NQC 08: Odds and Ends Wrap-up
At long last some, some final thoughts I’ve been kicking around since NQC. First, some odds and ends.
Dottie Rambo: To answer many email queries and comments I’ve received on this, there was no formal memorial or remembrance of Dottie Rambo on the weekend evening mainstage, assuming anyone remembers what happened almost a month ago in
Speaking of showcases: Angel commented that the Phil Cross Songs of a Lifetime showcase was the most profitable in NQC history. This sounded a bit overzealous to me, so I put the question to Clarke Beasley, executive vice president of NQC. His response:
“The most profitable showcase in NQC history” is somewhat overdoing it, but it was a tremendously successful showcase in both attendance and appeal. It was challenging on the technical end as you can imagine with a 200 voice choir and 60 piece orchestra, but the end result was stunning. We have received many favorable comments about the showcase from those who attended.
There you go, for what that’s worth. Cross really is flogging the DVD of the thing on his email newsletter, which I was evidently signed up for automatically (I will refrain from speculating about the origins of this unsolicited subscription). The orchestra and choir were pretty powerful additions, so much so that it made me wish they could have made guest appearances one night and been both performers and supporting musicians for and with the other mainstage acts. A logistical nightmare and a cultural clash of unspeakable irreconciability (think Martin Cook, counting off the strings section to “I Have Not Forgotten”), and it would be impossible unless the technical issues with the sound could be lined out, but imagine the Perrys doing “