For some reason, it makes a lot of people laugh — but for me, I always had a weakness for the nasal drawl of a harmonica. Around the campfire, perhaps, its bright sound cheerful, brash, unabashed.
But Bach? Rossini? In a concert hall?
Who knew? Try it out:
Buddy Greene on the harmonica, and if you’re amazed and delighted — there’s a bunch more on youtube.
(For something else cheerful, try today’s Eye Candy, Abundance, on sister blog A View from the Woods)
Absolutely wonderful! Absolutely. In our household Brigitte and I are always competing fiercely to carry the title of “The Finder” — re-awarded anytime one of us is first to find something lost, a frequent occurrence at our age! Well, today, we are delighted to award YOU that cherished title. You are The Finder!
I am honored, Arsen (and Brigitte). I am so much more frequently The Loser, or at least The Forgetter!
The absolute stillness of the audience at the beginning as they listened and then their whoops and spontaneous applause as he kicked it up a notch was wonderful to watch. Sometimes people amaze me with their abilities – that man is a musician of the finest sort! Thanks for sharing.
Just goes to show that a skilled technician can extract beauty out of any instrument – musical or human…
Here’s a ukelele example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k
And here’s an ipad example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcexJQM-8W0
Wow! Jake Shimabukuro on the ukelele — (Funny, when I played the ukelele it didn’t sound anything like that 😉
and, less true beauty perhaps, but incredible and even more amazing — the iPad/iPhone “concert”.
Thanks, Stef. Everybody, it’s worth a look at both of these!