The Bottle Boys make beautiful music using found instruments:
- Melodies from blowing across beer bottles (in 10-packs, carefully tuned) and
- Percussion from shaking pop bottles full of rocks and beating a large, empty carboy.
You can see the many instrumental pop songs they’ve covered at
Combine that with a quartet of three violin & a cello and you’ve got this video:
[description: All players are white, blond, male Danes. Additional melodies come from
- a glass harmonica of wine glasses, their rims excited by chopsticks, finger tips, and violin bows
- an alto pan pipe of test-tubes
- a tenor pan pipe of wine bottles
- a bass pan pipe of growlers
- inserting fingers in bottle neck and swiftly popping them
- hand slapping chest
- hands & chopsticks on the cello
- a wee plastic egg full of rice]
A better taste here: Long time favorites Lou and Peter Berryman were rousing the crowd a few weeks back, as captured on video by Luciano. There were stereo interpreters, but they're not always in frame. I don't have the energy or cognition to provide full transcripts: a couple of polished folk singers changed up the lyrics of two standards to fit current conditions.
on the frame of We Shall Not Be Moved....
We'll keep this rally rolling
We Shall Not Be Moved
Although we should be bowling...
We Shall Not Be Moved
and to the tune of My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean:
Wisconsin whose motto was 'Forward'
Was populist as it could be
But now the new motto is 'Backward'
O bring back Wisconsin to me.
and finally, all the verses to Solidarity Forever!
(what a grand song!)
Ever wondered how to ensure that the maximum amount of money goes to the musician when you buy tunes? I surely have! NPR's story says (in summary). Any retail, whether online or bricks-and-mortar, takes a huge chunk out of the transaction before the musicians see any of it. Best way to buy is direct from the band.
March 8th used to be one pivot point of my year.
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When we started listening to A Prairie Home Companion in 1977, it was cool and retro. Unfortunately Garrison Keillor decided around a decade ago that he could really sing, and now it's just annoying.
Even worse was his column this week asking the non-Christians to stay away from Christmas. In particular, why are these annoying Jews writing those annoyingly secular holiday tunes (like White Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer).
That bastion of Hebraic effete East-coast elitism, the NYTimes, followed up with Michael Feinstein's story of complaints because his Christmas program included too many Jewish songs.
Nicely matched, both linked at this TIME blog from James Poniewozik's Christmas is Too Jewish? Oy Vey.
But the real reason to follow the link is the fabulous Saturday Night Live animation, where the genuine Darleen Love sings "Christmas Time for the Jews" in all her Motown glory.
The Science of a Human Obsession
Daniel J Levitin
Eight out of ten stars.
A delightful, page-turning introduction to the neurological basis of musical performance and appreciation. I love "scientist-for-a-day" books, which explore a topic in enough depth to surprise and educate me, and are aimed at the curious lay reader who lacks calculus, chemistry, or other deep scientific fundamentals. I have the flattering illusion that I actually understand the material as I read it, and retain some high points. ( and you'll read about them in the cut )