Tuesday, December 30, 2008
What's on the Tube?
Cousin-in-law Shane gave me a great Christmas present this year: a list of a few starting points for digging into the best music from Bob Dylan. I had confessed my ignorance, so he offered the gift of knowledge. Most were links to YouTube videos from stripped-down performances in the early '60s, and I got happily lost following related videos until I had blown an hour on ol' Bob. Tons of cool stuff like Don't Think Twice, It's Alright.
And isn't YouTube just unreal? It keeps blowing my mind. Like last week I was looking for something to do with gypsy music because of a couple of cool scenes in The Red Violin, and ended up finding this video for a gypsy band called Taraf de Haidouks. Most of the footage covers a Romanian wedding, and I must have watched (and listened) a half-dozen times, not entirely sure why I loved it so much. I've also been working through excellent violin lessons from Todd Ehle, all free on YouTube. This stuff makes me disproportionately happy.