First, I have another flash mob video to share with you. This one comes from the UK with students from Mont Rose College performing at a mall in Stratford, UK. Do you recognize any of the music? How do you think the performers prepare to do something like this? Do you think it takes a lot of confidence to do a flash mob?
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I know you all know the next song - “Happy” by Pharell. Here is an awesome cover (a group of musicians playing a song that was originally made by someone else) by a group called “Simply Three.” They all play string instruments. What do you think? Did you find yourself singing along? Even they didn’t sing or talk during the performance, did you find yourself enjoying it and feeling excited the whole time? How can musicians make you feel excited without singing or talking?
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Our next video is of a song called “Pata Pata.” It is quite famous and was originally recorded by a singer named, Miriam Makeba. Miriam was born in South Africa in 1932. She was an incredibly talented musician and was one of the first singers from Africa that became famous across the world. For a short time, she moved to the United States where she recorded her first album in 1960 and recorded her most popular song, “Pata Pata” in 1967. “Pata Pata” is written in the Xhosa language and means “Touch Touch” which is spoken by people who live in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Something really interesting about the language is that in addition to speaking using regular sounds, it also uses “clicking” sounds that have meaning! Here is a short video on how to make the clicking sounds. Here is a performance of Miriam Makeba singing “Pata Pata.” I also wanted to share a video of Angelique Kidjo on Austin City Limits doing a cover of “Pata Pata.” How are they different? Which do you like better?
Here is more information about South Africa and the Xhosa language where you can hear a native speaker speaking the language and you can hear how the clicks integrate right into their spoken language. Here is one more video of Miriam Makeba singing a very famous song from South Africa song that uses the clicking sounds. The language she is speaking right before she starts singing is French.
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This last video is amazing. In London, in the UK, they have a piano just sitting out on the sidewalk that anyone can sit down and play. Here is a video of an eleven-year-old musician playing a very famous song called the “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven. Do you think he would have been nervous to do this?
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Finally, here is my Piano Guys video of the week. This is a cover (remember that word from earlier?) of One Direction’s “Story of my Life.” I hope you enjoy it.
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Hang in there – the school year is winding down. I hope that as we begin to transition to summer that you are able to find some new and exciting things to do as more and more things begin to open up around Long Island. As always, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how you are doing. I miss you...
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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