The Masters of Song Fu is series of songwriting constests run by Quick Stop Entertainment. For each contest the contestants must complete a series of songwriting challenges, each of which has specific requirements the songwriter must meet.
Molly Lewis was the winner of the recently completed Song Fu #3. This was her entry for the third challenge.
Maxime is my 3 year old nephew and he likes to watch music videos on my laptop. Here are his top 5 favorite videos. I've included links to each video in case the powers that be decide to disable embedded video.
5. Arturo Márquez, Danzón No. 2 - Gustavo Dudamel, Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra
In this video Gustavo Dudamel leads the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra (Venezuela's national high-school-age youth orchestra) in a performance for the February 2009 TED Conference. Dudamel and the Orchestra are a product of El Sistema.
I've included the whole video here as it's worth watching. However, for Maxime I only play the Orchestra's performance of Arturo Márquez' Danzón No. 2. Maxime seems to have a bit of a connection with Gustavo, perhaps it's the hair.
4. Gnarls Barkley, Crazy
I love this song and for some reason my nephew does too. I wouldn't have expected him to like this song. Maybe it's the uniforms or maybe he just likes good music.
3. Colbie Caillat, Bubbly
Maxime's brother and sister like this one too. I've embedded a live version of the song as the record company has disabled embedding the promotional video, which is the video I play for my nephew. You'll find a link to that video below.
2. Coldplay, The Scientist
Not sure if it's the whole backward thing or the scene of kids playing basketball that does it for him.
1. Natalie Imbruglia, Torn
Great song, pretty girl, falling walls... what more could a 3 year old kid want?
Sita Sings the Blues in an animated movie created by Nina Paley (wikipedia). Using 4 different animation styles, Paley weaves together the breakup of her marriage, the singing of Annette Hanshaw and the epic story of Ramayana.
Here is a link to the YouTube page for Sita Sings the Blues with larger picture and the playlist setup for all 10 parts.
There is a ton of music and video that, for a variety of reasons, is being kept in the storage vaults. While there is good reason why much of this isn't commercially viable, some of it is culturally significant.
Nina Simone's performance at the Harlem Festival in 1969 is outstanding. Unfortunately, it is also not commercially available. However, it is available for viewing on YouTube. This video contains the first two songs from her set.
Watch the remainder of Nina's performance at Arthur Magazine.
hat tip Ray Beckerman
A serious injury to my knees brought to an end my brief stint as a truck driver. While there are things I don't miss about the job, I regret missing out on the opportunity to travel the highways of this continent and see more of Canada and the U.S. Certainly, the job does not allow one to be a tourist and spend time seeing the sites. However, you aren't always travelling interstate highways and the businesses you load and unload the trailer aren't always located near major cities. Driving through small towns was a lot of fun. On one occasion I drove through a small lakeside town and while pulling a 53' trailer on a twisty, narrow road left me little time enjoy the sites what I did see was great.
It might be a while before my knees will be up to some long distance road trips (this summer I'll find out how they hold up on a 6 hour trip) and can go on some real road trips. When I do, they will hopefully trips where I can do some exploring rather than rushing by at 100kph in an 18 wheeler.
Watch the Ironic Iconic America promo video