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July 28, 2006

You Tube-ishness

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Lex turns up a Ronettes video that's somehow funky and darling at the same time. He annotates it touchingly too.

* God is in the house -- Art Tatum himself, making his grand piano look like Linus' (Correction: Schroeder's) toy keyboard:

* What business model? Ilkka's predicting that YouTube will last for another year, tops.



posted by Michael at July 28, 2006


Art Tatum was probably the most gifted American musician on a performance level of the 20th century. He played with an astonishing ease that was superhuman. Thanks for the clip.

Posted by: the patriarch on July 28, 2006 7:55 PM

Oh yeah. And as with all technically gifted musicians, his hand are freakin' huge. Same with Stevie Ray Vaugh, Jaco Pastorius, etc. You know what that means, right? Yep, big gloves.

Posted by: the patriarch on July 28, 2006 7:57 PM

It's impossible for an old fartette like myself to not wax nostalgic looking at the Ronettes. But mostly I couldn't get over everybody's getups; when I was 15 I managed to work up the nerve to wear white Go-Go boots around for a while (with white, never dark, lace stockings -- I looked like I was on my way to a real happenin' wedding) until one day I wore them in to my flute lesson and my teacher said, "Oh, I see you got some rabbit boots" and I didn't like the sound of that, and I never wore them again. And the Ronettes' outfits are really groovy -- makes me think of sort of a Hillary by way of Lieutenant Uhura kind of thing going on there.

Posted by: Flutist on July 28, 2006 8:55 PM

Michael - very nice piece by Tatum. Yeah, YouTube will probably die a horrible death (the copyright violation issue cannot be overlooked forever, apart from the bandwith demand thing), but there is clearly a huge market for short form videos, and Microsoft and Apple appear to be getting ready to rumble over the portable player market. So even if YouTube crashes and burns, somebody else will take its place and push it ahead to something new and unexpected.

Posted by: Alec on July 29, 2006 6:15 AM

You mean Schroeder's toy keyboard, don't you?

Posted by: Aaron Haspel on July 29, 2006 10:24 AM

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