Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Traditionalists

The misconception about traditions is that we've always observed them. Though it may certainly seem like it, your family hasn't always gone directly for their stockings first thing on Christmas morning. Your dad hasn't always taken your mom dancing for their anniversary. Your grandpa hasn't always gotten drunk and went on a lengthy tirade about immigrants at Thanksgiving dinner. (Okay, maybe he has, but that's just because he's an ill-tempered and indisputably racist old drunk.)

That I'm saying here is that every tradition starts out as just some crazy idea. These customs become more accepted and widely observed over time until their eventual mass adoption, but each germinates from a modest or otherwise unremarkable proposal. These rituals that so strengthen our bonds and further foster community cohesion all begin their lives as idle suggestions. And I'd like to make one of my own.

Nerdapalooza is fast on its way to becoming a true geek institution. Each year we gather in Orlando for a weekend of music, fun, fellowship and beer. While that may be enough for some, I think it's time we take it to the next level.

With each new iteration, Nerdapalooza's players and participants and attendees change. The venue shifts. But that's all well and good because the all-important spirit stays the same. But what if we supplement this spirit with a dose of tradition?

I'm not calling for anything drastic, mind you, just something easy and fun. Another little touchstone to get excited about amid the larger hallmark of geekdom that is the festival itself.

My idea is to encourage participating artists to work a cover song into their set. Sure, it's not the most earth-shattering of proposals, but it's simple and it has a certain charm.

Keep in mind that this is just a suggestion; I am in no way, shape or form the governing body of nerd music. This is just a silly idea from a silly old man. Just something to add a little more palpable level of consistency to an event that is purposefully malleable.

Hell, I'm not even married to this idea myself! In fact, I'd love to hear each of your suggestions for potential Nerdapalooza traditions. I love the event and I'm thrilled for the opportunity to simply attend, but I can't help but think it's time we add another layer to the Nerdapalooza soufflé.

8 comments:

Brian Mazzaferri (Brian from I Fight Dragons) said...

I think that's an awesome idea Z!! You can damnwell bet we're in :)

Rob said...

Will do.

Z. said...

Oh, you guys! So eager to please a crazy old man. :)

Masurao said...

Shinobi and I are on it. Song chosen and all. Krondor Krew ftw

Jimi said...

Sounds like a great idea.

Tradition proposal: hold it in the UK every year?

Yours is probably more doable

John Anealio said...

Even though I won't be at the show myself, I think performing a cover song is a great idea. Performing covers enables an artist to show what musicians inspire them as well as letting an audience see another side of their artistry.

Schaffer the Darklord said...

A cover song, you say? Consider it done, Z.

Z. said...

I knew the ninja wouldn't let me down, Masu! :)

I'll gladly lobby with you for an annual Nerdapalooza UK, Jimi.

Excellent points, John. Covers are often used to give an audience a sense of where an unkowne band is coming from, but I think in this instance it can be used simply to pay tribute to one's roots.

I can not possibly wait an entire month to know what you've got planned, STD. The anticipation, it burns!