There is such a wealth of musical talent in this world. Thanks to Youtube, I am able to watch many of the world's greatest performers. In this stage of life, when I am not able to go to very many concerts, it is wonderful source of inspiration. I am just starting to share some of my favorite performers and performances with my son. It's a great way to talk about different instruments, styles and genres of music. I love this performance with Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin
I am posting a lot of videos lately and feeling a bit nostalgic. I am remembering Shirley Temple, who passed away today at 85. When I was little I had a black and white picture of Shirley Temple in my room. I loved the fact that she had curly hair like I did and somehow felt a connection to her because of that. And I also loved this song...
I love the idea of making instruments out of found objects. While I've seen instruments made out of dried vegetables such as gourds, I have never seen instruments made from fresh vegetables. Until...I discovered the Vegetable Orchestra. This group from Vienna has been playing a variety of genres of music since 1998. I'll admit it's a little weird, but so creative!
What is the most played CD's in our car? Elizabeth Mitchell hands down. These Cd's have well crafted arrangements of mostly traditional folksongs along with Elizabeth Mitchell's beautiful lyrical voice and acoustic instrumentation.
I am a big fan of the song "Froggie Went a Courtin'" - in a future post I will talk about the hundreds of versions of this song that exist in oral tradition, each with their unique nonsense refrains. High on my list of favorites is a version
Have you ever wished you could spontaneously pull out an instrument and start playing an instrument...to the surprise and awe of your family and friends? Here is your chance to learn the most affordable rhythm instrument - the spoons! It might take a little practice but this skill can take you far in life or at least make your kids laugh :).
I couldn't resist sharing these videos... Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting the Canote Brothers at Pine Woods Music Camp. These guys are twin brothers and so hilarious! They remind me of the guys on "Car Talk" with their infectious laughter. The Canote Brothers love to bring back old string band music and novelty songs. This song "Happy" just makes me smile....especially the very silly scat singing part - enjoy! Then there are those crazy nights at the dinne
Our family is a hodge-podge of musical talents. My husband and I have collected and dabbled with lots of instruments...piano, guitars, banjos, fiddles, banjo-uke, ukelele, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, tin whistle, jaw harp, washboard, spoons, drums, and saxaphone. It all started on our first date...I was getting together for breakfast with someone from church I was sure was going to be in the "friend category." From our first hours together I realized we had more in commo