List by Tosca
"There is nothing either good or bad but twittering makes it so."
- NOT a quote by William Shakespeare, and found here (along with a few others)
I enjoy playing on Twitter. The people, the conversations and the incredibly quick pace mean I'm endlessly entertained. There is always some gem of a link, website, book, film, video clip, political issue, celebrity faux pas being discussed at any time, by any number of interested parties. And I can pick and choose what catches my fancy. It's like...magic. Where other people see disorder and frivolous chatter, I find some kernel of beauty in the visual cacophany that is this medium. Sure, most of the time what I personally tweet adds no value whatsoever to anybody's life (let alone mine) so it's probably just as well that I do it for my entertainment alone. (I promise we don't run our work tweetstream like that). More often thank you'd think, though, there are seemingly out-of-the-ordinary links that lead to the most surprising conversations that, in turn, lead to some great recommendations. In this instance, 2 CDs for 2 groups that come complete with 2 video clips that serve as 2 reasons they belong in your life right now. Or something much like it.
I need to thank two people (one person/one organisation?) for this post: @IArtLibraries (Library as Incubator) for my last 2011 music recommendation, and a certain craftaholic I follow on my personal tweetstream for my first 2012 music recommendation. Mad respect!
Note: Friday is, ordinarily, a Top 5 post, so I apologise if that's what you were expecting, and sincerely hope you enjoy this just as much as if it were one.
Genre: Bluegrass, folk
Group: Punch Brothers
Names Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert, Noam Pikelny, and Gabe Witcher
Bio: The Punch Brothers are an American bluegrass band. The band members are Chris Thile (lead vocals, mandolin), Chris Eldridge (vocals, guitar), Paul Kowert (vocals, bass), Noam Pikelny (vocals, banjo), and Gabe Witcher (vocals, fiddle).
I get such a buzz out of listening to this CD. I suspect I could never play the mandolin like this ever, ever, ever, but when others can? It's quite, quite awesome to see/hear.
Genre: Rock (YES, I said ROCK, and yes, I know it has cellos and, possibly, means it should be the least rockiest thing on the face of the planet ever!)
Names Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser
Bio: 2Cellos is a duo made up of Croatian cellists Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser. Šulić/Hauser were discovered after they uploaded their cello cover of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal (not the song I've used here) to YouTube. Not surprisingly, the clip went viral and the rest, as they say, is history. (Was explaining this to Mr. 8 who innocently asked, 'You mean just like Justin Bieber?' Oy *winces*).
Mr. 13 saw me watching this clip and, when he realised what the tune was, asked me to rewind it back. After listening to the full clip he said to me, 'That? That should not work. It shouldn't. Can we buy their music?'