VIDEO:  “Word Crimes” is brilliant
Humor / Music News & Info: Rock, Jazz, World Music, etc.

VIDEO: “Word Crimes” is brilliant

A tip of the hat to Shannita Williams (LA Opera’s Associate Director of Communications, Social Media) for pointing me towards “Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest release, “Word Crimes,” an absolutely spot-on ode to proper grammar and word usage, set to the tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” I’m a little sad he didn’t skewer “very unique” in his rant, and … Continue reading

Music Video:  post-April-Fool’s-Day classical music fun and silliness, care of the excellent duoW
Humor / Music News & Info: Classical / Reviews 2013/2014

Music Video: post-April-Fool’s-Day classical music fun and silliness, care of the excellent duoW

I hope you survived April Fool’s Day without a scratch to either your person or psyche.  I witnessed some good-natured April Fool’s Day pranks, and managed to fall victim to none of it. FWIW:  I’m a big fan of silly fun, and feel that there’s not enough of it during the other 364 days of the … Continue reading

And now for something completely different:  a chronological cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”
Humor / Music News & Info: Rock, Jazz, World Music, etc.

And now for something completely different: a chronological cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”

Mad props to the esteemed Brian Lauritzen for unearthing this gem.  As he says, it’s better than the original.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with the audio — it’s supposed to be like that, you’ll see. (Oh, and if you’re wondering what the original is like, click HERE) Continue reading

Humor / Music News & Info: Classical / Pacific Symphony

Some much needed levity, of both high brow and low brow variety

I was going to finish my review of this past Saturday’s Los Angeles Philharmonic Mahler 5 concert, or of András Schiff‘s sparkling take on Book 2 of The Well-Tempered Clavier before that, or the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s excellent organ concert before both of them. Instead, I figured I’d post a couple of funny things to … Continue reading

Twitter: where Esa-Pekka Salonen and The Rite Offspring (?!) coexist
Humor / Music News & Info: Classical / Music News & Info: Rock, Jazz, World Music, etc.

Twitter: where Esa-Pekka Salonen and The Rite Offspring (?!) coexist

For the longest time when it came to Twitter, I fought the power.  I thought it served best as a source of comedic fodder for late night talk shows and their friends (e.g. how could anything ever top this brilliance?  I gained a newfound respect for Josh Groban after seeing it). I finally jumped into … Continue reading

Musical and visual delights for your Independence Day
Humor / Music News & Info: Classical

Musical and visual delights for your Independence Day

Happy Birthday, United States of America! The typical celebratory music for the occasion would be a march by John Philip Sousa.  Certainly, Sousa marches such as The Stars and Stripes Forever, The Washington Post, and Semper Fidelis, are the very definition of patriotic marches for most Americans. Of course, there are other American marches by … Continue reading

Classical music marketing:  Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)
Beer / Drink / Humor / Music News & Info: Classical

Classical music marketing: Norm Lebrecht needs a beer or two (updated)

Back in 2007, long before All is Yar was a mere Fig Newton of my imagination, Victoria Bitter (VB) beer company teamed with the Melbourne Symphony and Orchestra Victoria — playing together as the “Victoria Bitter Orchestra” — to create a unique commercial:  it featured the combined orchestras playing VB’s jingle using variations on a theme … Continue reading

Turning pages:  it can’t be that hard, can it?
Humor / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Music News & Info: Classical

Turning pages: it can’t be that hard, can it?

Thoughts of this coming weekend’s concerts of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by their tech-loving Music Director, Jeffrey Kahane, reminded me of how he has increasingly taken to using iPads instead of regular sheet music, especially when playing the piano.  Among other reasons, it helps him avoid page-turning snafus.  Timo Andres also used one … Continue reading