Hey everyone, I’m trying something completely new with the Odd Quartet YouTube channel, as you can see above. This week, instead of recording another drawing session, I decided to turn the camera on myself. There are some really cool things about music that just don’t fit into the panels of a comic strip, and I hope these videos will be an outlet for that type of information. I have a couple of “episodes” already recorded. Some are a traditional vlog like today’s, and others are not. I haven’t set a schedule for uploading the videos yet. So, please subscribe to the YouTube channel so that you can see them as soon as they come out. Please let me know what you think, and let me know if there are any other topics/questions you’d like to see in future videos. Thanks!
With the school year coming to and end (for most), and the long summer days ahead. What are your summer music plans?
Volunteering in your local orchestra, traveling to see a favorite music group, going to band/orchestra/choir/Suzuki camp, or just taking advantage of the longer days to get some extra practice time in? Share your plans in the comments below, or if you know of a good summer music opportunity, feel free to share it with everyone!
As for myself, I’m going to try to see a drum corps show when they come through Texas later this summer and try to catch some good local music when I can.
There are two kickstarters that have caught my attention this week. One is trying to record Beethoven on period instruments and the other is trying to invent a completely new kind of instrument. Here’s the breakdown.
The Beethoven project proposes to record all of Beethovens sonatas for Fortepiano and violin on period instruments Over the course of four separate albums. The first of which is the focus of this kickstarter campaign. The musicians behind the project Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata are both very accomplished and the project has a clearly defined goal. It will be very interesting to see if they can fund the entire four album project. Check out their video above, or check out all the details at their kickstarter page. The Beethoven Project has some grand ambitions, but with a little under five days to go as of this writing and only 70% funded, it seems like an uphill battle.
The next project is one that is a great example of the out-of-the-box thinking that kickstarters are known for:
Basically, Imogen Heap has been working with some pretty cool technology when it comes to making music and these gloves are something that have clearly been in the works for quite some time. I think there could be some interesting applications for these gloves if they are funded. As of this writing, the project has a week to go and is 40% funded. This is one instance where I wish I had enough money to get in on the single-glove tier…heck, even the maker-tier. Check out the full details at her kickstarter page.
Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about how I started learning music when I was a kid. I started with piano lessons in elementary school, which quickly evolved into playing percussion in middle school and high school. Looking back, I realize how important it was that my parents encouraged my music lessons. I wasn’t the kind of kid that would have taken on music lessons without my parents encouragement. I was a kid. My idea of a well balanced breakfast was a bowlful of FruitLoops teetering on the arm of the couch while I watched Saturday morning cartoons. I had NO idea the benefits that an education in music would bring. My parents were even willing to give me a drum set when I was in high school. I can only imagine what that sounded like in the early days of trying to convince my hands and feet to do 4 different things at once. At one point, I even tried to “soundproof” my room in an effort to shield my family from the endless practicing. Somehow, I don’t think those heavy blankets hung around my room did anything to help the situation.
The funny thing is, I can’t remember my parents ever complaining about the noise. Sure, it annoyed my sisters, but we were always bugging each other back in those days. I guess what I’m trying to say is, be sure to thank the people who introduced you to music and told you that music is important, music is worth pursuing, and that it’s okay if you don’t sound perfect at the beginning – all you have to do is practice, practice, practice.
What is your favorite way to get a song UN-stuck from infinite loop in your head?
Saying the alphabet backwards? Holding your breath (or does that only work on hiccups)? Leave your favorites in the comments below. Interested to see what you all come up with!