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Jul. 5th, 2006

10:20 am - Fireworks

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I saw the fireworks with klicrai and a friend of hers. We went and saw the ones over a place in Seattle called "Gassworks Park".

They were very well done compared to fireworks I've seen previously. They were choreographed. It's not just that they had music playing, but that if you turned off the music, there were still recognizable themes running through the display. It made a big difference in how enjoyable they were to watch.

One thing about fireworks displays is that if they're just a bunch of big explosions of brightly colored light, they eventually become sort of boring to watch. Yes, you've seen the big purple balls or the streaming white ones. Of course, there might always be some new thing to surprise you, but mostly it's just the same.

But, once you add choreography, the fireworks become a vehicle by which an artist can communicate to an audience. This makes them as endlessly entertaining and engaging as any other art form.

Good fireworks are very expensive. It's a surprise to me that most municipalities I've seen are willing to invest in a lot of fireworks for displays at celebrations, but not willing to pay someone to choreograph them. Or, maybe I'm wrong and I've been too dim-witted to notice the message without any music. But I don't think so.

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Date:July 6th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
The Lake Union fireworks were particularly impressive this year. We couldn't hear the music (most of the time) from where we were watching, but were wowed by both the individual fireworks and the arrangement.
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Date:July 7th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)

klicrai most liked the cubes. :-) But she was also wowed by the sky full of jacob's ladders.

But, you're saying that this year wasn't typical of the Lake Union fireworks?

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Date:July 7th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
This was the best fireworks show I've seen in a long time. Like since 1986 (that would be Expo, and included projected laser images on the smoke).

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