Thursday, April 1, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
The Hard Taco song for March is called "Scrapbooking." Lauren and I dipped our toes in the gluey waters of decorative album-making when Scarlett was a bambino. We bought a poofy scrapbook, scissors that made triangular cuts, and plenty of fungible sticker letters. Each garish page told a different chapter in the story of Scarlett's journey from energetic fetus to meconium-coated newborn to chubby cherub in a portable bathtub.
Fifteen years later, I can't remember if this was supposed to be ironic or not. It is certainly cute, and I love revising the baby pictures. I just can't tell how earnest we were when we labelled one of the pages LOUNGIN' or when we made a tiny green envelope to hold part of her umbilical stump. The song "Scrapbooking" imagines where we would be today if we kept going down that rabbit hole.
But this month, we are introducing a new endeavor that is, in some ways, akin to scrapbooking. It's called VH1da-Vision. The title is a mash-up between the music video channel VH1 and WandaVision, the Marvel superhero show that pays homage to several decades of sitcom tropes. VH1da-Vision imagines a channel that plays music videos from different eras, all of which are actually Marvel-themed parodies. Just go with it.
So to kick things off, we have two videos. "Wanda Wall" sets the stage, and "A Jericho, Idiot" harkens to the opening scenes of the first MCU movie, Iron Man. Enjoy!
Monday, February 1, 2021
This is 76th and (presumably) final Fortress Party retrospective blog. This has been magical and nostalgic in the best way, a biting reminder of how much I miss being with friends and family. I'm proud of all of the moments we created, and so grateful to the hundreds of people who contributed in ways great and small.
I'm especially thankful for Lauren, who always manages to triumph at adulting without taking it too seriously. She is a joy magnet and a skyscraper of patience. She conquers planets and subverts pigeonholes, endures and thrives, sees wonder all around her, and appreciates special moments while they are happening. For years, her official Fortress Party title has been the Chief Tolerance Officer, but I prefer to call her the Fortress Buttress Mistress.
And also, she rocks. In February's Hard Taco song, "Pretty Little Head," she once again proves herself to be whatever the female version of a heartthrob is. So dreamy! Enjoy the song, and these last few Fortress Party retrospectives. For now.
Fortress Party 2018:
- The Wren Faire - Entrance, The Grizzly Beak, Madame Crow-Many
- The Wren Faire - Puffin Tumble, Rapunzel Chicken Sings, Joust
- Dia de los Muertos
- Geisha House and Clue
- Slytherin Common Room
- Sesame Street
Fortress Party 2019:
- Tibet Town Hall
- Chernobyl Humane Society
- Kilty Pleasure
- Area '51
- TSA Precheck and United Clotheslines
- Broadway in the Shire - Show Posters
- Broadway int the Shire - Frodo Sings!
Finally, here's a complete walk-through of Fortress Party 2019, with a few Easter eggs not seen in the previous installments.
Sunday, January 31, 2021
For those of you who are curious about the process, here is the spreadsheet that had all the ideas for musicals and songs, including some that we never ended up recording. You can also see a long list of Lord of the Rings terms that I tried to find puns for, but failed.