Van Halen, Vanilla Ice, Vince Gill, Village People… Valleri, Vacation, Vienna, Video Killed the Radio Star… Violin, vivace, vibrato, vocal music… very diverse verses.
This is something out of the ordinary. It is something I found I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would. This is Video Games Live. It is a concert experience like no other. Tommy Tallarico hosts the concerts that take place with a local symphony. The music is not your normal symphony pieces though.
The local symphonies practice and perfect video game music. The stage show runs video footage of the games the songs are from. And it is lighted like a rock concert. I only play a select few games, so I didn’t know all the songs or anything, but they all sounded awesome! First time I have been to a symphony with yelling and cheering going on (that was at Tommy’s request).
After the show (at the show I went to) Tommy set up to sign autographs. Unfortunately, we were unable to stand in line as we had a long drive home. But we did purchase some merchandise before the night ended.
The concert and available CDs include everything from the early 8bit songs to the driving rock tunes written exclusively for todays edgy games. They have costume or cosplay contests of the video game characters. Giveaways on stage and it is so much FUN!
Unfortunately, with covid there is only one concert on their tour schedule right now and it is not until next year. Check out their website here and this is a piece of one of their shows.
Prince, Panic! At the Disco, Phil Collins, Pink… Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Paint it Black, Photograph… Parody, piano, percussion, polka… pick your poison.
More about my reckless (?) youth. I still recall the first “video game system” we ever got. It was pong, and just pong as far as I remember. (relax… I will get to the music eventually) Then came the Atari 2600. I think the first game we had was Combat (or Tank). Then came Pole Position, Space Invaders, and Surround. My favorite game we got though was Pacman. I became the top scorer in the house and in an arcade or two in town I would top the score lists for a while.
By this time I was hooked on video games. My friend and I adopted the staff from one of the arcades in town. Somewhere along the line I had a birthday and I got Buckner and Garcia’s album Pacman Fever. The single was just starting to get airplay and I loved it. Have you ever had the fever?
I was kind of born at the right time. As an elementry student we got our first Pong game. For those of you too young to know, video games started extremely basic and we were all gaga over them! It wasn’t long before we moved up to the Atari 2600. Space Invaders, Surround, Pole Position… all very boxy looking games now, but the greatest thing in the mid to late 70’s.
The Atari continued to produce new games and it wasn’t long before PacMan hit the arcades. I loved it! I was not a master at it, but I could often get the top score at the arcade. Ah, the arcades! I was a teenager and my friend had her driver’s license so we would hit the arcades in town, especially the one with the cute guys working there! We knew all of them by name in no time. We thought we were hot stuff. (I can’t help but laugh at that now!)
Arcades began to fade when home systems evolved into more memory and better graphics. We never had the Nintendo or Playstation until much later. But we played lots of games on out Atari computer. There was Preppy (a Frogger take off where you mowed the lawn at the country club) text adventure games (one, if I remember right, was called Escape and you just had to go through a series of events to make it down to the ground floor in a high rise.) and Lemmings (where you directed the lemmings which way to go so they would not die).
By the time I hit college the hot game for me was Tapper where you served beer in different saloon settings. I was the master of it in the campus game room! Then life happened and before long I became a mom and picked very carefully what my daughter played. Actually that is not true. I tried not to sensor her too much and I know she and her cousin were well below the recommended age for Conker’s Bad Fur Day.
It became a tradition in our house, when there was a snow day I would stay home and we would play Paper Mario all day. As she ages she played more and more games alone and I sat down with Animal Crossing to play a nice mind numbing game.
Now a days it is phone games or Wii. I still play video games and get all excited if there is a PacMan, Ms PacMan, or Frogger game any place we go. I hope to join a Wii bowling league when I get old enough to go to the senior center. 😂🤣
This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself. I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day. There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment. Please try to find those moments for yourself too… if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog. Being aware can really turn a day around!
My ears are ringing, my voice is fading fast from screaming and my hands are hurting from clapping so much. My niece, my daughter, her friend and I all went to an amazing concert tonight. Not the condition one would expect to be in after attending an orchestra performance. This was not a regular show though. This was “Video Games Live” – an amazing concert of all video game music, no EPIC video game music. The music was outstanding, the choir that was there to accompany them was superb… I want to go back to experience this again.
As a mature adult I remember the rise of the video game in the 80’s, to the games my daughter plays today… and you heard everything from new to old tonight. Entertaining video clips in between some of the songs played, but the big screens were mainly to show off the graphics of the games the music accompanied. And they were magnificent sights to see. From a trip down memory lane with some of the earliest games, to today’s completely realistic graphics it was a visual feast as well as musical.
The show tours around the world and works with the local orchestras to put on each show. I strongly recommend the show. It was an event I wont soon forget. I was happy to see a piece of my childhood today. And grateful that the girls asked me to travel along on this magically musical journey.