My Friday Five: A Final Nash Next Update & Bringing Back Memories12/04/2015
Photo: Chris White 1) Carolina Football This is the first time in Lord knows when - a.k.a. not in my lifetime - that both the Carol...
Now, I got into this a little bit last week, but I'll go through the scenarios for the Heels depending on if the team wins or loses on Saturday. If Carolina wins, there should be no debate, in my mind, that either a playoff berth or the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl is likely. Sure, the Heels haven't had the toughest schedule, but scheduling two FCS foes wasn't originally planned. If Carolina Loses, the mostly likely spot would be the Russell Athletic Bowl. Many of the sports media outlets have been sticking with this bowl for several weeks now. I can't imagine any lower bowl than this for the Heels. One thing that will most definitely work in Carolina's favor is the all the pressure put on Clemson. It's simple for the Tigers: win and you're in. The Heels are basically playing with house money. There will not be much pressure on Carolina to win and I hope the team will just enjoy every minute of playing for an ACC title and stay focused on the task at hand.
As I typed out the first draft of this, I was going to write about grievances I had with how the Nash Next contest operated. But, you know what? I'll just keep all that to myself and only congratulate Tyler Barham. This has been a long contest and a ton of work has gone into it both on Barham and his team's part as well as his fans, friends and family. I'm truly blessed to be able to support this talented guy, not only as an artist, but as a friend. Barham has already gained much notoriety and new fans during the contest - including T-Mobile CEO John Legere - which is awesome! This is just the beginning.
Tyler, if you're reading this, I'm proud of ya man!
From one production to another, NBC developed and produced yet another live musical. It was The Wiz this go 'round, a revival of the classic 1975 Broadway hit that won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. I wasn't sure how it would turn out since I'm a huge fan of the original as well as the film version starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. I was pleasantly surprised. The Wiz Live was spectacular! Every minute of the show's near three-hour runtime was enjoyable to watch. The cast was superb - especially Shanice Williams who played Dorothy - and the show stuck pretty much to the original, with some modernizations like the use of an iPad by Addapearle in one scene and the crew making the Emerald City very futuristic in design. It was one of the most brilliant shows I've seen in quite some time.
Watching The Wiz Live brought back some memories of my senior year in high school when I was a member of the pit orchestra for my school's production of the musical. This was my first experience playing Broadway music and I've been hooked on it ever since. And, let me tell ya, music for The Wiz is no piece of cake to play either. It pushed me as a young musician but I enjoyed performing it. In fact, I still have some of the sheet music laying around somewhere at my house!
Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the performance of one of my all time favorite Broadway tunes - "Home" - by Williams in the live version. All I can say is: wow! Just watch it in the video below...