My new favorite cello piece, listening on repeat.
If you haven’t picked up your instrument in awhile it can become more frustrating than relaxing to be so rusty and not at your peak performance…
Then you watch these videos and remember that it’s more about playing genuinely than perfectly that makes it so much fun to share music with others.
You may have already seen this video since the guy has over 3 million views. If not, you’ll gain a new appreciation for the ukulele.
My dad actually found this first. Great find, pops! In case you don’t know, it’s originally a Beatles song – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Now performing at Jesse’s Happy hour:
There was a time when I was the shit at breakdancing. Now remove the “the” and your left with my current skill level. Ok maybe I was never really the shit at breakin’, but I did enjoy it. We used to practice everyday after school and had our own crew called Kombined Stylez…FTW! lol (and yes we did spell it with a Z because we’re that real hip hop). Shnap, it..just..got..real.
Put on your dancing feet and get down with the Hammer Dance:
Seriously though, this beat is SICK. Makes me wish I kept dancing. “I coulda been a contenda!”
Please welcome the world reknowned cellist, János Starker, playing Sonata for Cello Solo by Hungarian composer, Zoltán Kodály. Fascinating bio at wikipedia:
János Starker (born July 5, 1924) is a Hungarian-born cellist and one of the most famous cellists of the twentieth century. He taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 1958 until 2009, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor.
Starker’s two older brothers were violinists, and the young János (named for the hospital in which he was born) was given a cello before his sixth birthday. A child prodigy, Starker made his first public performances at ages six and seven. He entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest to study with Adolf Schiffer and made his debut there at age 11. Starker began teaching other children at age eight, and by the time he was 12 he had five pupils. Starker counts among his strongest influences Leo Weiner, a composer who taught chamber music. Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók and Ernő Dohnányi were also members of the Liszt Academy faculty.
Starker made his professional debut at age 14 playing the Dvořák concerto with three hours’ notice when the originally scheduled soloist was unable to play. He left the Liszt Academy in 1939 and spent most of the war in Budapest. Because of his youth, Starker escaped the tragic fate of his older brothers, who were pressed into forced labor and eventually murdered by the Nazis. Starker nevertheless spent three months in a Nazi internment camp.