by a signing choir, but the live music was propelled by legendary percussion virtuoso, Evelyn Glennie, who is deaf. Brilliant way to be inclusive and break down stereotypes about deafness–all in front of a worldwide audience.
Incredibly observant readers will remember that in the acknowledgments to Five Flavors of Dumb, I thanked my brother, Mark, for continually educating me on the current state of rock music. It’s a job he takes seriously, which makes me wonder why it took until now for him to bring up the British band Muse (who were edited out of the Olympic closing ceremony by NBC – grrrr). Somehow (maybe because I live under a rock) I hadn’t heard of them before. But this track blew me away. (There’s nothing like having a Rachmaninoff-inspired interlude in the middle of a rock song):
But now I’m back, and the second draft of ELEMENTAL book 2 beckons. So I should stop waxing lyrical about the Olympics and get back to work. (Even if I can’t get that darn “Chariots of Fire” theme out of my head.)