The main issue I had with this is that the original is only 1 minute long. So I had a few options 1.) repeat it 3 times 2.) variations on a theme 3.) rearrange it and throw in a sweet solo. I chose 2, and I’m so happy with how this turned out.
So I’m sitting here thinking about so many things. Remember the Nintendo NES videogame? Rafael was the worst. The movie? Shredder fell into a dump truck or something. The song? Who could forget. The arcade game? Amazing. This show basically took over my childhood, and dressing as Leonardo every Halloween.
As an arranger, I wanted this piece to be powerful like a ‘fighting team’ coming together to overcome a villain. That’s what this piece means to me - that if we’re ever going to fight a villain then we have to stick together, be fearless, and be willing.
One of the more frustrating aspects of our engagement with global climate change is that the crisis is manifesting itself in various ways right now, whereas the proposed solutions always seem to be gradual and incremental “works in progress.” Take the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, which has been assembling for 15 years, with — let’s be honest — precious little to show for it. The ramifications of a warmer world are already upon us; but it’s not always easy to find agencies, programs or projects that are meeting the urgent problems with practical, shovel-ready solutions.
Which is why it’s so refreshing to hear of something like the Climate Resilience Lab, organized by PopTech, a “community of innovators” best known for their unorthodox, “disruptive” approach to problem-solving and their annual conferences up in Maine. For three days in late February, the Lab brought together a diverse group of experts in Nairobi, Kenya, where they all collaborated on new ways of helping vulnerable communities deal with the impacts of climate change.
One of climate change’s cruelest ironies is that its impact is felt most by those who are least responsible for it — namely, the rural poor in the developing world. With that in mind, the Lab focused its energies on agrarian communities, and paid particular attention, as PopTech president Leetha Filderman explained to me, “on the role that adolescent girls and women might play in building community-based climate resilience strategies.”