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If You’re Happy and You Know It

The next time I'm annoyed with the world, I'm going to try and remember to stop what I'm doing and watch this video. And if I'm still annoyed, I'm going to take a page from John Cage and listen to it again. Just a couple from Iowa (married for 62 years!) having a little fun with music, a little fun with life. The first video is reportedly of an impromptu performance in a waiting area at the Mayo Clinic. This follow-up report is a more formal presentation featuring the same awesome … [Read more...]

Plot Device, Part II

Kinda what I think of when I think about creativity. [via] … [Read more...]

Playground Bullies (Musician Edition)

I was lucky enough to have some great teachers growing up, but Vi Hart (mathemusician!) takes the cake (again). What is up with Noises? (The Science and Mathematics of Sound, Frequency, and Pitch) Now then, when is recess? [via] … [Read more...]

Love the One You’re With, A Reflection

Colin Holter posed a question in his post this morning on NewMusicBox that I'd like to consider here as well: We can agree that it is thought that the patrons of classical music in the United States are old and getting older. That’s the conventional wisdom. So let me ask you this: Have you ever read a piece of serious writing on the attitudes of the elderly toward classical music? If, as is often assumed, the over-70 crowd exerts a powerful influence over the institutions that deliver … [Read more...]

Navigating the Brave New World

I was a late convert to the e-reader. Yet once I got going,  its 24/7 ready-access to the world of literature at the click of a button made me an easy candidate for seduction. Lately, however, I have been getting lost in the Amazon Kindle Store, the victim of too many choices shelved on a flat virtual table with no personal "you're going to love this one!" identification system yet worked out for myself. (I have never been a kindred spirit of the NYTimes bestseller list readers, and my … [Read more...]

Something Lovely This Way Comes

There will be some actual content from me later in the week, but meanwhile I'll let Jan Swafford write the new music jokes and handle the analysis. Plus! Something beautiful I just saw on the internet: [via] … [Read more...]

This Is Only a Commercial

My patience level doesn't often allow me to get terribly engaged in online video of much length. That said, this fun little production piece, designed to showcase a bit of video editing software, didn't lose me for even a second. For those trying to enjoy the holiday weekend without an excess of online distraction, I still think it's worth the time investment. And for those hiding from a family picnic in an upstairs bedroom, it's entertaining enough to watch twice! Be sure not to miss the extra … [Read more...]

Information On Demand

Plus ca change: that was then and this is now. Amazing all around. … [Read more...]

The Devil In the Details

I'm pretty sure I've met this person once or twice in my line. Another brilliant bit of observation from xkcd . Check out the full comic here. Very much worth it, I promise. Totally unrelated to the above, aside from the "detail" angle, those who are confused by the intersection of art and fair use (pretty much everyone!) will want to check this "Kind of Screwed" post by Andy Baio covering his 8-bit tribute to Kind of Blue and the album art legal horror show re: licensing that ensued. … [Read more...]

Video Vacation

At first I though it would be a bit much for me to feature yet another new Kutiman video here on MTG, but it's so lovely and I don't want anyone to miss it, so here it is. This time, rather than mine the messy treasure trove that we call YouTube, he uses clips of musicians he filmed himself while wandering through the streets of Jerusalem. Beautiful stuff. [via] And if you, like me, once had a serious case of Michael Jackson fandom, then perhaps you, like me, could really use the … [Read more...]

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