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AC/DC: Is there anything their music cannot do?

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

A great song is a great song, no matter the genre it’s played in.  Some songs will work, some won’t, but by God, AC/DC ALWAYS works!  Oh, and the band is Finnish.  Is there anything the Scandis can’t do?  (Besides lutefisk, I mean.) In a just world, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls (oh hell yeah with the pun) would be world-famous, and Justin Bieber would be doing karaoke with his high-school chums.

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When did country music become castrated?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

If country music is the New Pop™, these lyrics from Blake Shelton’s “Doing What She Likes” are Exhibit “A”:

She likes it when I call in sick to work
Spend the whole day hanging with her
I might get fired but that’s alright
I’m doin’ what she likes

Really?  What kind of Beta Male bullshit is that?  “Gee Honey, would it be OK if I get fired because I let you tell me to stay home with you?”  Where is David Allan Coe or Johnny “Take This Job and Shove It” Paycheck?  Even wearing a rhinestone suit, Porter Wagoner was more manly than this.

Country music, RIP.

 

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Some thoughts on achievement by Dave Grohl.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

People who have never slaved over the development of a talent always seem to think that is comes easily.  “Why, I could write the Great American Novel, I just haven’t gotten around to it.”  I know several well-known authors, and they write for up to eight hours every day, because it’s their job.  I like Dave Grohl’s take on the Culture of I-Am-Now-Famous Because Some Celebrity Said I Am and the Audience Voted for Me:™

When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight fucking hours with 800 people at a convention center and… then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not fuckin’ good enough.’ Can you imagine?” he implores. “It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old fucking drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck too. And then they’ll fucking start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some shitty old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-ass shit, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a fucking computer or the internet or The Voice or American Idol.  –

Dave Grohl

Something to ponder.

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Just brilliant.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

– Wiccapundit

I never was that big a Michael Jackson fan; Quincy Jones made his career.  However, this is a badass version of Billie Jean:

The Internet is FULL of people this talented.  Where do they all come from?

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This is what real musical talent looks like.

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

Your Wiccapundit lurves him some classical music, particularly piano music of the Romantic period.  Franz Liszt was possibly the first rockstar musician, what with women screaming and fainting at his concerts and throwing their hankies at him.  (Pace Tom Jones, they probably would have thrown their underwear, but corsets are a bit much… .)  Furthermore, Roger Daltrey played Liszt in Lisztomania, the 1973 Ken Russell-directed psychedelic biopic of the man, with Rick Wakeman appearing in the film as Thor, the Nordic god of thunder.  How cool is that?  To give you an idea of what the film is like, it makes Tommy look normal.

Perhaps Liszt’s most famous composition is the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, which I can attest is a beast to play.  I now have a new favorite interpretation of this masterpiece.  Here is the performance by the superb Russian pianist Valentina Lisitsa.   She has immaculate technique, but it is ever in the service of the musicality.  Her dynamic control is extraordinary.  As you watch this, mind you that there was no video trickery used to make her fingers appear to move faster, and that this live performance was the encore.

Enjoy.

Take that, Miley Cyrus.

 

 

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Baba O’Riley on acoustic piano – Totally Awesome.

Monday, April 15th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

I stumbled on this today: a completely acoustic version of The Who’s epic Baba O’Riley on piano.   This kid plays all the parts, including the computer-sequenced arpeggiated opening riff (?!), the chords, the guitar licks, and the closing viola solo.  Oh, and he sings it too.  Then he just gets up and motherfuckin’ walks off camera.   Too cool.

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Gallery of the Intrepid: WTF? Edition

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

To thank everyone for sticking around to see if we still existed, I promised some actual, mmm, CONTENT.  This one sorta blew my mind:

Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish virtuosa percussionist.  Royal Academy of Music grad?  Check.  Grammy Award winner?  Check.  Regular extensive world tours with orchestras and collaborations with musicians ranging from Bjork to Bobby McFerrin?  Check.  Performed on Sesame Street and at the Olympic Games?  Check.   Deaf as a post?  Check.  Wait, what?

Hearing?  I don’t need no stinkin’ hearing to be a professional musician.

Glennie began to lose her hearing at age 8, and by age 12, was profoundly deaf.  You’d think that hearing would be the one thing necessary for a professional musician.  Nah, not so much.  She often performs barefoot, and feels the music through her whole body.

Here is an interesting TED talk where she plays and talks about how to really listen to music:

Moral of the story?  Don’t let anything stop you from doing what you want to do.   Deaf?  Be a musician.  Worked for Beethoven.

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Prog on piano.

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Your Wiccapundit loves him some Progressive Rock, in all its glorious forms.  Here’s one reason to believe good music will still be played many years from now, long after cheesy pop has evaporated: a solo piano version of Sound Chaser from Yes’s Relayer album.   All nine minutes of it.   The second link is the studio version of the song to compare it with, just to show how hard this song is for five guys to pull off.

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Gallery of the Intrepid – Twice as good with half the arms

Monday, August 13th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

I can’t play guitar this well with two arms…

Only one hand doesn’t stop man from playing guitar

“There’s always a way to accomplish what you want to accomplish, it’s just a matter of how.” – Lefty Williams (what a great stage name for a one-armed blues guitarist)

Message: quit whining, man up, and be successful at whatever you choose to pursue.

 

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What the hell!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Talent like this is just … sick.  This guy is shredding on four different instruments.  How insane is that?

Nice little vocal touch in the middle: “Maybe I should find a job, instead of wasting my time.”  Har.  And to show it’s not a fluke, here he is burning on Chick Corea’s insanely difficult “Got A Match?”

Skill like this should be illegal. Thankfully, it’s not.

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