The following theme will work great for boys as well as girls. You just need to know your child's favorite cartoon character. Then, get toys of those characters if they are available in the stores. Or else you will have to fall back on the same option of cutting out pictures from the photocopies of pages of your child's story book, or draw and color them yourself. What about calling your kids' friends over and playing a DVD of that cartoon character?
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip, Concord assembled this compilation of compositions that the pianist recorded for the soundtracks to various Peanuts television specials, some of which were previously issued on his Fantasy albums, plus a few alternate takes and songs that have never previously appeared on disc. A pair of songs recorded by for Windham Hill were also licensed for inclusion. , who earlier in his career had worked as a sideman with , recorded a few albums of his own, and won a Grammy for his composition "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," earned lasting fame for his infectious piece "Linus and Lucy," a piece that became so famous for its opening vamp alone that it is instantly recognizable to any fan of the Peanuts cartoon specials. Some songs have aged better than others. The pieces utilizing electric keyboards sound dated, particularly "Peppermint Patty," "Charlie's Blues," and "Joe Cool," though trumpeter is part of the band on the latter two tracks, but he doesn't solo. Alternate takes were located for "Frieda (With the Naturally Curly Hair)" and "Schroeder," while the campy "Little Birdie" features a rare vocal by the pianist, though the muted trumpet and backing band (aside from the rhythm section) are uncredited. recorded a number of television soundtracks after the success of A Boy Named Charlie Brown, though his premature death from a heart attack at the age of 47 in early 1976 saddened both Peanuts and jazz fans. Since this collection focuses on pieces that are portraits of characters within the strip, and many of 's Peanuts-themed songs were previously issued on the Fantasy CD , the label would have been left with a rather abbreviated album, unless it chose to license tracks from 's sole Warner Bros. LP, , or recordings by other jazz artists for other labels. It is surprising that two tracks recorded by new age pianist (who recorded an album of 's Peanuts songs for Windham Hill in 1996) were included to get this collection to at least LP length. , who has frequently been savaged by jazz journalists (especially the late ), plays with a little more gusto than on his own pieces in "The Masked Marvel" and a reprise of "Linus and Lucy," though his playing has a mechanical feel to it and his improvising skills are not at the level of a jazz pianist. 's detailed liner notes give extensive background to each of the characters portrayed. The number of previously unavailable tracks will make of interest to fans of , though it falls short of being an essential CD by the late pianist.
Rodney Thompson described themes as a “third pillar of character creation”, and I think this is where they really shine. Where race describes who a character is and class describes how a character approaches problems, a good theme can help define why a character is adventuring by tying the character to the world. The themes in the Dark Sun Campaign Setting largely take this approach and provide a link between a character and the setting that can’t easily be accomplished with the D&D races and classes alone. For example, the Templar and Veiled Alliance themes link characters directly to organizations in the world of Athas. Those strong story ties can then be used by players to guide roleplaying and by DMs as a source of adventure hooks and story complications during the game.
Unfortunately, this idea doesn’t seem to hold up as well with some of the themes released so far in Dragon magazine. For instance, in the , Alchemist and Animal Master instead just seem like a collection of new powers that don’t really say anything extra about the character’s role in the world. I hope those two end up being an exception and future themes are more focused on being a link between the character and the game’s setting rather than just a way to introduce new powers.
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