Friday, January 27, 2012

Aperture Science and Opera

I blogged recently about our experience with the Swan Lake Maestro Classics CD. Gess really loved the music and even made up her own choreography for the ballet. Finding interest in the arts was great fun. Well we have found some more music appreciation from an unexpected source. For Christmas Gess got a new game called Portal 2. She just loved the original Portal and we knew this would be a big hit. Well, it just so happens that the voice for the main character in the game, Glados is opera singer Ellen McLain and Gess absolutely loved the theme song she sang during the original version's credits, Still Alive. You have to really understand the game to appreciate the lyrics but it's a still a really neat song.

Well, Ellen McLain sings a few more songs in Portal 2 and they have released the Portal 2 soundtrack and Gess absolutely loves it. Her favorite song is again sung by Ellen McLain titled Cara Mia Addio. This one is more operatic and is just simply beautiful.

In fact, it was so beautiful that Gess was inspired to dance, but she did not want to dance alone. She asked her daddy to accompany her, and he lovingly obliged. Aren't they just adorable?

Another more techno song she likes from the CD is Robots.

I tell you music appreciation can come from the strangest places! I never thought our game would get Gess talking, singing and inquiring about Opera, but hey I will roll with it!

For those wondering what Portal is well it's summed up at Wikipedia as a game that "primarily comprises a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using 'the handheld portal device', a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes." Here is the trailer for the original game. Enjoy!

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