Friday, January 30, 2009

The Five Reasons for YouTube From an Anti-Video Internet Luddite

Ruth Underwood, Frank Zappa and a cast of a dozen perform "Pygmy Twylyte" on PBS in 1974:

Johnny Cash covers Trent Reznor's "Hurt" and pretty much redefines every pop music genre since Elvis:

Miss Teen South Carolina 2007 explains the dearth of geographical instruction in the greater United States and "the" Iraq, such as:

A chance to catch up on the 127th Annual "Upperclass Twit of the Year" via Monty Python circa roughly 1970:

And, speaking of England and all that, simply my single favorite video clip ever: Jacqueline Du Pré plays the first movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto:

I try not to take things too seriously, but seeing Jackie Du Pré run down the cello at around 2:48 of the Elgar makes the entire "Internet destroys the world as we know it" thing worthwhile, imho.

Bonus points for the look from bouffant-coiffed Daniel Barenboim as he starts off Du Pré and the orchestra at the beginning of the Elgar. It's quite obvious he can hardly wait from sheer anticipatory excitement, knowing his girlfriend Jackie is the Janis Joplin of the cello. Notice the left-hand conducting...he's almost as excited as the listener most certainly is. You don't have to love "classical" to love


The Westerner said...

The Johnny Cash is powerful. Had heard the song, but the video took my breath away.

Enjoyed Dupre even though not my kind of music. We had something in common...multiple sclerosis.

Neat post.

Randolf said...

yes, johnny and du Pre...the human essence.
thanks for turning me on.

NewMexiKen said...

Good stuff. Really good stuff.