David Bowie Impersonates Elvis for Christmas
The late David Bowie shall be remembered for many achievents, acting, writing and more. One of his lesser known talents should be noted as well. As mentioned here previously, an impersonator. Check out what he did for Christmas in 2013.
David Bowie Ipersonates Elvis
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Only Known Video of Louis Armstrong in the Studio
There is no doubt the Louis Armstrong is an influence and a legend. As is the case with many early era musicians, video footage is hard to find. Too often the footage is lost, destroyed or never even existed. It was pleasing to see in a post at Open Culture that there does exist one video of “Satchmo” in the studio.
George Harrison’s Final Performance
I rarely meet anyone who totally hates The Beatles. I loved the band. However, I think one of the best things to happen with the breakup is the fact that George Harrison was no longer limited to one or two songs per album.
I was never aware of the video I am going to share until I happened on it at Open Culture.
Pink Floyd and Other Modern Music Performed on a Traditional Korean Instrument, The Gayageum
You may have already seen these videos. I noticed this Pink Floyd on the gayageum over at Boing! Boing!, saved it for further exploration and the next day found even more at Open Culture. Videos go viral for many reasons, in this case, the reason is Luna Lee’s talent.
More information, and videos, after the break. Check out how she nails the guitar parts about 2:30 in.
Another Brick in the Wall performed by Luna Lee
David Bowie the Impersonator
No doubt we have all heard a lot about David Bowie of the late. But have you heard of David Bowie the impersonator? Certainly the multi-faceted talent could become any character. Glam rocker, Star Man, Tesla, a goblin king or any other role, he always seemed to nail it.
He did it perfectly and made it look easy. To the point where people are already wondering who can replace him in a rumored Labyrinth 2. Most performers become remembered for a particular character or role.
In my opinion, we are going to remember David Bowie for exactly the opposite. The man could become any character. He truly was flexible and elastic able to bend, shrink or expand to become whatever the role demanded. I remember first seeing him as Tesla and my reaction was “wait, is that David Bowie?”.
Check out how well David Bowie, the Impersonator, nails fellow musicians in the video after the break.
The Music Vault – An Amazingly Impressive Archive of Live Concerts
If you are a Grateful Dead fan, you will love this YouTube channel. As Open Culture notes, The Grateful Dead have the most dominant presence on the site but, considering how many shows they did, shouldn’t that just follow as reasonable?
The abundance of the dead can make it a bit tough to find other bands. However, try searching YouTube using “Music Vault + [insert band name here]” to filter out some of the Grateful Dead.
I spent about a half hour browsing the site. It is not that difficult to find artists other than The Dead. In my opinion, the site is well worth the browsing time. You may also wish to explore the link to Open Culture as they have many links to many artists. I picked one they didn’t mention to share after the break.
The Beatles on HD and Streaming Services
I am a Beatles fan. I have been since I was a small child. I actually remember the day Abbey Road was released. I was six years old. What was big news then is now history.
In case you missed it, they made what I believe will be, perhaps not historic, but at the least a milestone release on Christmas Eve. In the video below, a short 35-second mix of various Fab Four hits, announces that The Beatles are now available on nine streaming music services. (Source)
The Beatles are now streamable at:
- Apple Music
- Google Play
- Amazon Prime Music
- Microsoft Groove
- Slacker Radio
In case you noticed that Pandora and iHeart are not on the list, it is because The Beatles have always been available on those services. Tech Times has more details about why.
I think this is pretty awesome news. I also discovered that they have released many HD videos as well. I am going to share one of my favorites below and there will be a link to the Open Culture article which has many more videos at the bottom of this post.
The article at Open Culture also goes into how John, Paul, George and Ringo were ahead of their time. Obviously, these videos were not made any time recent. While a few other bands in that era did movies and videos, The Beatles and The Monkees were likely the most progressive regarding what we now call “music videos”. Most other videos of the time were more like documentaries or simply concert videos. Hopefully, more and more “main-stream” artist will get with the new media order and embrace what the listeners want and not treat new technology like a mobster.
The Beatles – Revolution
Here Are a Few Places to Find Christmas Music
Merry Christmas All,
While many of my fellow Americans are enjoying our usually warm December weather, it is not for me. I want the ground white, especially on Christmas. I am doing what I can to get myself in the spirit. I already pulled out my CD of Bing’s White Christmas and am now listening to The Celtic Music Podcast. It is working and I thought I would share some of the places I find Christmas music. The links I am about to share should give you more than enough music to get you though both the eve and the day.
- If you like Marc Gunn’s Irish and Celtic Podcast, he has all his Celtic Christmas Music.
- For you podsafe buff, Uwe Herman has a great list of podsafe Christmas music.
- Openculture.com alos has a great list of Christmas music, 22 hours of it in total.
I also found this Scott Weiland Winter Wonderland video over at Open Culture and thought I would share it here.
We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and new year.
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One of His Best Performances – BB King at Sing Sing
I am a BB King fan. I actually got to meet him once. I feel blessed. If I recall correctly, I saw him perform three times. Despite growing up in the 70s, I am certain I could not forget seeing this legend.
I happened on the video below at Open Culture. As mentioned in the article, link after the video, he thought it one of his best performances. I have seen this and many other of his videos before and I agree.
If you liked the video above, check out the additional ones at Open Culture.
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Polyphonic Singing – Singing Two Notes at Once
I remember seeing Tibetan monks singing on TV. They were generating multiple tones at the same time. This Open Culture post immediately reminded me of that event. I am not sure if they were doing exactly what Anna-Maria Hefele is doing in this video but she is amazing nonetheless.
- This Woman’s Polyphonic Overtone Singing Doesn’t Sound Humanly Possible (worldduh.com)
- Polyphonic Singing Is Weird and Amazing (neatorama.com)
- This Woman’s Mindblowing Talent Involves Singing Multiple Notes At Once (buzzfeed.com)
JIMI HENDRIX – 1967.12.22 “Christmas on Earth Continued”
Open Culture is one of my favorite feeds. Not only do they share where to find books but also video gems like the one below. Check out Jimi covering The Beatles.
- Vintage Advert Featuring Jimi Hendrix Dressed As Santa Claus (neatorama.com)
- Jimi Hendrix, the Uncut Story, watch free online (dphilosophy.com)
- Jimi Hendrix Unplugged: Two Rare Recordings of Hendrix Playing Acoustic Guitar (openculture.com)