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There’s always a well of playful joy that courses through my body anytime Evil Dead comes up. Whether it’s rewatching the original films or watching previews for the upcoming show (Ash vs Evil Dead!!), a part of me regresses to a fifteen year old, all giddy with excitement. Even the subpar video games were playable because of this.

  
And it was with this excitement that I sat in an old, uncomfortable seat in Renton, Washington for Evil Dead the Musical.
For a musical I’ve seen four times, I was still able to easily find enjoyment in the production. While it wasn’t the best production I’ve seen, it did manage to surprise me with some creative dialog, and even adding a character. 
The vocal performances were not great, however. Cues were hit and the dialog was funny but with the exception of one or two performers, the singing was average at best. The actors could hit all their notes but the harmonizing was off, perhaps because of the changing of ranges needed to accommodate the differing styles of the actors. The acting was decent and silly when it needed to be and serious for the few moments of poignancy. The performers and crowd seemed to be feeding off of each other, the latter of which loved it. This was perhaps due to the subject and knowledge of the source material rather than the performances. Or perhaps it was the copious amounts of fake blood that was unabashedly thrown and splattered onto the pre-warned crowd. Squirt bottles, small balloons, and even a hose were used within the “splatter zone” (roughly the front half of the theater). The end was especially messy. There was so little pretense that the actors, supposedly in the midst of a climatic battle, would bring out buckets full of red liquid and dump it over the heads of select audience members. Not the most verisimilitude for a show but the crowd couldn’t care less.
This musical has become almost a tradition for me. Whenever it’s playing at a theater in town, I try to see it. I’ve never regretted that decision. I had a great time, as did my wife who, never having seen the movies, found the experience a good one. I just need get her into the splatter zone next time 😉

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I previously wrote about my music and a song in particular called The Tinkerer. In that post, I mentioned how my love for musicals was beginning to take over my songwriting process. In the intervening weeks, that love has infused and taken over the concept for my upcoming album. Yes, it will be a concept album, much in the vein of Green Day’s American Idiot or Coldplay’s Viva la Vida.

Not all the songs are new. Some, I’ve played with people before; some are songs that didn’t fit into the general feeling of the other songs at the time; and some are songs that were so personal I was scared to show them to anyone. With the writing of The Tinkerer, I found a structure to hang these other songs on, giving them a context that didn’t have to involve me directly. I’m at a place now where performing personal songs doesn’t produce the amount of intense panic-induced sweat it did before but having a character express these things places a thin layer of bubble wrap around my frightened and sensitive soul.

Also, I just wanted to make the album into a story.

I technically haven’t written in my novel for a few weeks now, but since these songs are about the same characters, it’s almost just as good, if not better. I’m thinking of these characters in different ways, from different angles, different perspectives, which informs me of how they would react to different things. The plot is slightly different from album to novel but the character emotions and motivations are the same and it’s made the writing process feel smoother. Both are informing the other, the novel infused a structure to what would otherwise just be a gathering of songs and the songs have helped to understand why the characters do what they do.

Ultimately, I hope this process will improve both. I think it has but I won’t know for sure until I get back to the novel. And I will get back to it. It’s only a matter of time.

The lyrics for The Tinkerer can be found here:

https://blogofahrenscholtz.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/the-tinkerer-lyrics-final/

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Lately, for some reason, I’ve been really into musicals. I’ve always liked them, the only caveat being when my sisters and I were growing up and they insisted on watching Grease and The Sound of Music in constant, alternating succession. On repeat. I could barely stand it at the time.

Now, the movies are so ingrained in me I have a hard time sitting through one or the other for the entirety of the movie but the songs I can still listen to. 

Lately, I’ve been into The Book of Mormon, the musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez. It’s hilarious, offensive, and a combination of the best parts of South Park and the best music from the history of musicals. The music is anyway. I have yet to see a live performance of it, unlike my sister who was able to go (and I am SO jealous of her)! 

Between The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors, and several more, my ears and imagination have been inspired! 

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Hello. My name is Elder Scholtz. 

And I would like to share with you the most amazing book.

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