Twin Peaks Fest Pictures

Post by Scott Ryan

I did it!  After 25 years, I finally went to the Red Room’s Mecca.  I went to the Twin Peaks Festival.  I have plans to make a documentary of the experience but that may take a few months.  I didn’t want to wait to share my pictures with you, so here we go.

IMG_3082 copyThe Double R diner is just as exciting to see as you might imagine.

 

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This is where they filmed the Sheriff Station

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My wife sitting in Lucy’s spot.  Does this make me Andy?

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Here is what is left of the smoke stacks from the Saw Mill.

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This is the bus tour in front of Nadine and Big Ed’s House.  I asked everyone to pretend they were Nadine and cover an eye. Notice that our frequent guest, David Bushman, refused.

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The hotel where Laura and Teresa Banks stayed

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Brad Dukes (buy his book about Twin Peaks it is amazing) and I welcome you to Twin Peaks in the exact spot from the credits.

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Ronette’s Bridge from the pilot

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This is the mountain in the back of FWWM when Chet and Sam talk

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The Great Northern looks exactly the same.  I got a little emotional here.

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It was great to meet former guests of our show.  I put their claim to fame by their picture.  I was honored to be around these wonderful people.  The Red Room has been blessed with great guests.

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This is John Thorne.  He is THE MAN as far as I am concerned. He was the co-editor of Wrapped in Plastic Magazine.  If you have not listened to my interview with him, listen here.

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Another group of Twin Peaks Guru’s.  The guy in the middle, Josh Eisenstadt, knows everything about Twin Peaks.  He also said he would put me in touch with Sheryl Lee for an interview so he may be my favorite human ever!

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This is my recreation of what it would be like to meet Sheryl Lee.  Sam K. was dressed as Laura from the final episode.  She enchanted me with her Black Lodge Mojo

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This is me humbly being interviewed for a German magazine.  She had listened to the Red Room before coming to the fest to study up on Twin Peaks.  This was a first for the Red Room.

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This is Matt H from The Twin Peaks Podcast and I re-creating the fight between Sheriff Cable and Agent Desmond in FWWM in the spot it was filmed.  I am very glad that with all the fighting that goes on between Twin Peaks internet sites that the Red Room is friends with everyone.  I am honored to guest on Twin Peaks Podcast and happy to have them.  No real fighting here just respect. Also Matt had a hilarious video play at movie night.

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This is Sparkwood and 21 where Laura jumps off the Bike.

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John Thorne has an original poker chip that Cooper held…and now I have too.

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Brad and I playing BOB and Wyndom in the Red Room.  (picture taken by Cherie Savoie Tintary)

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This chair is the ACTUAL chair Cooper sits in when he is in the Red Room (picture taken by Cherie Savoie Tintary)

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You want celebrity pictures.  LOG LADY

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Ronette Pulaski was so nice.  She took time with everyone.

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Jonny Leppell was nice enough to jump with me as he did in FWWM as the boy behind the mask.

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Charlotte Stewart was nice enough to agree to an interview.  Coming soon.

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Ran into Kimmy or Lucy at the Double R

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We got a picture with Lucy and Dick

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If you meet Mike Nelson, you know he has to bully you.  (Thanks Gary for being a good sport about this picture)

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Here they are wrapping me in plastic at the exact spot where Laura was found

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So nice of Brad Dukes to cry over me ala Andy

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Here Gentle is dressed up as LIL from FWWM for the contest.

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Mary or @televixen is dressed as Teresa Banks. I thought her outfit was the best she looks just like her.   Good news, Televixen is going to come on the show to discuss females in Sci-fi.

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Courtenay and I left cards for the Red Room Podcast at the Double R.

 

I could post a million more pictures but I don’t want to be an old Grandmother.  The trip was amazing and I suggest you all go to the Twin Peaks Fest facebook page and check it out.  I am sorry I don’t have more pictures of the staff that puts this weekend together. I have a few but I figured if I posted just some, I might hurt some feelings.  THE STAFF WAS INCREDIBLE.  Take this trip if you can and thanks to everyone.

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Podcast: Summer Series Recap

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Josh & Scott return for a quick summer recap of the series that are airing now.  We discuss the cancellation of Hannibal, the return of True Detective (no spoilers), and discuss the prison system of Orange Is The New Black.  We also have a tough love discussion about how Twin Peaks has handled their return to television compared to The X-Files.  We discuss how Letterman handled his departure from television compared with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.

Scott will be attending the 2015 Twin Peaks Fest, please follow him on Instagram to see all the cool photos and our Twitter Feed for updates on that.  We also ask fans to start sending in Audio Clips for our 100th show which will debut this fall when we return.

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My First David Lynch Defense in 1993

cooper20 years before the Red Room Podcast was even dreamed about, I was out there defending David Lynch.  In 1993, I made a documentary about movie directors with a co-worker at a Video Store.  I was like Quentin Tarantino without all that pesky fame and money.  We each picked different directors that we loved and I picked Lynch.  This was 1993 when everyone hated Lynch.  Fire Walk With Me had just bombed and people had even turned their backs on Wild At Heart.  in 1993, they were now saying WAH shouldn’t have ever won at the Cannes Film fest in 1990.  Since I loved both films, this bothered me greatly.  What else could a boy with a VHS video camera do?

I had to fight back. I only had one way and that was to dress up as Agent Cooper and defend Lynch.  I have never shown this video publicly but as I am getting ready to attend the Twin Peaks Fest, I figured, why not show the world my Cooper imitation.  Before you watch remember this was 1993.  There was no computer editing.  There was no IMac Final Cut, just VCR to VCR and everything had to be done in one take.  The video runs 16 minutes and I like that I still agree my assessment 21 years later.  You can watch the video below or head out to You Tube.

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15 Best Twin Peaks Music Tracks

Now that we can breathe a sigh of relief that all is well in Twin Peaks, I thought I would take a moment to talk about the music.  What Angelo Badalamenti did with the score of Twin Peaks has never been accomplished before or since.  From the heights of dancing in the diner or dancing in the Red Room to the lows of James and Donna singing, the music was always worth discussing.  I really hope we get new tracks as well as use of the old ones in Season 3.  I have listed my favorite 15 tracks from both seasons and the movie.

1. Theme from Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me (Saxaphone) – FWWM I have always thought the theme to FWWM was amazing, but this version might be a bit better.  Once the deleted scene of Big Ed and Norma was released on the box set, it really became my favorite track.  The fact that the characters comment on the song during the scene makes it even sweeter.  This is my all time favorite TP song.

2. Hook Rug Dance – Season 2  Even though this is called Hook Rug Dance, it is the Annie, Cooper, Gordon, Shelly, Log Lady scene that this song reminds me of.  I call it the Happy Scene.  There is so much fun in this scene and this song.  I think this is the perfect ringtone.  Makes you just want to go to Twin Peaks.  I never get sick of this track.

3. Annie and Cooper – Season 2  When Cooper and Annie dance the night before the Miss Twin Peaks Contest, you feel all the love and longing that Cooper has had for many years.  You can make the argument that this romance happened too quickly but in the long run, it makes more sense for Cooper to find love with an adult and not a high school girl.  The use of the saxophone, as used in other Cooper themes, is a great idea to connect the character.  Not with the use of Jazz but Love.

4. Josie and Truman – Season 2  The mood that is created of Harry’s hangover as he remembers his time with Josie is captured perfectly with this song.  It isn’t like we ever really invest in this relationship but we know that Harry did so we feel his pain.  This song captures the doomed love that was their relationship.  With a subtitle of Love is Hell, this is another home run for Angelo.

5. Great Northern Annie – Season 2   There are 4 piano tunes that were released from the Great Northern.  What I like about these solo piano tracks is the fact that you can hear parts of many different themes.  This is the kind of track that proves there is always music in the air.  As a piano player, I really wish these tracks would have come out in sheet music.  I picked the one entitled Great Northern Annie because my iTunes says this is the one I listen to the most.

6. Dance of the Dream Man (Original)  – Season 1  As you can see, I usually listen to some of the lesser known tracks. Not many of my picks are the famous tunes.  Probably because I had the Season 1 CD since the day it came out in late summer of 1990.  But you can never get sick of this track.  It was our first glimpse of the Red Room and so crazy to see Michael Anderson dance to that bass.  It is a classic for a reason and a major theme for many other songs.

7. The Voice Of Love – FWWM  For most of our lives this was the last song we heard in the TP story.  How perfect that it was the voice of love.  On this list I only picked instrumentals, but the vocal track by Julee Cruise is also moving.  I love that the happy ending we get is Laura’s death and this song has the sadness and the hope of Laura’s journey.  Will someone please play this at my funeral.  In fact, put it on repeat and drop it in my casket, Leland Palmer style.

8. Audrey’s Prayer – Season 2  This has all the same chords and feel as Questions In A World  Of Blue and is basically the theme for Season 2.  I like to think of it as the love theme to Cooper and Audrey that never comes to fruition.  This song scores one of Audrey’s best scenes.  You can see she is trying to be brave as she balances her fear.  Keep that fear away, BOB is near!

9. The Bookhouse Boys  – Season 1  Another track from the first CD.  This mix is never exactly in an episode but it pulls together a couple of the running themes from the first year.  You get a bit of Bobby, Catherine, Ben, Cooper and all kinds of themes in this one track.  It was way high on  my iTunes play count and I can see why.  This was a track that started me down the life long path of being an Angelo fan.

10.Packards’ Vibration – Season 2  This is such a mood setting song.  The constant hit of that synth chord makes you just know that trouble is on the way.  I always equate this song with the reassurance of quality at the end of Season 2.  Those last few episodes let you know that trouble is brewing and you just feel trouble on the way.

11. Birds In Hell – FWWM If you missed the time when David Lynch released all these tracks for purchase I feel bad for you.  It was a great time to be a lover of the music of the show.  I  now have over 240 tracks of music.  This one really surprised me.  It is such a beautiful piece of music and has such a classical feel to it.  Angelo had the task of writing a song that represents Laura’s last day of Earth.  Also what about the title, Birds in Hell.  Hope in the middle of Hell.  Man, I love Twin Peaks.

sm rr_swing12. RR Swing – FWWM   This short track has all the swing and movement of true Twin Peaks.  Every time I hear it, I can see Shelley and Laura preparing the meals on wheels at the RR Diner.  The proof that Angel is the best are these “throw away moments” that he scores with music that is totally different than the rest of TP catalog.  Think of the Pine Weasel, The Norwegians or Dick Tremayne’s Theme.  All different.  All Perfect.

13. Dark Mood Woods – Season 2  There is many a discussion about the second season of Twin Peaks but there is no denying that the music is superior in Season 2.  Dark Mood Woods is the heart of the season and the soul of the woods.  When this track starts up you feel the unease of the Douglas Firs; you know that something is in the air and you watch on the edge of your seat. I may not have many darker picks on this list, but this one is one of my favorite Dark Themes.

14. Laura Palmer’s Theme  – Season 1  It is OK for you to be mad at me for having this so low and Falling not even making the list.  It probably has a lot to do with having heard them so much over the last 25 years.  There are so many great releases.  But you can’t hear this without thinking of Laura.  It is the theme of all themes and had to make the list.  This is a fun one to play on the piano, always scares the kids.

15. Half Heart (Solo) – FWWM  The pervious track is what Laura is known for.  Can you imagine the writing task Angelo had in FWWM when he had to come up with another love theme for Laura?  Half Heart does it.  If The Laura Palmer theme is the deceased Laura’s Theme then this song of sadness and love is the living Laura Palmer.  This doesn’t score much of the movie and plays in a small scene but once you hear the full track you have to be moved with the brilliance of it.

 

Of course I could pick more themes because there are so many but those are my top 15 according to my iTunes play lists, my ranking and my heart.  As I have said many times for me the music is my favorite part of the series.  I look forward to hearing some new ones in only a year or so. Special thanks to Ross Dudle for the use of his great MP3 Covers.

 

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‘A Thing Like That’: The Mad Men Finale

 

Mad Men -- Don Meditating“Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern.” Frank O’Hara, Meditations in an Emergency

“But what is happiness? It’s a moment before you need more happiness.” Don Draper

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Don Draper’s existential crisis leading up to a transformation of personality or situation seems like a red herring after watching the finale. We’ve spent seven seasons bearing witness to Don Draper trying to come to terms with his past as Dick Whitman. The series dealt with themes such as identity, memory, lies and nostalgia. The finale complicates those themes for sure.

The pilot, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” reveals Don Draper, a Madison Avenue advertising man in 1960, who is trying to figure our how to pitch cigarettes to the public – a public becoming increasingly more aware that cigarettes are not only bad for you – they kill. Draper begins the series by selling a terrible lie – a lie that culminates in his ex-wife, Betty Draper Francis, getting lung cancer by 1970.

The other terrible lie is that Don Draper is not who he claims he is. He is Dick Whitman, son of a prostitute and a “dishonest” man, who took the identity of his commanding officer in the Korean War in order to get sent home early and start a new life. Draper has wrestled with this past throughout the decade of the 1960s. We’ve seen him grapple with the Whitman/Draper identity through flashbacks and in his relationships, both professional and personal.

Don has been shedding his identity throughout this last season. His divorce from Megan is finalized. His apartment is bare. He leaves McCann Erickson, the city of New York, and his family behind. He sheds his suit and gives his Cadillac to a young con man in the making – the next generation Dick Whitman. Don is leaving his old life behind. But, is he becoming someone or something else? Is he finally becoming an honest man?

mad-men Don in meetingWhen Don Draper reaches California, I assumed his journey might culminate in two very different ways: perhaps he finds peace and solace with his ex-wife Anna Draper’s niece Stephanie, or perhaps he dies – either in a self-inflicted alcoholic haze or by marching into the ocean after shedding his clothes – a la the Royal Hawaiian Hotel pitch from the season six premiere. Either way, I thought he’d eventually fess up to his original name. Don does encounter Stephanie, but she abandons him at a new-age retreat in Northern California.

It is at the Esalen Institute in Northern California where Don encounters his brush with enlightenment and discovers, as all clues would have us believe, the biggest idea of his career up until this point: the “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” commercial, which aired in 1971 and was conceived by an actual ad man from McCann Erickson. Although the ending of the finale is ambiguous – some have argued that Don’s smile during his meditative pose suggests he does find Nirvana separate from advertising, and it was someone else who came up with the Coke ad (more on that in a moment).

If the Coke commercial is connected to Don’s smile during meditation, that means he returned to McCann, pitched the idea, and created advertising history. At the end of the finale, Don Draper seems to remain the man he always has been to us – the viewers. He is an ad man who pitches amazing ideas, lapses into alcoholism and retreats from life, embarking on a spiritual journey of existential crisis. He returns to everything he’s abandoned, but this time with a bigger and better idea. He’s still selling the lie.

The finale of “Mad Men” left me with a slew of emotions. Matthew Weiner thoroughly warned us that we might be disappointed. He also said he didn’t owe us anything. I respect that statement. My prediction for Don included him remaining in California (the location of his spiritual quests throughout the series) and officially becoming Dick Whitman, embracing his real identity. I wasn’t expecting a happy ending, but I was expecting a transformation. But “Mad Men” rarely delivers our expectations, which is one of the many reasons I appreciate the show, and, at the same time, find it frustrating.

Don Draper does not change. He’s repeating the same patterns that he always has: abandon work and family and travel to California to sort out his current existential crisis. He emerges seemingly reborn with a new pitch. It’s like an extended version of “The Suitcase,” in which Draper avoids the news of Anna’s death as he and Peggy struggle to discover a pitch for Samsonite. A lot of agonizing and alcohol are involved. At the end of the episode, he learns of Anna’s death, confronts mortality and comes up with a dynamite idea.

It should not be shocking that Don Draper emerges from a terrible time of crisis and meditation with the perfect pitch for Coca-Cola. He has, after all, died and gone to “advertising heaven,” having been promised the Coke account by Jim Hobart. Coke haunts him on his journey. Before he leaves the Miller meeting at McCann, he takes his boxed roast-beef sandwich but not the Coke can. When he’s stranded at the motel in Oklahoma, he is asked to fix an old Coke machine – Don finally gets to work on Coke! He seems reluctant.

The last images of Don include the following and preclude the Coke commercial. He wakes up at Esalen to find Stephanie gone. He encounters the lady at the reception area who has red ribbons in her hair – similar to the woman in the Coke commercial. He calls Peggy, and Peggy tells him “I know you get sick of things, and you run, but you can come home. McCann will take you back in a second. Apparently it’s happened before.” He confesses his sins to Peggy – “I messed everything up. I’m not the man you think I am. I broke all my vows. I scandalized my child. I took another man’s name, and made nothing of it.” He encounters and embraces the everyman office worker Leonard in the group meeting when Don hears the man’s confession of his invisibility. Finally, Don emerges on the hilltop over looking the ocean with the sun dancing on his face. The final scene reveals Don Draper sitting lotus-style – a smile flashes across his face. Then, the 1971 Coke commercial reveals the hilltop multicultural menagerie singing about harmony and a soft drink.

Did Don just discover enlightenment? And was enlightenment the Coke commercial idea that’s revealed in the very next scene? The ending is ambiguous, but I believe (and I’m certainly not alone) in thinking the preceding scenes suggest they are connected. Don always pulled ideas from his own experiences. Esalen specialized in Gestalt psychology, in which perception is supposed to be a complex result of various stimuli. The chaos in Don’s life allows him to conceptualize a tidy world of multicultural capitalism lived in spiritual and musical harmony.

In many ways, the Coke commercial is the perfect summation of the 1960s and of Don Draper: romanticism meets materialism – a suitable definition of modernity. What unnerves me is the crass combination of the spiritual and the commodity. The song, for many of us who were born in the 1970s or earlier, represents the nostalgia associated with the commercial. The nostalgia, which we learn from Don in season one’s “The Wheel” in Greek, “literally means, ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone.” The song does not suggest giving the world a Coke, but, instead, buying the world a Coke. There is an exchange of capital. This is not a gift. It represents the times – the influence of the global market, a multicultural mix of people, and the desire for something real to be found in the bottom of a glass bottle. It’s the real thing. But, it’s not free. It’s for sale. It’s a cynical idea.

“Mad Men” left me with questions about nostalgia and how we market ideas. There is both pleasure and pain and death in the material. In one sense, the spiritual should be discovered beyond the material. But, another way of looking at this ending is that, for Don Draper, the spiritual and material coexist. My favorite episode is the season six finale “In Care Of.” The episode contains the famous Hershey pitch, in which Draper recalls the memory of being a poor child living in a brothel and the rare moments of love involved in the ritual of buying, opening and consuming a Hershey bar. It’s easy to dismiss the material, but sometimes objects are the only ones who love us back. This is a depressing thought, but less cynical than a different interpretation.

The ambiguous ending of Don Draper’s “ohm” left me uncomfortable. But I expected this. Strangely, the other characters’ lives seemed too easily wrapped up in the finale. Peggy and Stan reveal their love even though Peggy’s love life didn’t need to be defined. Where’s the chick with the sunglasses, cigarette hanging out of her mouth and Bert’s crazy octopus painting strapped under her arm? Pete, Trudy and Tammy happily board the Lear Jet – a nuclear family at last. Joan and Kevin’s babysitter start Holloway-Harris in Joan’s apartment. Roger and Marie Calvet consume loads of Champagne and lobster in French Canada. Sally dutifully washes dishes as Betty smokes the last of her days away. I was hoping that we had already seen the last of these characters and the finale would focus on Don. But Matthew Weiner rarely writes what we expect him to. And, that is why I appreciate “Mad Men.” It shatters my expectations. It makes me think. Can any of us, as Peggy said was her goal, “create something of lasting value,” especially in the world of capitalism and advertising? And, in the end, can people change?

Is the ambiguity in “Mad Men’s” finale indicative that, in true Gestalt theory, the sum is not just greater than its parts; it’s something altogether different? It depends on how you perceive it. And perception is everything. It’s the real thing. Or is it? Either way, it has left me flummoxed, and, to sum up the show using Pete Campbell’s ambivalent response to all sorts of occasions: Mad Men – “a thing like that …”

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New Podcast: Mad Men Series Finale review

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Podcast: The End of David Letterman’s Late Show

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Scott discusses the end of Letterman on CBS with @ByeLetterman Twitter account handler, Jeff Zuk. We discuss the best guests, Dave’s legacy and why Scott still hates Leno after all these years.   The end of Dave is the saddest thing to happen to Scott on TV ever.  Jeff is here to put it in perspective and try to keep Scott’s spirits up.  It’s The end of Late Show With David Letterman and Scott’s not fine.

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