Singing the composers’ names in their own style

This is just brilliant. Save yourself three years of music history classes and watch this (or perhaps you need three years of music history classes in order to get the jokes?) I think my favourite part is when they get to Stockhausen. Via 22 Words (and the Bel Canto FB page)

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30 days of amusing search terms

Ok, here are some of the best (read: amusing / bizarre) search terms people used to find the blog in the last 30 days (with a little groan-worthy commentary from me): what produces a flame sermon I think there’s some tips from Peter in the book of Acts. jesus preaching cartoons I think he preferred to use flannel-board presentations studeez important bits yes, I doez […]

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The beards of ministry

You’ve probably seen this going around the interwebs, but in case you haven’t: via CT  

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How to write a worship song in five minutes

With the 7in7 songwriting challenge coming up, you might need a little help and inspiration. Thanks to Alistair Roberts for passing on this gem: As Homer Simpson would say, It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

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The world’s greatest worship leader

The world’s greatest worship leader

I came across this yesterday, one of those random suggested videos that YouTube likes to show; perhaps you’ve already seen it, but I thought it was funny. It’s worth watching till the end for the closing song:

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Bishop’s Got Talent

Bishop’s Got Talent

After seeing the videos of Tom Wright, the former Bishop of¬†Durham, playing Dylan: and Lennon: I propose that the search for a next Archbishop of Canterbury be turned into a reality TV show: Bishop’s Got Talent Here’s another contender, the venerable Vicar of Dibley:

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Google Beatbox

Google Beatbox

  This is one of those “go to google and type this and then ____ will happen” things that my friends have been posting on facebook, and it’s rather cool. If you haven’t done it already, the idea is that you go to google translate and paste in the following text: pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv […]

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Applause Catch-22

Applause Catch-22

Following on from yesterday’s post about revivals, and having to be prepared for the unexpected, I’m reminded of an issue that is pertinent for any performance: applause. It’s pretty well impossible to judge how an audience is going to react, and where they might or might not applaud, at least in Mozart; perhaps it’s a bit more predictable in romantic works after a stonking great […]

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An improved seating plan

An improved seating plan

This cartoon by Rob Elliott is probably appropriate not only in Toronto:  

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Leaping Rossini! It’s Barbiere…

Leaping Rossini! It’s Barbiere…

Google’s doodle today celebrates the great leap-yearian Rossini: Love it! What better day to pull out the old Bugs Bunny classic as well:

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A visual guide to composing arias

A visual guide to composing arias
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Playable Lego Harpsichord

Playable Lego Harpsichord

In honour of tonight’s premiere of Alessandro¬†(and with that lego Dinosaur, the kid’s opera opening next week), here’s some Baroque fun; check out this harpsichord made of lego: With the exception of the wire strings, this instrument is entirely constructed out of LEGO parts–the keyboard, jacks, jack rack, jack rail, plectra, soundboard, bridge, hitch pins, tuning pins, wrestplank, nut, case, legs, lid, lid stick, and […]

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