Ryan Arcand has been homeless for 30 years. When Roslyn Polard of Edmonton, Canada came upon him playing an outdoor piano in town, she knew she was witnessing something special and pulled out her phone to record the moment. Polard told her that he’d written the piece and that nobody taught him to play music. In the days since the video was posted last month, it’s attracted attention from millions of viewers. However, little was known about Arcand or his story. When CBC News crews set out to find him, it took them three days to track him down. Keep reading »
“Deconstructed Piano,” an eery film by Austrian filmmaker Laurin Dopfner, is meant to represent “the gradual destruction of instrumental music through digital sound generators.” A piano is burned to the ground as its music is disrupted by two heat guns, or as Dopfner fittingly explains it, “an assault by two robots.” The Moonlight Sonata plays to represent the grief and pain felt by the piano. The process required eight hours of time lapse photography, with one frame every six seconds. I can’t imagine what it takes to convince someone to torch a gorgeous, capable piano, but the heartbreaking end result is pretty moving. [Laughing Squid]
A friend of mine took this picture at the American Ale House in State College, PA, and all I can say is I 100 percent understand the sentiment. I used to DJ pretty regularly, and people would come up to me all the time with requests. Sometimes they were nice, and sometimes they were pushy (a rock and punk DJ is probably never ever going to play that dubstep jam you really like). And sometimes — a lot of the time — they requested Michael Jackson. One time, a girl came up to me and requested a Guns ‘N’ Roses song and offered me $25 to play it. People are crazy (and really like to throw their money around).
But really, lay off the “Margaritaville,” okay?
There is no reason for you to watch this video other than to make you laugh and possibly make you stupider. But if you’re OK with that bargain, then by all means check out this video from the Greek version of “Britain’s Got Talent” of two men who can play a grand piano with their penises. Bravissimo! [YouTube via Glamour] Keep reading »
Last night at Carnegie Hall, Julliard trained piano virtuoso and eco-friendly fashionista Soyeon Lee gave an invigorating concert (with multiple standing ovations) entitled Re!nvented, which featured a repertoire of re-imagined masterpieces. On stage, the bold beauty breathed new life into classical music and 6,000 recycled grape juice boxes, which were used to make her dress. Introduced by Daryl Hannah, the shimmering gown was created by Brooklyn based designer, Nina Valenti from Fashion Ethic, an online boutique that specializes in stylish eco-friendly clothing. Being a hippie never looked so glamorous! Keep reading »