Friday, February 12, 2016

Fun Friday - The Tokens-The Lion Sleeps Tonight

We love singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight.  This is so much fun to watch this performance in the early '60's.  Check out the hair and clothes.  Neil Sedaka was an original member of the Tokens.  Imagine.  Enjoy this blast from the past.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday - Stompin' Tom Sings The Hockey Song

Nobody is more Canadian than our own Stompin' Tom Connors.  It is getting close to the playoffs for hockey here.  If you think  the Super Bowl is a big deal, well then wait until there are Canadian teams in the finals for the Stanley Cup.  This is just for fun.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Musical Monday - Celine Dion Surprises the Canadian Tenors and Sings Hallelujah With Them

I was so disappointed when the Canadian Tenors changed their name to The Tenors.  Apparently, they had a new distribution contract with an American company that year as well.  Perhaps, they felt they would be better received in the United States minus the "Canadian" name.  
Even the writer of our Canadian National Anthem, Calixa Lavallee, had to go to the States to make a living.  So many times our Canadian talent feel they must leave Canada to be a bigger star south of the border.  Maybe that is why we love Stompin' Tom Connors who was Canadian to the core and never felt the need to leave.  
Nevertheless, here we have 2 of our fine Canadian talents together making a rather lovely sound of another of our favourites to sing. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fun Friday - My Younger Self Dance Moves

I want a magical mirror to see my younger self dancing to this music.  Yes it is a commercial but my what fun it is.  Now, I challenge you to try this out.  Imagine.  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday - Axis of Awesome - 4 Chords Pop Song

Last Friday we had the Pachelbel Rant where a cellist complained about the 4 notes he plays during the Pachelbel's Canon.  He also talked about how there are so many songs that reflect the sound of Pachelbel and his one hit wonder.  
Here is a fun study of the the 4 chord rock/pop music.  When I taught a rock unit to young people I would have them at the piano playing the 4 chords as we sang along with various songs much like this fun Axis of Awesome does.  Smart guys who can really sing.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Musical Monday - Adele - Hello / Lacrimosa (Mozart) – ThePianoGuys

Last Monday, we had a marvellous Canadian group, Walk Off the Earth doing a take on Adele's "Hello".  
It was so fun with unique instruments and movements including some great tap dance moves.  Now, check out what our amazing Piano Guys have given us.  Not only is the music fabulous but they are playing with "light sabers".  Well, they look just like light sabers.  Listen carefully to how they meld the two seemingly disparate pieces.  Oh yeah.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Fun Friday - Pachelbel Rant

We love Pachelbel's Canon but we haven't played the cello part.  This explains why maybe cellists don't like Pachelbel.  He is really funny.