21 March 2008

Stumbling Upon a Gem

Originally uploaded by csquard

Our middle son is in 4th grade and chose the cello when looking to pick an instrument for orchestra (our eldest plays the viola). The viola rarely gets cracked open at night, which we're OK with. Our eldest enjoys playing but isn't really into it, so we're not going to try and turn him into a wunderkind.

The cello is another matter. He's been into it since he got it and requested lessons from a musician at our church. She also teaches music class to our youngest at the church. I had the opportunity to take him once when my wife was out of town. It was me and eight stay-at-home mom's with their two and three year-olds lounging on the floor, clapping and dancing around. Maybe in some cities, it's called Group Therapy.

Anyways, he's working on a solo for the recital coming in the spring sometime, and he's doing just great. He wants to take his cello to the mountains this weekend for some reason, so I'm sure we'll dutifully stuff it into the minivan.

My favorite cello music has to be Bach's Cello Suite, which may be familiar to you from Yo-Yo Ma's performance in "Master and Commander," the Russell Crowe movie.

He puts so much into his music. I listen to this on iTunes all the time.

Mstislav Rostropovich, a Russian cellist, plays the same piece in 1991.

As I wandered on YouTube, I discovered an incredible gem. Again, hopefully old news to some of you, but I found an arrangement from the late Michael Hedges at the end of a concert he did in the summer of 1987.

He was a revolutionary acoustic guitarist, laying the groundwork for the likes of today's Kaki King among others. (btw, Kaki will be playing at The Tractor Tavern tonight at 9:00PM in Seattle, just in case anyone can get the nanny to watch the kids tonight...) On a side note, I found out The Wife is eligible for quadruple reward points from DSW Shoes as their only customer to buy 100 pairs of shoes in 2007.

I'm planning to download some of his music later today. The instrument he's playing is referred to as the harp guitar in the YouTube, which I've never heard of but was pretty neat. This was at the end of a concert in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It will blow you away...


Blogger DrChako said...

Finally I found someone to answer the question, "I don't know, what do YOU want to do tonight?"

If I can get the wife out of her accounting books, we are definitely headed out for some great live music tonight. Thanks for the tip.


12:14 PM  
Blogger CC said...

My Platinum AMEX card comes with a concierge service. If you don't have one, then I guess CC's Concierge Service is a good enough replacement!!

12:34 PM  
Blogger The Wife said...

Thanks for the tip - find it funny that people OUTSIDE of Seattle have to give us tips on what to do.

PS - I am wearing the hot red shoes right now and may continue wearing them if we do go out. Or maybe I need to go get some new ones . . . double points and all.


12:47 PM  
Blogger DrChako said...

Kaki rocked!

Many thanks to CC's Concierge Service. Just bill my AMEX...


12:15 PM  
Blogger Ignatious said...

awesome michael hedges clip. one of my all time fave musicians.

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