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July 07, 2006

More YouTube Finds

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Graham Lester discovers YouTube and turns up some beauties: a whole passel of gorgeous violin performances, and a bizarrely moving video that sets fragments of Japanese anime to Leonard Cohen's mournfully romantic "Suzanne." (Do we call such a creation a "remix"? A "mashup"?) Lexington Green unearths a montage of stills of Chet Baker accompanied by Baker's boyishly sexy and gentle "Let's Get Lost." BigTent points out some zanily endearing Bollywood funk, 'fro and all. 2Blowhards visitor Onetwothree volunteers a wonderfully zigzaggy performance by Thelonious Monk, while Brian zeroes in on the ultra-raw, old-time blugrass giant Roscoe Holcolmb, the man whose music inspired the term "a high, lonesome sound." If, after touring these sights and sounds, your ears, eyes, and brain aren't doing flipflops of pleasure, then the time has come to dial 911.

Surfing YouTube (and swapping YouTube links with others) makes me feel giddy. It makes me feel like I felt when I first started to explore the web itself. Lex writes, "Let me be the nine-millionth person to praise the infinite awesomeness of YouTube." Let me be the nine-million and oneth.



posted by Michael at July 7, 2006


I'd like to share one for the Bach lovers out there. This video of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor gives me a special appreciation of the complexity of the piece when I watch the little rectangles scroll by.

Posted by: al on July 7, 2006 11:59 AM

Celebrate NYC:

Paper Airplane, Brooklyn Bridge

Skateboarding Park Avenue

Posted by: Walker on July 7, 2006 1:01 PM

Great links, as usual! I really loved the Roscoe Holcolmb performance and the anime. I'm left speechless by the Bollywood one... ;)

I will also admit to being a complete YouTube addict - love it!

Posted by: jenny on July 8, 2006 9:18 AM

Jazz at its finest

Posted by: warren on July 8, 2006 2:18 PM

That paper airplane guy's got talent! Check out his other shorts. Like Toscanini said about something one time: "Simple, but good".

(Speaking of Toscanini, here he is doing Wagner's Forest Murmurs.)

And BTW, the Roscoe Holcomb clip is one of about four that are currently Youtubeable. Hunt around for the rest.

Posted by: Brian on July 8, 2006 8:07 PM

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