Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I fell in love with the song "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" this year. I've heard it before, obviously, as I've seen the movie before, but that was a long time ago and I wasn't impressed with the movie overall. However, going back to watch the song, I find it rather delightful now:

I was hankering to listen to it tonight and so looked it up on YouTube. Imagine my delight when I found many, many versions. I've decided to post a few of my favorites.

So the first, Lou Rawls, well, whoa. Gorgeous voice. Gor. Geous.

This one by Jamie Cullum is very different. It took me a little bit to get into his voice and style, but I really liked the jazzy feel. He is an incredibly talented pianist!

And then I found Jacob Collier's version. What???!!! Craaaaazy arrangement. Very cool!

And of course if there is a Muppets version, we have to do that one. It made me giggle hysterically. And sigh because it's really sweet. Ben Vereen, folks:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Nothing to do with Christmas

I've been meaning to post this version of Holst's "Jupiter" for a few months. So here it is!

I actually played this piece in my middle school band. We probably sounded more like this: