Monday, March 14, 2011

Wanna hang?

Here's a video of a "hang duo." I had no idea what that was until I watched this video. I love steel drums. By the way, when I listened to the first few seconds, I was like okay, whatever. Just keep listening.

I hope these videos have been interesting to you. I love music and there is just sooooo much variety to appreciate!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mr. Martin and the Banjo

I don't know if I have mentioned that I love the banjo. Well, now I have I guess. My great-grandfather played the banjo and now several of my family members do. So, what does this have to do with Steve Martin? I'll tell you.

I saw a clip of Steve Martin on the Muppet Show. He was holding a banjo and I thought it looked like he was really playing it. Sure enough, he was. I had no idea, but he's actually been playing the banjo for a very long time. Here are some of my favorite videos.

This first is of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." The BYU Folk Dance Team's band (I think) played a version of this when I was a kid. I had no idea what it was called, but I was delighted to hear it again.

So then I found this one.

And then this. Check out Noam Pikelny's face near the end. :)

Friday, March 4, 2011


I've been lucky in my life and know many very talented people. One that I met over a decade ago made a lasting impression on me, even though I haven't seen him for years. Let me introduce you to Mark Brignone.

I suggest you visit his website. On each page, there's a different professional recording. I love his gorgeous voice and smooth style. Hope y'all enjoy!