Those of you who’ve been visiting me here for a little while might have guessed I really dig the cello. It’s a sound that crawls right into your bones and echoes through your blood.
As a beginning cellist and music lover, I find inspiration in a variety of musical places. Today, I offer you one of my favorites, Brooklyn Duo playing a cello and piano cover of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters:
Last week, I shared one of my musical inspirations with you, Kevin Olusola. Not only does he create beautiful music on my favorite instrument, the cello, but he plays so joyfully. It’s beautiful to watch as well as listen to him.
Another of my inspirations are The Piano Guys. They both play so beautifully, and the cellist radiates passion and joy in his playing. My favorite piece of theirs is O Come, O Come Emmanuel.
I’m learning this piece on the cello right now. I’ve roughly got the first minute and a half or so, but I’ll need a lot more skills to play the rest of it, including learning new fingering positions. In the mean time, I’m enjoying absorbing every moment of The Piano Guys playing.
For the last week, my daughter and I have been participating in a strings camp (she on the violin and I on the cello), and tonight is our finale concert. It’s been a tremendous amount of work but a roughly equal amount of fun.
Yesterday, during the 433rd play through of the most challenging song in our lineup, there was a moment where we were all completely in sync. The difficult rhythm came together, and something magic happened. I don’t know about anybody else, but I felt relaxed, calm and totally in the moment. Although it’s a fast tempo piece, I felt like I had all the time in the world to make each bow stroke.
The magic lasted only a few lines, but it made me want more. If I wanted to play well before, I want to strive even harder now. I want to be able to slide into that little magic zone as often as possible, whether I’m playing alone or in group. I’m hooked.
In honor of the end of strings camp and that magic moment, I want to share a cellist that inspires me. Everything he does with his music is magic:
Do spectres haunt the halls of your mind? Rattling their ghostly chains. Footsteps echoing. The doors of your memory creaking. Moaning, wailing and generally being a pain in the posterior lobe?
I’m haunted by movie lines, commercials and sometimes even words (like “anesthesia”…isn’t that a weird word? Just say it a couple of times. Really draw it out. There you go. Now you know what I mean.) but mostly songs. Mostly old songs but some new. They rise, unbidden, from their graves to pester me at random moments. And believe me when I tell you that many of these spirits are malevolent, hounding me until I slip up and say whatever it is they’ve been wailing about out loud.
As a kid I couldn’t get enough of Weird Al Yankovic‘s parodies on the hottest pop songs. After being bombarded with Madonna’s Like a Virgin and Michael Jackson’s Beat It on the radio and MTV, who didn’t love Al’s Like a Surgeon and Just Eat it? With YouTube, it seems like song parodies are flourishing and there are some pretty hilarious ones. Here are a few of my favorites…
*By the way, some or all of these may not be appropriate for work place viewing or younger viewers…so hide in the break room or make the kiddies go out and play*